Monthly Archive: June 2009
HAYDN: The Creation (in German) – Sally Matthew (Gabriel, Eva)/ Ian Bostridge (Uriel)/ Dietrich Henschel (Raphael, Adam)/ London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Colin Davis, conductor – LSO Live
The best modern edition in German to come around for years.
The Celtic Viol = Airs and Dances by O’Carolan, Simon Fraser, Niel Gow, James Macpheson, William Marshall, and traditional Irish and Scottish – Jordi Savall, treble viols/ Andrew Lawrence-King, Irish harp and psalterium – AliaVox
Savall goes Celtic—and the result are just as you might predict.
Michael Rabin Collection, Vol. 2 = Violin Works of BRAHMS, WIENIAWSKI, BRUCH, MENDELSSOHN, KREISLER, SAINT-SAENS, CRESTON, MASSENET, YSAYE, MILHAUD, others – Doremi (3 discs)
A second volume of rare and historic collaborations and solo work from Michael Rabin, the tragic American talent whom we lost much too early in a meteoric career, warrants our attention.
Clara Haskil, piano = Works of MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN – with RIAS Sym. Orch./Ferenc Fricsay – Audite (2 CDs)
Haskil’s ability to make a singing tone of the keyboard embodied her especial gift, which few have equaled or surpassed.
Another interesting mix of world music and jazz, which adds an early classical music element.
The virtuoso trumpeter covers many contrasting styles in a potpourri of boundary-breaking music.
The whole album is very well put together and a testament to the skills of trumpeter Barnhart.
VINCENT D’INDY: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 = Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 57; Tableaux de voyage, Op. 36; Karadec, Op. 34 – Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Rumon Gamba – Chandos
I had not heard Mr. Gamba in the first volume of D’Indy from Chandos, but this disc convinced me he knows what he is doing.
Three Violinists play BACH = Violin Concertos Nos. 1 in A Minor & 2 in E Major; Double Concerto in D Minor; Concerto for Violin and Oboe – Devy Erlih, violin/Henri Merckel, violin/Reinhold Barchet, violin/ Pro Arte Ch. Orch./Kurt Redel – Opus Kura
Quietly restored, devotional Bach, recommended to the adventurous who look backward for sweeter sounds.
One of the finest organ recordings I have heard; and with such rare and rewarding, largely romantic sounds, it is to be highly recommended.
MOZART: Piano Concertos No. 5 in D, KV 175; No. 8 in C, KV 246; No. 23 in A, KV 488 – Christian Zacharias, piano/ Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne – MDG
Volume five is here, and bring on the rest!
Following his illness and operation, Fricsay was a changed man, one back from the grave, from a confrontation with the Infinite.
Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace and Music – 40th-Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition – Director’s Cut, Blu-ray (1969/2009)
The definitive disc reissue of this milestone event in the history of rock & roll.
HANDEL: Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord – Heiko ter Schegget, recorder/ Zvi Meniker, harpsichord – MDG
Yet another fine Handel recorder disc, this time in equally fine surround sound.
A bank heist thriller that keeps you guessing almost up to the very end.
Mordecai Shehori, piano, plays SCHUMANN and LISZT–The Poet and the Visionary = SCHUMANN: Arabeske in C Major; Widmung (arr. Liszt); Sonata in G Minor; LISZT: Harmonies du Soir; Saint Francis of Assisi Sermon of the Birds; Ballade No. 2 – Cembal d’amore
Shehori’s projects the dualisms that pervade these two Romantics’ perspectives of the artist and his response to worlds both natural and interior.
Clara Haskil, piano = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 19; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor (two perf.); SCHUMANN: Bunte Blaetter: 3 Pieces; Albumblatter; Abegg Variations; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 – with RIAS Sym. Orch./Ferenc Fricsay – Audite (2 CDs)
Haskil’s ability to make a singing tone of the keyboard embodied her especial gift.
GOUE: Troisieme Quatour; Sonate pour violon et piano – Quatour Loewenguth/Alfred Loewenguth, violin/Francoise Doreau, piano – Azur Classical
A post-Romantic voice heavily indebted to the formalism of Franck and D‘Indy, with modal inclinations and strong, melodic aspirations.
ARENSKY: Violin Concerto in A minor; TANEYEV: Suite de concert – Ilya Gringolts, violin/ BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./ Ilan Volkov, conductor – Hyperion
Another strong entry in Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series.
BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Prelude and Fugue in D; Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor; Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor – Florence Mustric, organ – MSR
A snapshot of the pre-restoration sound of this 1956 German instrument—and Bach, for the most part, benefits.
SCHUBERT: Symphonies No. 1 in D; No. 3 in D; No 7(8) in B-minor – Bamberg Symphony/ Jonathan Nott, conductor – Tudor
The completion of the first SACD Schubert symphony series.
JACOB GADE: Jealousy = Jalousie; Leda and the Swan; Suite D’Amour; Rhapsodietta; Romanesca; Wedding at Himmelpind; Valse Capriccio; Copenhagen Life Waltz; Douces Secrets – Valse Lente – Odense Sym. Orch./Matthias Aeschbacher – DaCapo
Delightful light music, beautifully played and in sparkling surround sound.