Eight Christmas CDs of Note, Holidays 2016 “Song of the Nativity” – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro COR16146, 73:58 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: This wonderful Christmas offering comprises some of the best modern carols and choral works of the modern age, sung to absolute perfection by a noted and very reliable ensemble. The […]
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f-sharp minor; Etude in c-sharp minor; Prelude for the Left Hand; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; A Night on Bare Mountain – Alessio Bax, p. – Signum Classics
Alessio Bax offer us Scriabin and Mussorgsky in lyrical, if not stentorian, colors.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 “Hammerklavier”; Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight”; The Ruins of Athens: Chorus of Dervishes; Turkish March – Alessio Bax, p. – Signum
Alessio Bax commands our attentive respect in two Beethoven sonatas, of which his Hammerklavier may rate as a contemporary classic.
The second video from the alternative classical concert pianist.
“The Call of Wisdom” = WILL TODD: The Lord is My Shepherd; Stay With Me, Lord; The Call of Wisdom; Man Unkind; My Lord Has Come; That We May Love Again; Vidi Speciosam; Among Angels; You Have Seen the House Built; I Sing Because… – Tenebrae/ English Ch. Orch./ Nigel Short – Signum
A composer that will kindle sparks in the hearts of many, if not all.
‘The Glittering Plain’ = New works for classical saxophone by 7 composers – Lara James, sax./Pavão String Quartet/Will Todd Trio – Signum
New names all around well worth getting to know.
Ecstatic musing from a composer who has good reason to be reflective.
Bax brings a fresh virtuoso’s perspective to Rachmaninov, and his traversal of the Op. 23 Preludes seems likely to become a Classic rendition.
The religious and philosophical quests of John Tavener continue—what is he up to now?
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique; BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2 – Philharmonia Orchestra/ Esa-Pekka Salonen – Signum Classics
Esa-Pekka Salonen has suddenly become a man worth watching and listening to.