Monthly Archive: March 2014
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concertos 1 – 5 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, p./ BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda – Chandos (2 CDs)
As electric and athletic a set of Prokofiev piano concertos as you could wish, brilliantly performed and recorded.
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A well-executed disc of fresh, vibrant and contemporary American choral music but is a let down by a bad choice of performance space.
This is essential for a study of twentieth century music!
A fascinating and nostalgic documentary on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
WAGNER: Excerpts from The Ring & Parsifal with many soloists & orch./ cond. by Karl Muck – Pristine Audio (2 CD-Rs.)
A glorious restoration of the 1927-1928 Parsifal recordings led by Karl Muck, considered master of this opera’s especial ethos.
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MOZART: 3 Piano Concerti a Quattro = Slavka Pechokova-Vernerova, p./ Members of Prazak Quartet with Pavel Nejtek, doublebass – Praga Digitals
A fine performance of three Mozart piano concertos in excellent sonics.
PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky Cantata [TrackList follows] – Chicago Sym. Orch. & Chorus/ Rosalind Elias, mezzo soloist/ Fritz Reiner – HDDT DVD-R
Another fine hi-res version of Alexander Nevsky from Fritz Reiner.
“Hymne à l’univers” [TrackList follows] – Organ recital by Mattias Wager at the Grand Organ in Stockholm City Hall – Opus 3
A fine program of 1930s-period French composers on a magnificent pipe organ.
POULENC: Stabat Mater; Seven Tenebrae Responses – Carolyn Sampson, sop./ Cappella Amsterdam/ Estonian Philharmonic Ch. Choir/ Estonian National Ch. Orch./ Daniel Ruess – Harmonia mundi
An apt and perfect Lenten coupling, in splendid sound and radiant performances.
“Fortuna Sherzosa” = Works of PHILIPP HEINRICH ERLEBACH, JOHANN ULICH, JOHANN PHILIPP FRIEGER & TELEMANN – Ina Siedlaczek, sop./ Hamburger Ratsmusik – Audite
A brilliant recital of mostly unknown music guaranteed to entertain and enlighten.
Paganini Variations = LISZT: Grandes etudes de Paganini; BRAHMS: Paganini Variations, Op. 35; LUTOSLAWSKI: Paganini Variations for Two Pianos; RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Tzimon Barto, p./ Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orch./ Christoph Eschenbach – Ondine (2 CDs)
Tzimon Barto traverses several of the familiar treatments of the Paganini Caprice No. 24 by composers who relish its bravura keyboard possibilities.
A jazz confection worthy of sampling.
Dark Scandinavian stuff for your conjecture if you’re a complete Bergman fan.
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor; Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor – Dinu Lipatti, p./ Tonhalle Orch. Zurich/ Otto Ackermann – Pristine Audio
Andrew Rose grants a new and powerfully refreshed sound to Dinu Lipatti’s Chopin, a colossal meeting of musical sympathies.
“David Starobin: New Music With Guitar, Vol. 8”: DAVID STAROBIN: Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen (2010); PAUL LANSKY: Partita (2010); POUL RUDERS: Six Pages; GEORGE CRUMB: The Ghosts of Alhambra – David Starobin, guitar/ Mari Yoshinaga & Daniel Druckman, perc./ Patrick Mason, bar. – Bridge
in addition to the musical pleasures, this disc is also useful for checking out how many strands of nuance and layers of subtlety your system is capable of.
A fine video concert by Mr. Play Bach himself, Jacques Loussier, on his 70th birthday.
“Duende” – D. SCARLATTI Harpsichord Sonatas; “Pandora’s Box” Sampler of Skip Sempé & Capriccio Stravagante [TrackList follows] – Skip Sempé & Olivier Fortin, harpsichords/ Capriccio Stravagante – Paradizo (2 CDs)
A wonderful sampler of Skip Sempé’s work with Capriccio Stavagante as well as a prime collection of Scarlatti Sonatas for Harpsichord.
Fritz Wunderlich, Der Kammersänger = Arias by HANDEL, GLUCK, MOZART, PUCCINI, LORTZING and TCHAIKOVSKY and songs – Rafael Kubelik, Eugen Jochum, Emmerich Smola, Hans Moltkau, Otto Gerdes, Robert Stolz, conductors – Clearaudio vinyl double-LP
A terrific double-vinyl reissue of tenor Wunderlich.
“Transcriptions for Clarinet Choir” = Music by VERDI, DVORAK, BACH, et al. (TrackList follows) – Orch. Mediterranea di Clarinetti/ Gianluca Campagnolo – Amadeus Arte
Mostly very nice arrangements played quite well.
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