Friday, August 28, 2015

Kahn, Robert. (1865-1951) The Piano Trios No. 1-4. CD I & II.

Second complete listen.

I am really pretty impressed with Kahn's Piano trios. They are excellent and very much recommended. No fear for the unknown name, Brahms loved his music.
See previous reviews for all details.

Review CD 1.
Review CD 2.

Hoffmeister, Franz Anton. (1754-1812) Wind serenades.

Second rerun.
Recent acquisition.

A wonderful disc, and a very pleasant listen. High quality works.
See my first review of this disc.

First review of this disc.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lalande,de, Michel Richard. Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy. CD 2.

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label Harmonia Mundi.
Slimline box with 4 cd's.
CD 2 from 4.
Recording dates: July 1990.
Recording venue: Palais des Congres, Aix les Bains, France.
Recording engineer: Jean Martial Golaz.
Running time: 75:59.
Classical relevance: In my ears essential recordings.

Works performed:
Grande piece en D-la-re, Passacaille ( Extraite de L'amour flechi par la Constance)
Grande piece in G.
Suite 4/56.

Performed by:

La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne.

A worthy follow up on disc 1.
Truly excellent music making of the highest calibre. Sound is gorgeous.

Vivaldi, Antonio. Bassoon and other Concertos. From the Box: The Vivaldi Recordings by Christopher Hogwood. CD 15.

New acquisition.
Recently bought. (May 2015)
First listen.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
Box with 20 cd's.
Recording dates: June 1992.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London.
Recording engineer: John Dunkerley.
Running time: 58:01.
Classical relevance: Essential Vivaldi recordings.

Works performed:

Concerto in G minor, RV 576.
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 474.
Concerto in F major, RV 571.
Bassoon Concerto, in A minor. RV 498.
Bassoon Concerto in F major. RV 489.
Concerto in G minor. RV 577.

Works performed by:
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

A pity that so little of his many Bassoon Concertos are at all recorded. The ones that are available are treasured by me, and these recordings with Danny Bond on the Bassoon are especially treasured by me. He is a fluent player of this instrument and plays the notes as written, without adding anything that is artificially. So we get natural flowing performances, with a choice of fine musicians from the academy. There is balance, an inner conviction amongst them of the right way of performing these concertos.
The sound is absolutely gorgeous.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

De Lalande, Michel Richard. (1657-1726) Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy. CD 1.

New Acquisition.
Bought: August 2015.
First listen.
CD 1 from 4.
Label: Harmonia Mundi.
Slimline box with 4 cd's.
Recording date: July 1990.
Recording venue: Palais des Congres, Aix les Bains, France.
Recording engineer: Jean Martial Golaz.
Running time: 73:33.
Classical relevance: Essential. One of the best if not the best I ever heard in every respect.

Works performed:
Concert de Trompettes in 5 movements.
Suite No. 1/2/3.

Performed by:
La Symphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne.
Pitch: 392 Hz.

I waited for quite some time, on these recordings to be re-released. Now they are finally there, and I am every bit as happy about it as I expected. For some these performances may be too polite, but for me they show the pureness of Lalande's compositions. The musical lines are uncluttered and devoid of undue rubble that often spoils the music played by ensembles that crave for more fireworks effect. Which you do not need during souper of course. The recording being crystal clear, it makes all the instruments clearly audible in a very integrated way, and perfecting the harmony Lalande had clearly in mind. I cannot stress enough how Reyne makes all this work to perfection. Not for nothing these recordings are still the benchmark for all other performances. The joy and attention paid to all felicities of the works are admirable and wholly in line with the musician Hugo Reyne is. For me this is perfect!
I think it should be in your collection. More so, for it is to be had  at a very affordable price. The booklet allas had to pay in the process, for it suffers from anorexia, and is more dead than alive, still well worth your investment.
An absolute recommendation.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

This very interesting 4 cd box I fished out of my mailbox.

Despite my CD buying diet, this one I could not resist.
I heard a loud ploink in my mailbox, which is a gigantic box, so I knew by the thud in G major that is was music......

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Krebs, Johann Ludwig. (1713-1780) ) Organ Works. Clavier Ubung Sonatas WV 832-837.

Second rerun.

