Funeral March Archive
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.
Poldi Mildner, piano = SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C, “Wanderer”; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Funeral March”; LISZT: Sonata in B Minor; DEBUSSY: Estampes – Poldi Mildner, p. – MeloClassic
MeloClassic scores another triumph of historical keyboard restoration with an artist we must reckon among the formerly unsung titans of her art.
MEDTNER: Skazki; Sonata in B-flat Minor, “Sonata Romantica”; RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme by Corelli; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor – Stephen Osborne, p. – Hyperion
Virtuosic and nostalgically sensitive performances of the Medtner and Rachmaninoff.
R. STRAUSS: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings; Sinfonia Domestica – French National Radio Orch./ BBC Sym. Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
A fine reissue from 1953 sessions with Jascha Horenstein, with broad pace and sensitivity.
Wilhelm Backhaus = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F, No. 2; Sonata No. 12; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, “Moonlight”; BRAHMS: Piano Quintet in F Minor – Wilhelm Backhaus, p./Amadeus String Q. – Meloclassic
From two venues in France, the legendary Wilhelm Backhaus performs his Beethoven and a rare Brahms Quintet.
SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major; DVORAK: Piano Quintet in A Major – Elias String Q./ Jonathan Biss, p. – Onyx
Two landmarks of the Romantic piano quintet medium played with intelligent and fervent vigor by Jonathan Biss and his youthful Elias Quartet collaborators.
BEETHOVEN: The Symphonies – Soloists/ Laurens Collegium & Cantorej, Rotterdam/ Orchestra of the 18th Century/ Frans Brüggen – Glossa (5 discs)
Brüggen’s second complete effort; while the results are never in doubt as to sincerity, they are at best mixed.
Spanish piano virtuoso Perianes casts brilliant lights upon four Beethoven sonatas whose motor elements prove as compelling as their lyrical and dramatic energies.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major; Piano Sonata No. 12, “Funeral March”; Piano Sonata No. 23, “Appassionata” – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – Supraphon Archiv
Richter in 1959 plays three Beethoven sonatas with heroic abandon, especially the “Appassionata,” which quite takes the audience and us by storm.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas, Vol. I = Sonata No. 5; Sonata No. 11; Sonata No. 12 “Funeral March”; Sonata No. 26 “Les Adieux” – Jonathan Biss – Onyx
These sonatas bear the hallmark of a young lion who feels ready to proffer his mane and demand a goodly territory.
Arthur Rubinstein: 1946-1958 Recordings = CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2; Preludes; 3 Nouvelles Etudes; Berceuse; Barcarolle – Naxos Historical
Volume 4 of Arthur Rubinstein’s restorations on Naxos gives us his only full cycle of Preludes and a potent Barcarolle, 1946-1958.
“Mellow” well describes Barenboim’s approach even to Chopin’s most daunting keyboard works.
The 1960 Chopin Competition winner demonstrates the aggressive technique and style that defined the neo-Classic approach of the period.