An excellent recital of superb depth.
Klavier 1853 = LISZT: Ballade No. 2; C. SCHUMANN: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann; R. SCHUMANN: Gesaenge der Fruehe; BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 – Hyeyeon Park, piano – Blue Griffin
Klavier 1853 = LISZT: Ballade No. 2 in b minor; C. SCHUMANN: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 20; R. SCHUMANN: Gesaenge der Fruehe, Op. 133; BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op 5 – Hyeyeon Park, piano – Blue Griffin BG351, 77:00 (9/5/17) [Distr. by Albany] ****: Korean virtuoso Hyeyeon […]
BRAHMS: Piano Works Vol. 5 = Variations Op. 21, Nos. 1 and 2; Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24; Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35, Volumes 1 and 2 ‒ Hardy Rittner, piano ‒ Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm (MD&G), multichannel SACD MDG 904 1974-6 (2+2+2), 73:19 [Distr. by E1] […]
BRAHMS: Rhapsodies in g minor and in b minor; Chorales Op. 122; 16 Waltzes; Variations on an Original Theme – Nada Loufti (p.) – MEII
A different sort of Brahms recital from Nada Loufti reveals the textural variety of the composer. Vienna: BRAHMS & Nada = Rhapsody in g minor, Op. 79, No. 2; Chorales, Op. 122: No. 1 in e minor “Mein Jesu, der du mich”; Rhapsody No. 1 in b minor, Op. 79, No. 1; 16 Waltzes, Op. […]
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major; SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto in f-sharp; DVORAK: Sym. Variations – Paul Badura-Skoda, p./ Polish Radio Sym. Orch./ Charles Mackerras – Pristine Audio
Charles Mackerras makes his Pristine debut with a concert appearance in Scotland with the Polish Radio Orchestra. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70; SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto in f-sharp minor, Op. 20; DVORAK: Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 – Paul Badura-Skoda, p./ Polish Radio Sym. Orch./ Charles Mackerras – Pristine Audio PASC 487, 74:47 […]
A double dose of Dave. The Dave Liebman Group – Expansions Live [TrackList follows] – Whaling City Sound WCS 088 (2-CDs), 62:36, 60:22 [Distr. by Naxos] [10/14/16] ****: (Dave Liebman – soprano sax, C flute, co-producer; Matt Vashlishan – alto sax, clarinet, C flute, straw, co-producer, mixer; Bobby Avey – piano, keyboard; Tony Marino – […]
John O’Conor deftly brings out the variety and infinite charm of five Haydn sonatas. HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 47 in b; Piano Sonata No. 38 in F Major; Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major; Piano Sonata No. 33 in c; Piano Sonata No. 58 in C Major – John O’Conor, p. – Steinway & […]
“UR” – Music by EVA HOLM FOOSNÆS, ODD JOHAN OVEROYE, ØYVIND JOHAN EIKSUND, MARTIN EIKESET KOREN – Eva Holm Foosnæs (cond.)/ Orchestra/Ensemble Kammerkoret Aurum – 2L
UR – Music by EVA HOLM FOOSNÆS, ODD JOHAN OVEROYE, ØYVIND JOHAN EIKSUND, MARTIN EIKESET KOREN – Eva Holm Foosnæs (cond.)/ Orchestra/Ensemble Kammerkoret Aurum – 2L -129 multichannel 5.1 SACD, 44:46 (01/06/17) ****: Another interesting release from 2L in Norway. The recordings consist exclusively of commissioned works, written by composers in affiliation with the musical community […]
The youthful Louis Schwizgebel imparts poetry and virile motion to these two Schubert sonatas. SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 19 in c, D. 958; Piano Sonata No. 16 in a, D. 845 – Louis Schwizgebel, p. – Aparte AP133, 70:00 (10/7/16) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel (b. 1987) sports a Romantic temperament, […]
HAYDN: Piano Sonatas and Variations = Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI:29; Andante and Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6; Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20; Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50 ‒ Lars Haugbro, fortepiano ‒ LAWO LWC1094; 67:46 (5/6/16) *****: A nicely-varied recital from a Scandinavian Haydn specialist. B01AB6UNWM Despite the highly evocative […]
BRAHMS: Piano Trios – Vienna Piano Trio – MD&G; BRAHMS: Rhapsodies; Piano Sonata 3; Ballade – Mortensen, p. – LAWO
