ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano – Roman Mints, v. /Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, per./Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz (2 CDs)
The many styles of Alfred Schnittke explored in authentic performances. ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano = Sonata No. 1—Sonata No. 2 ‘Quasi una Sonata’; Sonata No. 3; Suite in the Old Style; Congratulatory Rondo; Stille Nacht; Polka – Roman Mints, violin/Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, percussion/Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz […]
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
ULLMANN: The Complete Works for Piano Solo = Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 thru 7; Variations & Double Fugue – Christophe Sirodeau, p. – BIS (2 CDs)
Virtuoso Christophe Sirodeau aids in the “rediscovery” of Holocaust composer Viktor Ullmann, whom Sirodeau celebrates as hero, not victim.
SCHULHOFF: Suite Dansante en jazz; 11 Inventions; Sonata No. 3; Partita for Clavier – Michal Tal, p. – Centaur
The “Lost Generation” composer Edwin Schulhoff finds conscientious readings of his piano music from Israeli artist Michal Tal.
“American Aggregate” – Music composed by NATHAN LINCOLN-DECUSATIS, ARMANDO BAYOLO, DAN VISCONTI, JULIA ADOLPHE, STEPHEN GORBOS, GREGORY SPEARS and JOSEPH HALLMAN [TrackList follows] – Inscape – Sono Luminus Pure Audio Blu-ray+CD
Superb contemporary chamber music with a state-of-the-art recording.
SCRIABIN: Complete Etudes – Andrei Korobnikov, piano – Mirare
The Russian mystic and virtuoso Scriabin enjoys a devoted acolyte in Korobnikov, who surveys the etudes and the voluptuous Seventh Sonata.
WEINBERG: Solo Sonata No. 3; Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello; Sonatina for Violin and Piano; Concertino for Violin and String Orch.; Symphony No. 10 for String Orch. – Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica – ECM New Series
Violinist-conductor Gidon Kremer and his select Baltic ensemble explore the romantic/experimental side of Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
BRIAN NOYES: Journeys after… = Points of Decision; Shadows of Memory – Moravian Philharmonic Orch./ Petr Vronsky & St. Petersburg State Sym./ Vladimir Lande – Navona
A challenging and dissonant journey into the mind of a unique poet.
Unusual Big Band session from Turkish composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol – What’s Next? – Vinyl or CD – Dunya
The Turkish influence adds to interest of this big band.
“FRED LERDAHL, Vol. 4” = Spirals; Three Diatonic Studies; Imbrications; Wake; Fantasy Etudes – Mirka Viitala, piano/ Odense Sym. Orch. /Scott Yoo /Argento Ch. Ens. /Michel Galante /BSO Ch. Players /David Epstein/ eighth blackbird – Bridge
If you want to acquaint yourself with the music of contemporary composer Fred Lerdahl, this is a good place to start.
* SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS Works, Vol. 2 – Melbourne Sym./ Sir Andrew Davis – Chandos
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A cross-section of works from this composer/conductor, who in his earlier works was influenced by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.
Ebony Band, “Around Prague, 1922-1937” = Works of PONC, ULLMANN, BURIAN, HABA, SCHIMMERLING – Channel Classics
Special interest to be sure, but a rewarding glimpse into a troubled era.
KENNETH KARLSSON = “the view was all in lines” = ROLF WALLIN: Seven Imperatives; SCHOENBERG/ SCHAATHUN/ WALLIN: Zwölf kleine klavierstücke; SCHAATHUN: Transcriptions of an Unknown Symphony; SCHAATHUN: Stravinsky goes Bach and Schaathun goes Frescobaldi; WALLIN: Etude 3; SCHOENBERG: Sechs kleine Klavierstücke – Kenneth Karlsson, p. – 2L
Somebody was thinking in overdrive in the conception of this program.