MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in c; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c – Yevgeny Sudbin, p./ Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vanska – BIS
Sudbin and Vanska collaborate in music that shares common dramatic impulses. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in c, K. 491; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, Op. 37 – Yevgeny Sudbin, p./ Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vanska – BIS multichannel SACD-1978 (2/25/14), 66:16 [Distr. by Naxos ] ****: Music historians consistently point out the tremendous […]
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Appolon Musagete; Concerto in D for Strings – Tapiola Sinfonietta/ Masaaki Suzuki – BIS
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Appolon Musagete; Concerto in D for Strings – Tapiola Sinfonietta/ Masaaki Suzuki – BIS multichannel SACD 2211, 64:55 [Distr. by Naxos] (6/3/16) ****½: A sensational performance in high-definition sound of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Masaaki Suzuki must be pleased to see the culmination of his long-term project of recording all of Bach’s choral […]
FRANZ SCHREKER: Orchestral Music from the Operas – Royal Swedish Orch./ Lawrence Renes – BIS
The unfortunately almost forgotten composer Franz Schreker emphasized operas but these instrumental works from them show off his great musical art. FRANZ SCHREKER: Orchestral Music from the Operas [TrackList Follows] – Royal Swedish Orch./ Lawrence Renes – BIS multichannel SACD -2212, 68:30 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Franz Schreker was thought to be one of […]
Roma Aeterna (PALESTRINA, VICTORIA & Others) – New York Polyphony – BIS
“Roma Aeterna” [TrackList follows]- New York Polyphony – Works by PALESTRINA, DE VICTORIA AND GUERRERO; TIM KEELER; ANDREW FUCHS; JONATHAN WOODY – BIS multichannel SACD: BIS-2203 TT: 72:07 (6/3/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Lovely music and a fine recording make this a most listenable disc. This is a lovely disc from BIS, featuring two masses […]
ADRIAN JONES: Nybyggnan – Concerto for Saxophone & String Quartet – Daniel Reid/ Jeanette Eriksson/ Sérgio Crisóstomo/ Adrian Jones/ Anna Wallgren – BIS
ADRIAN JONES: Nybyggnan – Concerto for Saxophone & String Quartet – Daniel Reid (soprano, tenor and baritone saxes); Jeanette Eriksson/ Sérgio Crisóstomo (violins)/ Adrian Jones (viola)/ Anna Wallgren (cello) – BIS multichannel SACD BIS-2119, 53:49 (10/9/15) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Swedish folk-based music well played and nicely recorded. A viola player himself, Adrian Jones constructed […]
SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 3, 6, 7 – Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vänskä – BIS
SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 3, 6, 7 – Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vänskä – BIS multichannel (5.0) SACD-2006, 82:00 (9/9/16) (Distr. by Naxos) ****: Three fine Sibelius Symphonies beautifully rendered by the Minnesota Orchestra in a lovely recording. The Swedish label BIS Records gives us the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series. Conducted […]
KURTAG: Kafka Fragmente – Caroline Melzer, sop./Nurit Stark, v. – BIS
KURTAG: Kafka Fragmente – Caroline Melzer, sop./Nurit Stark, v. – BIS-2175, 58:08 multichannel SACD (Dist. by Naxos) *****: Challenging these pieces may be, but if you buy this SACD, it will give you gooseflesh if you listen closely. Those famous works by Franz Kafka that you read in school? Not his best. The Trial, that […]
*********** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************ RACHMANINOV: Sym. No. 2; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS
A glorious performance of sumptuous demeanor and satisfying execution. * RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in e, Op. 27; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS multichannel SACD 2071, 70:54 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: I’ve always thought Rachmaninov the true Russian composer; something about his melodies and rich textures bespeak an authenticity […]
RESPIGHI: Metamorphoseon; Ballata delle Gnomidi; Queen of Sheba, Suite – Orch. Philharmonique Royal de Liege/ John Neschling – BIS
Three colorfully-orchestrated works from the Italian composer who studied with Rimsky-Korsakov.
“The Butterfly Lovers” = Works for Violin and Chinese Orchestra [TrackList follows] – Lu Siqing, violin / Taipei Chinese Orch. / Chung Yiu-Kwong – BIS
An interesting fusion of East and West well worth investigating.
*PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5; Scythian Suite – Bergen Phil. Orch./ Andrew Litton – BIS
************ MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *************
A radiant performance of No. 5, and almost makes the Scythian Suite likeable.
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe – Rotterdam Philharmonic Orch. /Yannick Nezet-Seguin – BIS
A fresh Daphnis and Chloe well recorded and played.
NIELSEN: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 – Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo – BIS
Nielsen finely played and ably recorded.
JH ROMAN: The 12 Flute Sonatas – Dan Laurin, recorder/ Paradiso Musicale – BIS
The Swedish Handel in his only published music.
*KALEVI AHO: Nineteen Preludes; Three Small Pieces; Two Easy Pieces for Children; Sonatina; Solo II; Sonata – Sonja Fraki, piano – BIS
************* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
An outstanding recital of Aho’s most important piano music, enthusiastically urged upon all.
“Visions Fugitives” – Music for Strings – PROKOFIEV / BARTOK / WEBERN- Camerata Nordica/ Terje Tønnen – BIS
A fine and fresh collection of contemporary string music.
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.
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”; Hebrides Overture; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a – Maria Joao Pires, p./ London Sym. Orch./ John Eliot Gardiner – LSO Live Pure Audio Blu-ray & SACD
Quite an impressive package, though the performances are uneven.
“Miraculous Metamorphoses” = HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; PROKOFIEFF: The Love for Three Oranges Suite; BARTOK: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite – Kansas City Sym./ Michael Stern – Reference Recordings
Another fine SACD from a fine American symphony orchestra.
BRITTEN: Simple Symphony; Quartettino; Rhapsody for String Quartet; Phantasy in F minor; String Quartet in F Major – Emperor Quartet – BIS
Britten quartets lovingly played and striking recorded.
KALVEVI AHO: Concerto for Theremin & Chamber Orch., “Eight Seasons”; Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orch. – Carolina Eyck, theremin/ Annu Salminen, horn/ Lapland Ch. Orch./ John Storgards – BIS
There are few theremin concertos, so this SACD is of top interest to fans of the no-touching electronic instrument.
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: “Repentance” = Repentance; Serenade for solo guitar; Piano Sonata; Sotto voce – various performers/soloists – BIS
Very interesting collection of chamber works by this characteristically “dark”-sounding composer.