GRIEG: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27; String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, EG 117; Fugue in f minor, EG 114 – Meccore String Quartet – MDG Multichannel CD 9031998-6, 57:09 (4/21/17) [Distr. by eOne] *****: The Meccore Quartet presents Grieg the composer of powerful string quartets, a long way from his “miniature” […]
Erik Then-Bergh – The Complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophone Recordings, 1938-1958 = Works of HANDEL, BEETHOVEN, BACH, SCHUMANN, CHOPIN & REGER – APR (2-CDs)
Mark Obert-Thorn and Appian Records restore Erik Then-Bergh to prominence. Erik Then-Bergh – The Complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophone Recordings, 1938-1958 = HANDEL: Suite No. 4 in e minor; BACH (arr. BUSONI): Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d, BWV 1004; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101; Bagatelles, Op. 33: Nos. […]
“New World Serenade” – BYRON ADAMS: Serenade; OLIVER CAPLAN: Lunastella Fuga; JOHN CORIGLIANO: Snapshot: Circa 1909; PISTON: Divertimento; ZWILICH: Prologue and Variations – Sinfonietta of Riverdale/ Mark Mandarano – Albany
“New World Serenade” – BYRON ADAMS: Serenade for Nine Instruments; OLIVER CAPLAN: Lunastella Fuga; JOHN CORIGLIANO: Snapshot: Circa 1909; WALTER PISTON: Divertimento for Nine Instruments; ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH: Prologue and Variations – Sinfonietta of Riverdale/ Mark Mandarano – Albany RR7904, 62:52 (4/01/16) ****: Very diverse and rewarding collection of works for chamber orchestra. The Sinfonietta […]
Harbach’s Bach breathes the breath of openness and refined imagery. BACH: Prelude and St. Anne Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552; Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540; An Wasserflussen Babylon, BWV 653; Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546; Choral Prelude: O Mensch Bewein Dein Sunde Gross, BWV 622; Fantasy and Fugue […]
With her emphasis on early and rare Scriabin, Valentina Lisitsa provides an alternative universe.
Yevgeny Mravinsky, cond. = BARTOK: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; HONEGGER: Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique”; STRAVINSKY: Agon – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ Yevgeny Mravinsky – Praga Digitals
Three archive recordings conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky during the second half of the ’60s, remastered to stereo SACD.
A chance to hear a grand organ in high resolution surround.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Cambridge Mass; PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens – Olivia Robinson, sop./ Rebecca Lodge, contr./ Christopher Bowen, tenor/ Edward Price, bar./ Martin Ennis, organ/ The Bach Choir/ New Queen’s Hall Orch./ Alan Tongue – Albion
It’s not often we get world premieres from this particular age in music—this one is quite significant!
Preludes, from Bach to the 21st century, are toasted by a fine marimba-flute duo.
Jorg Demus plays a rare anthology of Cesar Franck, well beyond the usual cluster of three masterpieces.
BACH: French Suite No. 5 in D; English Suite No. 3 in d; Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in D; Suite in e – The Katona Twins, duo-guitars – Channel Classics
A fine Bach program arranged for two guitars and played by one of the best guitar duos in the world.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32 in c; Fantasia in g; “Eroica” Variations and Fugue; Polonaise in C – Inna Faliks, p. – MSR Classics
Faliks is an excellent Beethovenian with keen insight into this most elusive of structures: the variation.
The third off-beat collection of “lounge music” from this genre-breaking group.
Another attempt at finding the best orchestration for this elusive piece, played with warmth and humanity.
Piano Music of Gene Gutchë = Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; C Minor Fugue; Utilitarian Fugue; Theme and Variations – Matthew McCright, p. – Centaur
A once-noted but little-recorded composer gets his due, sort of.
It’s always nice to have Christophe Rousset back in the recording studio.
They just keep coming, and this one offers a very strong interpretative statement.
Switched-on, Spaced-out, or…Orchestral?
MENDELSSOHN: Vol. 1 of Complete Works for Organ – Praludium; Allegro Moderato Maestoso; Theme and Variations; Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 6; Variations Serieuses – Martin Schmeding, organ – Ars Vol. 2 – Sonatas 4 & 5; other works – Martin Schmeding – Ars
Eric Werner wrote “next to Bach’s works, Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas belong to the required repertory of all organists.”