Every bit as beautiful. Definitely one of my favourite Krebs recording and performance.
See previous review for all details.

First review of this disc.

Panufnik, Andrzej. (1914-1991) Orchestral Works. Volume VII,

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: October/November 2012,  January 2013 & June 2009.
Recording venues: Konzerthaus Berlin, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Polish Radio W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio.
Recording engineers:  Not mentioned.
Running time: 67:37.
Classical relevance: As far as Panufnik goes: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 5. (Sinfonia di Sfere) in 9 movements.
Bassoon Concerto, in 5 movements.
Love Song.

Performed by:
Michael von Schonermark, Bassoon.
Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
Polish Radio SO, both conducted by, Lukasz Borowicz.

It was well worth the wait for this seventh volume, for what's on offer is some of the best bits Panufnik composed. I am a huge admirer of this composer, and he ranks among my top composers from the 20th century. The Fifth Symphony is one of contemplation and serenity. In an utmost attempt to get an internal balance that lifts the work from the ground, Borowicz makes this work. He has such a sense for the proper dynamics and an inbred feeling for proportion as a whole, overseeing the music in a whole way, never missing a beat or note or detail. Very impressive.
The Bassoon concerto is a firm favourite of mine. The movement called Aria is the finest I ever heard from this period, such concentration, all emotion condensed in a single movement, grips you at you throat, very impressive. Its lyrical, harmonious, actually a sort of a tone poem, intense and utterly rewarding in its expression. The Love song is beautiful, mind you I did not expect that, but it is. Just a pity that the Mezzo Sarah van der Kemp is a mismatch. Her voice is unsteady, shrill at times, and really not enough body to sustain the concentrated energy in this work, despite some fine moments But the composition is gorgeous.
Landscape is an evocation, a revelation, earth in perfect harmony. Again the concentrated energy, in muted style, but so powerful.
The sound is state of the art, and the performance leaves nothing to wish for, well apart from one mishap, but that only lasts 4 minutes.

Gaito, Constantino. (1878-1945) Chamber Music.

Second rerun.

The second round even convinces me more about the high quality of composing. This is something anyone with a pendant towards romantic music should have in his/her collection. This is such original music, and for a no brainer price. You would not want to let this go by, surely.

First review with all details.

First review of this disc.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bonis, Mel. (1858-1937) Chamber Music.

Second rerun.

For me she is a fascinating female composer, with a background that makes me curious about her life and the way she handled the restrictions she had to cope with, and despite it all became such a fine composer, with a powerful expression that blows me away at times. Her language is different from any music I heard from her time frame, the drive is certainly passionate in an unabating way, clear in its message, and detailed in her writing. I like her a lot.
See previous review.

First review of this disc.

Klughardt, August. (1847-1902) Orchestral Works.

Second rerun.

I get a bit more into the substance of the works on this cd, and appreciate it more as the first time around. I now clearly hear that the music is constructed in episodes of short but durable power and expression. Clearly I have to identify first the pivotal elements in this work, before I can connect them together. That is rather an interesting conclusion to me. Lets see what the third time brings me in terms of understanding.

Glazunov, Alexander. (1865-1936) Complete String Quartets, Volume 5.

I can only add to my original review how much I love this music. 
Second rerun.

First review of this disc

Vieuxtemps, Henri. (1820-1881) Complete Concertos for Violin and Orchestra. CD 2.

New acquisition.
Bought July 2015.
First listen.
Label: Fuga Libera. A 3 cd digipack.
Recording dates: July 2010.
Recording venue: Salle Philharmonique, Liege, Belgium.
Recording engineer: Aline Blondiau.
Running time: 70:00.
Classical relevance: These recordings are on a very high level, so if you want them, I consider them essential.

Works performed:
Violin Concerto No. 3, opus 25.
No. 4, opus 31.

Performed by:
Concerto No. 3, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Violin.
Concerto No. 4, Lorenzo Gatto, Violin.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Liege, Patrick Davin.

