Two massive piano quintets come to us by way of Music@Menlo and its founder, Wu Han. Wu Han Live II: Music@Menlo – DOHNANYI: Piano Quintet No. 1 in c minor, Op. 1; TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 30 – Wu Han, piano/ Alexander Sitkovetsky & Nicolas Dautricourt, violins/ Paul Neubauer, viola/ David Finckel, […]
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Sonata for solo viola; Lux aeterna; Three Fantasies after Friedrich Hölderlin; ROBERT HEPPENER: Im Gestein – Susanne van Els, viola/Capella Amsterdam/musikFabrik/ Daniel Reuss – HM/Gold
A very eclectic but interesting collection of modern works. GYÖRGY LIGETI: Sonata for solo viola; Lux aeterna; Three Fantasies after Friedrich Hölderlin; ROBERT HEPPENER: Im Gestein – Susanne van Els, viola/Capella Amsterdam/musikFabrik/Daniel Reuss – Harmonia mundi Gold HMG 501985, 64:31, (8/19/16) [Distr. by PIAS] ***1/2: Hungarian “modernist” composer György Ligeti was one of the more […]
Hungarian virtuoso Annie Fischer brings refined energy and passion to Mozart in classic performances. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in d, K. 466; Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482; Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 382; SCHUBERT: Impromptu in f, D. 935, No. 4 – Annie Fischer, p./ Philharmonia […]
Another but very well-done Holocaust film. Chosen (2016) Cast: Harvey Keitel, Luke Mably, Ana Ularu Director: Jasmin Dizdar Studio: Lionsgate (8/2/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, Spanish Length: 93 min. Rating: **** Harvey Keitel stars as an old Jewish man telling a young relative a story of a […]
“Apasionado” – Works of SARASOTA, BIZET, RAVEL, WAXMAN = Ning Feng, violin/ Orq. Sinfonia – Channel Classics
“Apasionado” – SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20; LALO: Symphonie Espagnole in D Major, Op. 21; SARASATE: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22; RAVEL: Tzigane; BIZET/WAXMAN: Carmen Fantasy – Ning Feng, violin / Orquestra Sinfónica del Principado del Asturias / Rossen Milanov – Channel Classics CCS 37916, 72:07 (4/1/16) ****: Apasionado or purely virtuoso, these works deliver violinistic fireworks […]
BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2; Concerto for Orchestra – Augustin Dumay, violin/Orch. symphonique de Montreal/ Kent Nagano – Onyx Classics (2 CDs bound as book)
BÉLA BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2; Concerto for Orchestra – Augustin Dumay, violin/Orch. symphonique de Montreal/ Kent Nagano – Onyx Classics ONYX4138 (2 CDs), 81:35 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] (5/13/16) ****: Excellent performances that rank with the best. The music of Béla Bartók is, of course, by now standard orchestral fare and he is largely […]
KATI AGÓCS: The Debrecen Passion; Requiem Fragments; By the Streams of Babylon; Like Treasure Hidden in a Field; Vessel – Kati Agócs, sop./Lisa Bielawa, sop./Katherine Growdon, mezzo-sop./Margot Rood, sop./Sonja Tengblad, sop./ Lorelei Ensemble/Boston Modern Orchestra Project /Gil Rose – BMOP Sound 1046, 57:00 multichannel SACD (2/02/16) ****: More outstanding vocal work from this emerging contemporary […]
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 3; Piano Trio No. 1 (orig. version) – Trio Wanderer/ C. Gaugue, viola – Harmonia mundi
The dark, tragic romance of the Brahms chamber music experience lies in these performances by Trio Wanderer. BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60; Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 (orig. version) – Trio Wanderer/ Christophe Gaugue, viola – Harmonia mundi HMC 90222, 73:54 (1/22/16) ****: Trio Wanderer – […]
Cello master Janos Starker provides illuminated firepower in three epic works from XXth Century repertory.
BARTÓK: Rhapsody No. 1; Rhapsody No. 2; Violin Concerto No. 2 – Barnabás Kelemen, v. /Hungarian Nat. Philharmonic Orch./Zoltán Kocsis – Hungaraton
BÉLA BARTÓK: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra; Rhapsody No. 2 for Violin and Orch.; Violin Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orch. – Barnabás Kelemen, violin/Hungarian Nat. Philharmonic Orch./Zoltán Kocsis – Hungaraton HSACD 32509 multichannel SACD [Distr. by Naxos] (9/11/15) 77:39 ****: Fresh new readings of important Bartok classics. Bartok was not just […]
A classic Solti recording of two Bartok works, on a remastered vinyl. BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra; Dance Suite – London Sym. Orch./ Sir Georg Solti – Decca 4788558, 70 min. vinyl (3/6/15) ***(*): When Solti’s Concerto for Orchestra with the LSO was released in 1965, it set standards in sound and performance that lasted […]
BARTOK: Piano Music – 14 Bagatelles; 2 Romanian Dances; 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs; Improv. on Hungarian Peasant Songs; Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (from Mikrokosmos) – Terry Eder, p. – MSR Classics
Beautiful playing, shedding a different light on an often-maligned composer.
BARTOK: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; The Miraculous Mandarin – London Sym. Orch. /Sir Georg Solti – HDTT 192/24 download
Wonderful Bartók from the Kingsway Hall in 1963.
The Budapest String Quartet: Early Recordings = HAYDN, MOZART, DITTERSDORF, DVORAK, BORODIN, SCHUBERT, MENDELSSOHN & TCHAIKOVSKY – Pristine Audio (2 discs)
A collection of early Budapest String Quartet inscriptions, played by personnel who took the group into the electrical era.
Experimental, psychedelic free-improv rock from a Hungarian trio and Norwegian saxophonist.
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.
Julian von Karolyi, piano, in works of LISZT, DEBUSSY & RAVEL – Grosses Berliner Rundfunkorchester = MeloClassic
Hungarian virtuoso Julian von Karolyi has his hour of fame in this dazzling restoration from MeloClassic.
Our November drawing is for two 45-CD sets of The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon by famed conductor Ferenc Fricsay. Here is a complete list of all the selections on this multi-CD boxed set. And here is our review of it. These have been specially remastered for this collector’s set. The Hungarian conductor, who died in […]
BARTOK: Kossuth – Symphonic Poem; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1 – Michael Ludwig, violin/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos
JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo Philharmonic find bravura vehicles in the scores of young Bartok, which showcase everyone in glowing colors.
For the Annie Fischer centennial, Hungaraton proffers her potent keyboard art in two works that well defined her musical ambitions.
JANACEK: Prohadka, Presto; KODALY: Sonata for Cello; GRIEG: Cello Sonata – Danjulo Ishizaka, cello/ Shai Wosner, piano – Onyx Classics
Folk-based classics for cello and piano.
Double Life: MIKLOS ROZSA = Concert Music for Strings; Duo; Sonata for Violin Solo; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orch. – Marjorie Bagley, v./ Michael Carrera, cello/ The Nat. Philharmonic of Moldova/Steven Huang – Equilibrium
A famous film composer shines in concert works for strings.