ELGAR: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town) Overture – Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo – BIS
A worthy Symphony No. 1 and a memorable Cockaigne.
PICKARD: Eden; Gaia Symphony – Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag Orchestra/ Andreas Hanson – BIS
Contemporary brass music played with passion and well recorded.
SIBELIUS: Lemminkäinen Suite & The Wood Nymph – Lahti Sym. Orch. / Osmo Vanska – BIS
Sibelius well-played and beautifully recorded.
AHO: “Ludus Solemnis – Music for and with Organ” = Quasi una Fantasia; Epilogue; Contrapunctus XIV; Wedding March I; Wedding March II; Wedding Music; Ludus Solemnis; In Memoriam; Song of the Earth – Soloists/Jan Lehtola, organ – BIS
Always intriguing, these works will challenge your attention a bit.
BACH: Concertos for Two Harpsichords = Con. in c BWV 1062; Con. in C BWV 1061; Orch. Suite No. 1, arr. for 2 solo harpsichords; Con. in c BWV 1060 – Masaaki & Masato Suzuki, harpsichords/ Bach Collegium Japan – BIS
A superb multichannel performance of four two-harpsichord concertos.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 – Mark Wigglesworth, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orch. – BIS
Definitive performances and sound for these two symphonies.
RESPIGHI: Brazilian Impressions – Orch. Philharmonique Royal De Liegè/ John Neschling – BIS
Respighi well-played and well-recorded.
RACHMANINOV: Vespers – Netherlands Radio Choir/ Kaspars Putnins – BIS
Another fantastic effort at a work that can’t seem to get enough of them.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor = Yevgeny Sudbin, p./ Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vänskä – BIS
Sudbin has pianistic talent to burn.
ALLAN PETTERSSON: Symphony No. 9 – Norrköping Symphony Orch./Christian Lindberg – BIS
This is essential for a study of twentieth century music!
NIELSEN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 – Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orch./ Sakari Oramo – Bis
Nielsen played well with only a so-so recording.
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson [TrackList follows] – Andrew Litton, p. – BIS
A wonderful tribute to the genius of Oscar Peterson from a classical artist.
KALEVI AHO: Minea; Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra; Symphony No. 15 – Eero Munter, doublebass/ Lahti Sym./Osmo Vänskä, Jaako Kuusisto, Dima Slobodeniouk cond. – BIS
My fascination continues with this very unique composer.
BRITTEN: Var. on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Lachrymae; Elegy for Strings; Simple Symphony; 2 Portraits – Camerata Nordica/ Terje Tønnesen – BIS
Well-played Britten with a world premier selection.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 31; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat; CHOPIN: Nocturne in c# – Menahem Pressler, p. – BIS
Pressler’s perfect pianism makes this a requirement for anyone who cares one iota about this music.
BRETT DEAN: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament for Twelve Violas; Vexations and Devotions – Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin/Sydney Sym./Jonathan Nott/BBC Sym. viola section/ Martyn Brabbins/ BBC Sym. and Chorus/Gondwana Voices/ David Robertson – BIS
Very interesting works with an element of message.
“Times go by Turns” = BYRD: Mass for Four Voices; BENNETT: A Colloquy with God; PLUMMER: Missa sine nomine; ANDREW SMITH: Kyrie: Cunctipotens Genitor Deus; TALLIS: Mass for Four Voices; GABRIEL JACKSON: Ite missa est – New York Polyphony – BIS
New York Polyphony continues to claim a spot as one of the finest small vocal groups performing today.
JAN SIBELIUS: “Rarities and First Recordings” (TrackList follows) – BIS
Capstone recording to the vital Sibelius Edition well worth having.
“Ecstatic Drumbeat – Works for Percussion and Chinese Orchestra” by YIU-KWONG CHUNG, KEIKO ABE; NEBOJŜA JOVAN ŽIVKOVIĆ & TOSHIRO MAYUZUMI – Evelyn Glennie, percussion/Taipei Chinese Orch./En Shao & Yiu-Kwong Chung – BIS
Great percussion work for fans of Chinese music especially.
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 – Minnesota Orch./ Osmo Vänskä – BIS
Fresh, invigorating approaches to these Sibelius masterworks.
“Wagner Idyll” = Isolde’s Liebestode from “Tristan und Isolde,”; Fantasy in F-sharp Minor; Spinnerlied from “The Flying Dutchman,”; Siegfried Idyll – Vestard Shimkus, piano – Ars Produktion LISZT: Funérailles; Études d’exécution transcendante: No. 10. Allegro agitato molto; No. 11. “Harmonies du soir”; 3 Sonetti del Petrarcha; RAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit; SAINT-SAËNS: Danse Macabre – Yevgeny Sudbin, piano – BIS
Two recitals in the grand tradition of the nineteenth-century piano virtuoso.
MENDELSSOHN: Lieder ohne Worte Books 1-4, and Five Individual Lieder ohne Worte – Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano – BIS
This wonderful music should really be heard on an instrument of the period; I doubt that you’ll find a better interpretation on pianoforte than Ronald Brautigam’s.