TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major; String Quartet No. 3 in e-flat minor – The Heath Quartet – HM
Two Tchaikovsky quartets rife with passionate sincerity come to us from this British chamber ensemble. TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11; String Quartet No. 3 in e-flat minor, Op. 30 – The Heath Quartet – Harmonia mundi HMU 907665, 66:24 (11/18/16) [Distr. by PIAS] ****: Tchaikovsky’s initiation into the string quartet […]
BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f minor; SCHUMANN: Humoreske in B-flat Major – Margaryta Golovko, p. – Blue Griffin
Emergent pianist Margaryta Golovko adds her name to the catalogue of Schumann and Brahms acolytes.
Jascha Horenstein – RATHAUS: Symphony No. 3; KORNGOLD: Prelude and Carnival Music; SCHREKER: Prelude to a Drama – Royal Philharmonic Orch. (Korngold)/ London Sym. Orch. (Rathaus)/ BBC Sym. Orch. (Schreker)/ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Jascha Horenstein pays tribute to his contemporaries of pre-WW I Vienna and Germany in three works.
Brailowsky Rarities on CD: NYC, 1940-1955 = CHOPIN, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUMANN, WEBER, LISZT, BACH, LIADOV, SCRIABIN & FRANCK – Fondazione Stauffer (2 CDs)
Almost 40 years since the passing of Alexander Brailowsky, an enterprising French label resurrects some of his finest recorded efforts.
Pianist Lada Valesova finds a musical thread in the form of the dumka that connects the souls of Slavic composers.
A very emotionally-moving contribution to Holocaust cinema.
IVAN KARABITS: Concertos for Orchestra – No. 1, ‘Musical Gift to Kiev’; No. 2; No. 3, ‘Lamentations’; VALENTIN SILVESTROV: Two Elegies: Elegie; Abschiedsserenade – Bournemouth Sym. Orch. /Kiril Karabits – Naxos
Three colorfully orchestrated and dramatic concertos for orchestra from Ukrainian composer Ivan Karabits provides a familiar, yet exciting symphonic tapestry.
Bronislav Gimpel, violin = Works of SIBELIUS, SZYMANOWSKI, WIENIAWSKI, SCHUBERT, MENDELSSOHN & Others – Various artists – Audite (3 CDs)
The Ukraninian violinist was among the finest virtuosis on his instrument. A 3-CD reissue package.
One of the best foreign films of the year; artfully mixes comedy and tragedy.
BLUMENFELD: Etude de Concert; Souvenir douloureux; Deux Nocturnes; Suite Polonaise; 10 Moments lyrique; Deux Morceaux; Danse – Jouni Somero, p. – FC Records
From this collection of music by Felix Mikhaylovich Blumenfeld, we glean a romantic’s soul, but one almost entirely derivative of Chopin while leaning towards Scriabin.
An amazingly emotional Holocaust film which tells its true story in a different manner from any of the other classics in that series.
While most of the jazz pieces are innocuous, they can also seem a bit trite.
NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN: “2+2 4Kapustin” = Concerto for two piano and percussion Op. 104; Eight Concert Etudes Op. 40; Sonata 14 Op. 120; Paraphrase of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca” for two pianos – Daniel del Pino & Ludmil Angelov, pianos – Non-Profit Music
Says Kapustin: “All my improvisation is written, of course, and they became much better…”