1927 readings of Beethoven and Schubert achieve an ardent, fiery gloss in these remasterings. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 93; SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in b, D. 759 “Unfinished”; Moment Musical No. 3 in f (arr. Stokowski), D. 780; Rosamunde, D. 797: Ballet Music No. 2: Two Versions – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold […]
Interesting renditions of these works by one who has studied them deeply. ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphonies Nos. 0-9 – Tapiola Sinfonietta/Northern Sinfonia/Bern Sym. Orch./Basel Sym. Orch./Konzarthausorch. Berlin/Mario Venzago – CPO 555 023-2, 562:53 (ten CDs) plus PAL DVD “The Making of…” [Distr. by Naxos] (7/08/16) ***: First, let’s get this out of the way: the ‘bonus […]
Denny Zeitlin, solo piano – Early Wayne – Sunnyside Communications SSC1456, 69:59 ****: A dynamic, percussive, pianist with a gift for illuminating modern jazz that is harmonically articulate. In 1978, the late American psychiatrist M. Scott Peck published a book entitled The Road Less Travelled which purports to be a description of the attributes that […]
A fresh approach to playing and recording Haydn.
“Michelangeli” – BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’; Piano Sonata No. 32; DEBUSSY: Four Images – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli /Prague Sym. Orch. /Vaclav Smetacek – Praga Digitals
Great playing but unfortunately a so-so recording of these archival performances.
BEETHOVEN: The Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 = Sonata No. 15 in D Major “Pastoral”; Sonata No. 25 in G Major; Sonata No. 8 in C Minor “Pathétique”; Sonata No. 28 in A Major – Steven Masi, p. – Concezio
The first volume in Steven Masi’s Beethoven project is uneven but has strengths enough to suggest that very good things should follow.