What I said of the first cd in this set, and what I repeat here, that a lot of care has gone into preparing these works for performance. Obviously all young violinist were unknown with these concertos, they were expertly coached by Augustin Dumay. And this was very successful, for not only do we get a fresh approach to these concertos, furthermore the works are stripped from artificially boosting the notes by a display of virtuosic gyropractics, simply to show off the soloists prowess and technical ability. It's always the music that suffers, so it's a great relief that the soloist in these recordings let the notes speak, for the performers are more than sufficient in creating magic without the need of undue virtuosity. Vieuxtemps concertos are often treated as second rate compositions, even lower as Paganini's violin concertos, and that is painful to know, and ridiculous to say. Both violinists let you hear that this is all the opposite of second rate, and that these concertos really belong on top of anybodies list of favourite Violin concertos. The careful shaping and delicacy that goes into these interpretations is amazing, and lets you taste the core of this fantastic music. The detailing in their bowing is a perpetual joy, and just because the music speaks here predominantly it gets you truly into the heart of the music. I never before enjoyed the Violin concertos so much, and I even go as far as to say that the performances on offer belong to the best I have heard so far. The orchestra is a faithful accompaniment never trusting themselves too much on the foreground but always keeping a balance in dynamics and rhythm, and integrate with the soloist in such a way, that the symbiotic merge is clearly audible. Very fine recording too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kahn, Robert. (1865-1951) Complete Piano trios. CD 2. New acquisition.

New acquisition.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: May 2012.
Recording venue: Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany.
Recording engineer: Bernd Friebel.
Running time: 55:13.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Piano trio No 3, opus 35 in C minor.
No. 4, opus 72 in E minor.

Works performed by:
Hyperion Trio.

Even more so as with the first two trios, Kahn is voicing his own take on musical matters, in other words less dependent of external musical influences. What he is essentially doing is deviate from what had gone before in such a way that the outcome is truly original and frankly quite beautiful. His melodies are highly original and its expression exhilarating. Every turn is a new discovery that keeps your ears pretty occupied. I love the longing and warmth in his music, passionate, yet never overdoing things in his enthusiasm, but always keeping a tight control without controlling it too much.
A perfect expose from a tradition that keeps the term romantic alive by adding new elements.
A fine recording and outstanding performance.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Vasks, Peteris. (*1946) Chamber Music. [New acquisition]

Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: MDG.
Recording dates: November 2007.
Recording venue: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmuenster.
Recording engineer: Werner Dabringhaus.
Running time: 65:15.
Classical relevance: For Vasks addicts, essential, others sample first.

Works performed:
Episodi e Canto perpetuo. (1985) for Violin, Cello and Piano.
Quartet. (2000-2001)

Works performed by:
Trio Parnassus.

Vasks is an acquired taste, you either like him, or dislike him. Whatever the case, I think he is one of the best 20th century composer still running around. The soundscapes he creates are for me deep, long lasting and highly rewarding. There is always a lot of weltschmerz in his music, and also despair, musical things that do not make you happy, but will push your attention firmly in the direction of what the world is today, and where we are heading in the fashion we are shaping things.
The element of lost love, and the excruciating agony we suffer because of it, is another brick in Vasks wall. The sound is Vasks, unmistakable. Whatever piece you listen to, you immediately hear its his work. A very recognizable style. So if you like what you hear on this cd, you will like the rest too.
What's in your emotional spectrum, Vasks will will surely touch it, and quite deeply too. He means involvement, and he will get it, for once in the quiet turmoil of his music, you are drawn in, without you being able to get out, it takes you on a journey.
Parnassus makes you love both works, the performance and recording is pure poetry.

Ole Olsen. (1850-1927) Orchestral Works. [New acquisition]

Bought August 2015.
First listen.
Label: Sterling.
Recording dates: July 2009.
Recording venue: Reforma Baznika Riga, Latvia.
Recording engineer: Arne Akselberg.
Running time: 68:31.
Classical relevance: I think well worth anyones while.

Works performed:
Asgaardsreien, Symphonic Tone picture, opus 10.
Symphony in G major, opus 5.
Suite for String Orchestra, opus 60.
(From Nordahl-Rolfsen's fairy tale comedy Svein Uraed.)

Works performed by:
Latvian National SO, Terje Mikkelsen.

