Second World War Archive
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. […]
Two contrasting Prokofiev works of 1947 capture our attention through the ongoing series by Marin Alsop. PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6 in e-flat minor, Op. 111; Waltz Suite, Op. 110 – Sao Paulo Sym. Orch./ Marin Alsop – Naxos 8.573518, 68:21 (8/12/16) ****: Prokofiev conceived his 1947 Sixth Symphony as an elegy of the tragedy of […]
A very moving German film about the years just after WW II. Phoenix, Blu-ray (2014/2016) Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf Director: Christian Petzoid Studio: WDR/mendienboard/ The Criterion Collection 809 (4/26/16) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color Audio: German DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround Subtitles: English Extras: Conversation bet. Petzoid and Nina Hoss, […]
“PROKOFIEV: The War Sonatas 6, 7 and 8” = Piano Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 82; Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, Op. 83; Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat, Op. 84 – Denis Kozhukhin, piano – Onyx
Mostly fine performances of these sonatas. But the slow tempi don’t always work in the music’s favor.