BRAHMS: Piano Trios No. 1 – Trio Op. 8 (Version of 1889); Trio Op. 87 ‒ Vienna Piano Trio ‒ MD&G multichannel SACD MDG 942 1962-6 (& 2+2+2); 63:31 (7/8/16) ***1/2: “In Finstrer Mitternach” = BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 74; Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5; Ballade, Op. 10, No. 1 ‒ Nils Anders Mortensen, […]
A concise portrait of the iconoclast Maria Yudina, who championed modern music. Maria Yudina, A Great Russian Pianist = BEETHOVEN: Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, Op. 35 “Eroica”; BERG: Piano Sonata, Op. 1; STRAVINSKY: Serenade in A Major; Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments; BARTOK: Mikrokosmos, Bk. V-VI: excerpts – Maria Yudina, piano/ USSR […]
This all-Brahms recital by a Lebanese master reveals an artist with a real affinity for the composer’s style. “Nada in Hamburg with Johannes BRAHMS” = Variations on a Hungarian Theme, Op. 21, No. 2; Chaconne for Solo Violin (arr. left hand) from J.S. BACH: Partita No. 2; Chorales, Op. 122 No. 2: Schmuecke dich, o […]
LARS-ERIK LARSSON: Symphony No. 2; Variations, Op. 50; Barococo Suite, Op. 64 – Helsingborg Sym. Orch./Andrew Manze – CPO
LARS-ERIK LARSSON: Symphony No. 2; Variations, Op. 50; Barococo Suite, Op. 64 – Helsingborg Sym. Orch./Andrew Manze – CPO 777 672-2 multichannel SACD [Distr. by Naxos], 69:53, (11/13/15) ***: Very dedicated performances of these works that remain pretty obscure. There are probably a lot of reasons why the music of Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986) […]
LARS-ERIK LARSSON: Symphony No. 2; Variations, Op. 50; Barococo Suite, Op. 64 – Helsingborg Sym. Orch. /Andrew Manze – CPO 777 672-2 multichannel SACD, 69:53 [Distr. by Naxos] (11/13/15) ****: Very dedicated performances of these works that remain pretty obscure. There are probably a lot of reasons why the music of Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson […]
Volume 5 of the Fritz Brun survey – three virtuosic keyboard combinations with orchestra.
Winn the performer has been around awhile, but if you don’t know the composer you only have half the story. JAMES WINN: Variations on a Theme of Bartok; Masque for Oboe, Cello, and Piano; Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio – Dmitri Atapine, cello/ Rong-Huey Liu, oboe/ Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, v./ James Winn, p. – MSR Classics […]
HINDEMITH: Sonatas for Viola and Piano = Sonata for Viola and Piano; Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 25; Sonata for Viola and Piano (1939) – Geraldine Walther, viola/ David Korevaar, p. – MSR Classics
Three viola sonatas of Hindemith played with warmth and intelligence.
CHOPIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasy on Polish Airs; Krakowiak Concert Rondo; Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise; Variations – Oleg Marshev, p./ South Denmark Philharmonic/ David Porcelijn – Danacord (2 CDs)
All of Chopin’s music for piano with orchestra – on two discs!
DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUBERT: Fantasy for Piano in C Major, “Wanderer” – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Bavarian State Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Warner Classics
Classic renditions by Richter of Dvorak and Schubert constitute “required listening” for anyone who appreciates this keyboard titan.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor, – 1879 version; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Krill Gerstein p., Detaches Sym. Orch. of Berlin/ James Gaffigan – Myrios Classics
A new ‘historically accurate’ premier of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.
“Time Present and Time Past” = Works of A. SCARLATTI, C.P.E. BACH, J.S. BACH, GORECKI, GEMINIANI & REICH – Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord/ Concerto Cologne — ArchivCHRISTOPH NICHELMANN: Harpsichord Sonatas = 12 of them – Michele Benuzzi, harpsichord – Brilliant Classics
A pair of interesting harpsichord CDs, including some great concertos.