Never heard of this composer, never read anything about him. Never saw him mentioned anywhere. Totally unknown, and yet Sterling found it in their stride to record music from this composer born in Norway, and thereby filling a large gap in the musical understanding of that country.
In terms of what you might expect, think Edvard Grieg, a touch of Sibelius, some dreamy Mahlerian moments, also Stenhammar comes to mind, but still Olsen has its own way of writing which sets him apart. His roots are firmly embedded in his country, folklore and legends, you will hear that especially in Asgaardsreien a beautiful written tone picture, which will produce some pretty lively images along the way. At some moments you might think Grieg walks through the door, but Olsen turns such snippets of melodies quickly into his own language. The Symphony is a well written orchestral work that got grip on my imagination fairly quickly into the first movement, and did hold my attention throughout. Every single movement has a drive to it, that underlines his melodic gifts to the full. He is a tone painter that carefully applies the colours with great detail. Impressive it is.
The Suite for String Orchestra, is as fine as any work I heard throughout the years, and certainly underlines the fact that Olsen is unjustly forgotten.
The recording is very good, as is the performance under Mikkelsen, a conductor that pops up often in my collection of music from those regions..

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Verhulst, Johannes. (1816-1891) String Quartets, opus 6, No 1 & 2.

Recent acquisition. [July 2015)
Second listening.

What a wonderful and neglected composer from dutch soil.
See previous review.

First review of this disc.

Kahn, Robert. (1865-1951) Complete Piano trios. New acquisition, First listen.

New in my collection [13-8-2015]
First listen.
Label: CPO-2 cd's.
Recording dates: October 2011 & May 2012.
Recording venue: Siemensvilla Berlin, Germany.
Recording engineer: Martin Eichberg & Bernd Friebel.
Running time: CD 1= 57:41.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Piano trios 1-2.

Performed by:
Hyperion Trio.

Frankly I never heard about this composer of Jewish origin, and was pleasantly surprised when I heard some samples of his music, so much so that I decided to buy this set with all his Piano trios. No other then Brahms had him as his pupil. That means a lot actually because Brahms did not bother with mediocre composers. A few others of his teachers are the renowned Friedrich Kiel, Waldemar Bargiel and Joseph Rheinberger.  And listening to these piano trios one understands Brahms trust in him. The easy melodies sound like prime poetry on your ears. His gift for contrapunt, and his way of construing those lovely melodies together is endearing in all its creativity. There is life beyond Brahms. And his name is Robert Kahn, he is one of a few composers at that time, that actually have something to say that makes sense, and is musically rewarding.  So far I am extremely happy with these recordings. Recommended, certainly!

Kerll, Johann Caspar. (1627-1693) Complete Free Organ Works,

Recent acquisition. [February 2015]
Fourth listening.

I simply adore the music by Kerll, and this fantastic organ. Everything fits perfectly.
See first review with details.

First but short review of this disc.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Brade, William & Simpson, Thomas. Renaissance in the Northern parts of Germany, or Music at the Courts of the Weser Renaissance, Taffel Consort.

New Acquisition. [13-8-2015]
What a delightful disc. It warms my heart thoroughly.
See earlier review.

First review of this disc [13-8-2015]

Lubeck, Vincent. (1654-1740) Organ Works.

Recent acquisition. [February 2015]
Fourth listen.
Listening dates: 10-2/25-2/27-3-2015.
See for complete info and review, plus picture of the organ the following link

First review of this disc. (Lubeck)

What a fine registers this organ has, and the sound is just gorgeous. Kelemen is a master on this instrument.

New acquisition. Gaito, Constantino. (1878-1945) Chamber Works for Piano and Strings.

New acquisition. [13-8-2015]
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates:March 2009.
Recording venue:Radiostudio Zurich.
Recording engineer: Andreas Werner?
Running time: 57:03.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Piano trio, opus 25. (1917)
Sonata, opus 26. (1917) for Cello and Piano.
Piano Quintet, opus 24. (1917).

Performed by:
Sarastro Quartett.
Agustina Herrera, Piano.

An unknown composer for me, but one with a significant voice. Judging on the basis of his chamber music, his compositions are on a high level. Expressionistic/impressionistic in the French style, mixed with South America flair and passion, carefully scored, melodic, characterful, and more, these works give me extreme pleasure. The way he mixes all the styles together is mesmerizing and deeply gratifying. For me a clear winner played by the excellent Sarastro Quartett, and Agustina Herrera,. Gaito was her great grandfather. The music is lovingly played, so much so that it floats around your ears like a magical breeze. Fine recording too.

