The Telegraph Quartet album, “Into the Light”, shines a light of clarity on to works by Kirchner, Webern, Britten.
Ebonit Saxophone Quartet – The Last Words of Christ – REGER/HAYDN/WEBERN/SIBELIUS/SHOSTAKOVICH – Challenge Classics multichannel SACD CC72701, 53:13 (2/3/16) ****: (Simone Muller, soprano saxophone/ Dineke Nauta, alto saxophone/ Johannes Pfeuffer, tenor saophone/ Paulina Marta Kulesza, baritone saxophone/ Claron McFadden, voice) A nearly successful attempt at solemnity. In 1786 a work by Joseph Haydn premiered in […]
Often neglected music by a controversial and sometimes inconsistent composer…but not here! BOULEZ: Complete Music for Solo Piano – Marc Ponthus, piano – Bridge 9456 A/B (2 CDs), TT: 80:35 ****: So let’s list them: Three Sonatas, 12 Notations, Incises, Une page d’ephemeride—that’s it. One would think that someone like Boulez would have completed many […]
“Schubert Lieder – Orchestrated by Max Reger & Anton Webern” – Christian Elsner, tenor/ Berlin Radio-Sym. Orch./ Marek Janowski – Pentatone
They won’t supplant the originals, but they do have a charm all their own.
Gilles Vonsattel, piano – Shadowlines = Works of D. SCARLATTI, WEBERN, MESSIAEN, BENJAMIN & DEBUSSY – Honens
Swiss pianist Vonsattel explores the roots and applications of modernism with often explosive effects. Gilles Vonsattel – Shadowlines = SCARLATTI: 3 Sonatas; MESSIAEN: Etude No. 4 “Ile de feu II”; 2 Preludes; WEBERN: Variations, Op. 27; BENJAMIN: Shadowlines: Six Canonic Preludes for Piano; DEBUSSY: Feux d’artifice; Masques; D’un cahier d’esquisses; L’Isle joyeuse – Gilles Vonsattel, […]
BERG BY ARRANGEMENT – Music for Strings: Lyric Suite, Piano Sonata, Kanon, Early Pieces—NFM Leopoldinum Ch. Orch./ Ernst Kovacic—Toccata Classics
String orchestra arrangements of Berg’s Music emphasize the romanticism of the Second Viennese School.
“Visions Fugitives” – Music for Strings – PROKOFIEV / BARTOK / WEBERN- Camerata Nordica/ Terje Tønnen – BIS
A fine and fresh collection of contemporary string music.
Fascinating footage of Stravinsky’s later years in the U.S. and of Robert Craft at 90 and as a young man.
Pierre Boulez and the Piano = Douze Notations; Piano Sonatas (complete); Incises; Une page d’ephemeride – Dimitri Vassilakis (piano) – Cybele
An exciting and nicely recorded version of the complete Boulez piano music.
The RIAS Second Viennese School Project [TrackList follows] – Soloists/ RIAS Choir & Orch/Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Radio-Sym./various cond. – Audite (4 CDs)
Even after 100 years, the music of the Second Viennese School challenges and offends, our musical and intellectual complacency assaulted by sounds and textures testing the limits of our aesthetic prejudices.
SCHOENBERG: Scherzo in F; Presto in C; Ch. Symphony; String Quartet No. 3 – Jaromir Klepac, p./ Prazak Q. – Praga
Praga’s brilliant Schoenberg chamber series proceeds with dignity.