“MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE” Works of LITOLFF, MAHLER, DELIBES, DVORAK, DELIUS, GRIEG & others – SF Sym./MTT – SF Media
Classical gems vividly played and beautifully recorded. “MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE” = LITOLFF: Scherzo from Con. symphonique No. 4; MAHLER: Blumine; FAURE: Pavane; DEBUSSY: La Plus que lente; SCHUBERT: Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde; IVES/BRANT: The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony; RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14; DVORAK: Legend for Orchestra, Op. 59, No. 6; SIBELIUS: […]
BRAHMS: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Four Hungarian Dances – Leonid Kogan, v./ Andrei Mytnik, p. – Archipel
Impassioned, fiery Brahms from Leonid Kogan in live performance warrants our unqualified admiration. BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100; Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108; Four Hungarian Dances – Leonid Kogan, v./ Andrei Mytnik, p. – Archipel ARPCD 0355, […]
Lydia Mordkovitch Tribute – British Violin Concertos = Works of BAX, BLISS, DYSON & VEALE – Chandos (2 CDs)
Chandos celebrates the late Lydia Mordkovitch, assembling her stunning performances of rare British concertos. Lydia Mordkovitch Tribute – British Violin Concertos = BAX: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; BLISS: Concerto for Violin and Orch.; DYSON: Violin Concerto; VEALE: Violin Concerto – Lydia Mordkovitch, v./ London Philharmonic Orch./ Bryden Thomson/ BBC Nat. Orch. of Wales/ BBC […]
BEETHOVEN: Three String Trios, Op. 9 – Jascha Heifetz, violin/ William Primrose, viola/ Gregor Piatagorsky, cello – Pristine Audio
The “Million Dollar Trio” in an enhanced audio version of their late ’50s recordings.
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D Minor; BEN-HAIM: Three Songs; BARBER: Violin Concerto – Zina Schiff, violin/ MAV Sym. Orch./ Avlana Eisenberg – MSR Classics
Veteran Zina Schiff displays her technical acumen and poetic sensibility; the Barber Concerto stands out in energetic collaboration with conductor Avlana Eisenberg.
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D; BARBER: Violin Concerto; PAUL BEN-HAIM: Three Songs Without Words – Zina Schiff, violin/ MAV Sym. Orch./ Avlana Eisenberg – MSR Classics
A very good recording of Schiff’s art, noticeable with especial radiance in the Barber.
FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A Major; Melancolie; Prelude, Fugue and Variation in B Minor; R. STRAUSS: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major; Auf stillem Waldespfad – Augustin Dumay, v./ Louis Lortie, p. – Onyx
Dumay and Lortie collaborate on two post-Romantic violin sonatas of passion and power, their architectural beauties pre-eminent in these thoughtful renditions.
A Tribute to FRITZ KREISLER = with Kreisler, Ruggiero Ricci, Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Christian Ferras, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter & others – DGG (2 CDs)
An extended tribute to Kreisler, with some of his early recordings as well as those of many other violinists.
JANACEK: Violin Sonata; GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 2; FRANCK: Violin Sonata – Vadim Repin, violin/Nikolai Lugansky, p. – DGG
“Like childbirth, it‘s worth the pain,” claim the participants in this diversely passionate violin-piano recital.
“Blues” = Works of GERSHWIN, MARSHALL, ANTHEIL, DEBUSSY, JOPLIN, COPLAND, RAVEL for Violin & Piano – Matthew Trusler, violin/ Wayne Marshall, piano – Orchid Classics
There is much to enjoy here, including a fine-sounding recording.