sat 23/09/2017

Classical CDs

Classical CDs Weekly: Antheil, Barsanti, Handel, Laks

Antheil: A Jazz Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 1, Capital of the Word, Archipelago “Rhumba” Frank Dupree (piano), Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Karl-Heinz Steffens (Capriccio)George Antheil’s worst move was probably calling his 1945...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Cage, Mahler, Satie

 John Cage: Two4 Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Naomi Sato (shō) (SN Variations)The shō is a Japanese wind instrument long associated with traditional court music. Looking like a bundle of sticks, its 17 pipes each plays a distinct pitch. Its sound...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Henze, Reicha, Shostakovich

Henze: Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge, Kammermusik 1958 Scharoun Ensemble Berlin/Daniel Harding, with Andrew Staples (tenor), Markus Weidmann (bassoon) and Jürgen Ruck (guitar) (Tudor)Hans Werner Henze worked regularly with the Scharoun Ensemble...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Mansurian, Ristori, Duo van Vliet

Mansurian: Requiem RIAS Kammerchor, Münchener Kammerorchester/Alexander Liebreich (ECM)Requiem mass settings commemorating historical events are effectively a musical sub-genre, and Tigran Mansurian’s absorbing 2011 Requiem is dedicated to the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Dutilleux, Dvořák, Ravel, Tchaikovsky

Dvořák: Symphony No 9, Sibelius: Finlandia Chineke! Orchestra/Kevin John Edusei (Signum)These live performances mark the recording debut of the Chineke! Orchestra, an ensemble created by bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku to provide opportunities for BME...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Krenek, Belfiato Quintet, Bjarte Eike's Barokksolistene

Krenek: Complete Piano Concertos, Volume 2 Mikhail Korzhev, Eric Huebner (pianos), Nurit Pacht (violin), Adrian Partington (organ), English Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Woods (Toccata Classics)A cycle of piano concertos by Ernst Krenek won't be on...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Sean Shibe, Morten Gunnar Larsen and Leonard Elschenbroich

Dreams & Fancies – English music for solo guitar Sean Shibe (guitar) (Delphian)This is the best solo guitar disc I've heard. That it comes from a soloist in his twenties makes it all the more astounding. There's a funny quote in Lucy Walker’s...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Mompou, Schubert, Martinů, Shostakovich

Mompou: Fêtes Lointaines Steffen Schleiermacher (piano) (MDG)“I am not a composer and don't want to be regarded as one… somehow, I always have the feeling that it comes to me from outside.” There is indeed something otherworldly about Federico...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Skempton, Walton

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1&3, Overture on Hebrew Themes Simon Trpčeski (piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko (Onyx)Good recordings can make you notice things you've never heard before. Like this one: Simon Trpčeski’s...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Louis Frémaux, Les Passions de l’Ame

 Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt (Accentus)There's already an excellent set of Beethoven symphonies conducted by Herbert Blomstedt with the Staatskapelle Dresden, recorded in the late 1970s. It's now on a...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Leonid Desyatnikov, Dimitar Nenov, Ars Nova Copenhagen

Leonid Desyatnikov: Sketches to Sunset, Russian Seasons Roman Mints (violin), Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, both conducted by Philip Chizhevsky (Quartz)Violinist Roman Mints writes of discovering Leonid Desyatnikov’s...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Peter Eötvös, London Conchord Ensemble, Kate Lindsey

Péter Eötvös: Paradise Reloaded (Lilith) Soloists, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gregory Vajda (BMC)Experiencing new operas on disc without seeing them performed means that any judgements have to be based on the music alone. Péter Eötvös’s...

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