ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano – Roman Mints, v. /Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, per./Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz (2 CDs)
The many styles of Alfred Schnittke explored in authentic performances. ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano = Sonata No. 1—Sonata No. 2 ‘Quasi una Sonata’; Sonata No. 3; Suite in the Old Style; Congratulatory Rondo; Stille Nacht; Polka – Roman Mints, violin/Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, percussion/Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz […]
A long but very artistic and exciting 1923 French silent serial.
STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Piano and Winds; Capriccio; Movements; Pétrouchka – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, p./ São Paulo Sym. Orch. /Yan Pascal Tortelier – Chandos
Superb performance and recording of these fiery Stravinsky works.
Fascinating footage of Stravinsky’s later years in the U.S. and of Robert Craft at 90 and as a young man.
FARTEIN VALEN: String Quartets, No. 1, Op. 10; No. 2; Three Poems by Goethe – Hilde Haraldsen Sveen, sop./ Hansakvartetten – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD
Not for everyone, but of intense interest for those who need more of the Second Viennese School tradition.
“. . .avec un frisson” = BOULEZ: Une page d’ephemeride; DEBUSSY: Études, Book II; BOULEZ: Incises – Yegor Shevtsov, p. – New Focus
This disc gives short measure but offers valuable insights into the music of the two composers. Powerful playing and recorded sound.
This is down-home, driven Darmstadt doodling in my book.
EGON WELLESZ: Mass in F, Op. 51; I Sing of a Maiden; Offertorium in Ascensione Domini; Missa Brevis, Op. 89; To Sleep, Op. 94 – Christ Church Cathedral Choir/ Stephen Darlington, director – Nimbus
A noted musicologist proves equally adept as a composer.