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BACH: Keyboard Partita No.2 in C minor; Italian Concerto; The Well-Tempered Clavier (selections); Chaconne (trans. Busoni) – Simone Leitao, p – MSR Classics 

BACH: Keyboard Partita No.2 in C minor; Italian Concerto; The Well-Tempered Clavier (selections); Chaconne (trans. Busoni) – Simone Leitao, p – MSR Classics 

Leitao is a marvelous Bachian, proven in every measure. BACH: Keyboard Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826; Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971; Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II; Chaconne from Violin Partita No.2, BWV 1004 (trans. Busoni) – Simone Leitao, p – MSR Classics 1665, 57:24 *****: Simone Leitao may not have been a student of Glenn Gould (she studied with Ivan Davis, Geir Braaten, and Linda Bustani), but the beautiful 48-year-old Brazilian certainly sounds more like him than any recent pianist I have heard. Her articulation, particularly, seems representative of the Gouldian ethos, short and clean, yet pregnant with tonal beauty and exceptional clarity. It surprised me greatly, pleasantly, as I am a confirmed Gould fan. The program is also quite cut from the Gould playlist, starting with a riveting presentation of the Partita No.2 in C minor, always a favorite of the late great Canadian. Leitao takes it with the dance titles in mind, and offers an engaging and superbly personal performance.  The Italian Concerto is another Gould staple—though he professed to not like it much—and Leitao’s tempi are remarkably close to Gould, especially the non-manic and measured first movement. According to […]

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Our June drawing for all site visitors are two new CDs from Navona Records for six of our readers who register this month using our simple form here. First is Book 1 of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, plus Voyage by composer Pierre Schroeder – which is the 200th Navona Records release. Pianist Ishizaka was called by The New York Times “a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian.”  Voyage, for 11 players, uses jazz, blues, and folk idioms but is still grounded in classical form. Please fill out the simple non-intrusive form completely and see our current Editorial Page for more details. [audaud-hr]

Editorial for June 2015

Editorial for June 2015

Navona Records is donating two of their new CD releases to six Audiophile Audition readers this month. They are Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 and Voyage by Pierre Schroeder. The first is from a German-Japanese pianist known for her Bach performances, and the second is a captivating sonic journey using a variety of musical styles in a classical form. Schroeder is a French native who as a child came to music by transcribing movie themes by Nino Rota, Morricone, and others on the family piano. Navona is known for presenting winning artists and undiscovered voices in the classical tradition. To be eligible for the two new CDs, you must register this month using our simple form. (We do not share your information.) The six winners will be listed below in early July. The three lucky winners of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (8 CD set) performed by Maurizio Pollini (our May drawing) are: Stanley Schwab, Northfield IL, Kelly Beck, Riverside NJ, and Richard Rodrick, Hillsboro OR. EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program in San Francisco and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, and aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public […]

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Our June drawing/giveaway will be for ten AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers: the 4-CD set of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II of J.S. Bach (2006), performed by acclaimed pianist Evelyne Crochet on the Music & Arts label. She is also noted for her performances of The Goldberg Variations, and has recorded works of Erik Satie, Faure’s complete piano works, and four-hand works of Schubert. To be eligible, you must register on our simple form this month, and please visit our June Editorial Page for more details. See our Guide to Hi-Res Downloading

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Evelyne Crochet’s 2006 recordings for Music & Arts of Books I & II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier will go to ten AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month on our simple form. Educated in her native France, Ms. Crochet studied with Nadia Boulanger and Edwin Fischer and was brought by Rudolf Serkin to the U.S., where she has taught at Brandeis, Rutgers, Boston and Georgia State Universities, and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has a vast repertory and has soloed with major orchestras in recital worldwide. The ten lucky winners of this 4-CD set will be announced here early next month. Here are the five lucky winners of the Complete Beethoven Symphonies/Piano Concertos/Overtures Naxos 12-CD set, our May drawing/giveaway: Scott Hobson, Pal Alto CA; Kermit Crissey, Buffalo NY; Rita Porter, Kaneohe HI; Alec Burchfield, Greenwood IN; Charles Volstad, Eden Prairie MN. Congrats to all!  [audaud-hr]  EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, which aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial stations coast to coast. In September 1998 its web site for programming information was expanded to the present free Internet publication. June 2013 is our […]