Monthly Archive: December 2012
Post-Coltrane music which evokes a bygone but not forgotten era.
The RIAS Second Viennese School Project [TrackList follows] – Soloists/ RIAS Choir & Orch/Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Radio-Sym./various cond. – Audite (4 CDs)
Even after 100 years, the music of the Second Viennese School challenges and offends, our musical and intellectual complacency assaulted by sounds and textures testing the limits of our aesthetic prejudices.
Pretty abstract, though interesting in its own way.
Bach and Beyond Part 1 = BACH: Partitas Nos. 2 & 3; YSAŸE: Sonata No. 2; KAIJA SAARIAHO: Nocturne; MISSY MAZZOU: Dissolve, O My Heart – Jennifer Koh, violin – Çedille
Koh arrives at Bach with a studied determination and vibrant affectation.
Such collections can often be frustrating—but not this one.
PAUL JUON (1872-1940): Sextet Op. 22 in C minor; Quintet Op. 44 in F major – Oliver Trendl, piano/ Thomas Grossenbacher, c. /Carmina Quartet – CPO
The Carmina and their colleagues unerringly locate the means to transition through to some extraordinary musical ecstasy.
British Music for Piano Duo = HOLST: In Memoriam William Morris; The Planets; ELGAR: Serenade in E Minor; BURY: Prelude and Fugue; BAINTON: Miniature Suite – Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow, pianists – Diversions
A reissue of the 1996 recital of Elgar and Holst that provides insight into the harmonic thinking of their popular orchestral works, as well as introduces us to several new pieces.
MICHAEL NYMAN, “Chamber Music Vol. 1 (Piano Trios 1992-2010)” = Poczatek; The Photography of Chance; Yellow Beach; Time Will Pronounce – The Fidelio Trio – MN Records MICHAEL NYMAN, “Chamber Music Vol. 2 (String Quartets 1 – 3)” – Balanescu Quartet – MN Records
Two new additions to the MN collection illustrate his eclectic talent.
BRAHMS: Viola Sonata in F Minor; SCHUBERT: “Arpeggione” Sonata in A Minor; FRANCK: Sonata for Violin and Piano (arr. for viola) – Tabea Zimmermann, viola/ Kirill Gerstein, p. – Myrios Classics
Zimmermann and Gerstein collaborate in Volume 2 of their Sonatas for Viola and Piano series, here a resonant exploration of three Romantic staples.
An excellent recording—and almost a great one—of Handel’s masterwork.
One reviewer said this was “Better than the original!” I find him completely wrong.
A well-deserved re-release of one of many of William Christie’s pioneering recordings.
"Terpsichore: Muse of the Dance" = Dances by Michael PRAETORIUS and William BRADE – Julien Martin, recorder/ Doron Sherwin, cornet/ Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orch./ Skip Sempé – Paradizo
Something like René Clemencic on French Harmonia mundi 30 years ago, but less wild and not quite as audiophile.
A lively and accessible version of jazz.
MICHAEL NYMAN: ‘Sangam’ = Three Ways of Describing Rain; Compiling the Colours – Michael Nyman Ens./Misra vocal ens.– MN Records
Very interesting blend of cultures.
Electronic washes, spooky melodica, cool trumpet: a different approach to synthesis.
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* = 12 Best Multichannel Discs of the Month CLASSICAL (Incl. HI-RES), CLASSICAL REISSUE & CL. VINYL ACHRON: Complete Suites for Violin and Piano – Shaham/Erez – Hyperion CDA 67841 VOLKMAR ANDREAE: Symphony in C Major, Op. 31; Notturno and Scherzo, Op. 30; Music for Orchestra, Op. 35; Kleine Suite, Op. 27 – Bournemouth Sym. Orch. […]
Superbly performed and recorded solo piano jazz improvisations.
Canciones españolas = Works of FALLA, RODRIGO & GRANADOS – Bernarda Fink, mezzo – Harmonia mundi 902133
A primary recommendation for all who love Spanish sing, sung with love and evident affinity for the music.
An exceptional song disc of great variety, and—rarely these days—thought.
A genre-bending instrumental duo which continues to defy expectations.