New acquisition. Krebs, Johann Ludwig. (1713-1780) Organ Works. Clavier ubung III.

New acquisition. (August 2015)
First listen.
Label: MDG-AudioMax.
Recording dates: July 2014.
Recording venue: Warlitz, Germany.
Recording engineer: Holger Schlegel.
Running time: 78:34.
Classical relevance: Essential for Krebs lovers.

Works performed:
See heading.

Performed by:
Jan von Busch.

Instrument used:
A Johann Georg Stein Organ, 1770.

A remarkable recording in many ways. First of all, this is probably the best performance I ever heard of the Clavier ubung III, and secondly this unique organ is a first for me too. And the sound is gorgeous, extremely so. Stein is not a well known organ builder from the Baroque period, and not many of the instruments he built are still on the face of this earth (only two) The one present on this recording was really discovered purely by accident, and was in a bad condition, but when inspected seemed to be almost in its original state, so the sound is actually very authentic, which is also a small wonder. Only its front pipes were removed during WW I. That happened to many organs then. What a contrast, pipes to make music with, used for killing people. Such madness.
Its a one manual instrument, (C,D-c3) with a magnificent praestant 4, and a Dulcian 8 Bass/Discant, with the Saliciena (the only extant baroque string stop in the whole of Mecklenburg) Moreover both stops are also divided into Bass and Treble, almost creating a two manual sound. Tonally this is one of the finest organs I ever heard.  The pipes have never been revoiced, blimey, can you imagine, that means an original sound from the past. And the acoustics are state of the art, superb!
As to the performance: Jan van Busch was a new name to me, but what he delivers borders on near perfect. The recording is a match to that.
As for the music, loving Bach, is loving in an equal measure Krebs. Simple as that!
There is a complete box on the label Querstand, 12 cd's, and recorded on authentic instruments, but as yet very expensive, it's on my radar. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New acquisition. Hoffmeister, Franz Anton. (1754-1812) Wind serenades.

New acquisition.
Bought: August 2015.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: October 1992.
Recording venue: Kleiner Saal der Meistersingerhalle Nurnberg, Germany.
Recording engineer: Peter Zelnhofer.
Running time: 61:58.
Classical relevance: If you like Haydn's compositions in this oeuvre, essential!

Works performed:
Parthia No. 3 in B flat major, for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Bassoons and double bass.
Parthia in D minor, for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns, 2 Bassoons, and double bass.
Divertimento No. 4 in B flat major, scored as in the first composition.
Parthia in E flat major, for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Bassoons and double bass.

Performed by:
Consortium Classicum.

What fun that Hoffmeister composed many a Parthia and sold it as a publisher as one of Haydn's. That tells you how high the quality of Hoffmeister's compositions were. He was simply a screwed business man and knew that such music would sell better with the great man's name under it. So a profundity of compositions in the libraries of many a German noble thought to be Haydn's work are actually Hoffmeisters.
In Haydn catalogue therefore many of the composition written for wind instruments are not by his hand. But after so many years everything is blurred in that direction, and we simply end up with fine music. It is music written with an inborn sense for melody and harmony. No sleight compositions here but well crafted music, beautifully scored for winds, and therefore I enjoyed it thoroughly. And it has to be noted that Hoffmeister was one of the few composers not criticized by the ever garrulous Mozart, who considered him good enough to be on his level. That's something I guess!
I love what I hear. This CD comes with the CPO catalogue for 3 euros, so thats a bargain.
The sound is good, the performance spectacularly good!

New acquisition, (13-8-2015) Brade, William. (1560-1630) Simpson, Thomas. (1582-1628?) Renaissance in the North, Music at the court of the Weser renaissance. Instrumental Music.

New acquisition.
Bought: August 2015.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates:  March 2011.
Recording venue: Schlosskapelle im Schloss Brake bei Lemgo, Germany.
Recording engineer: Siegbert Ernst.
Running time: 72:00.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Paduan, Ballett, Coral, Almandes, Intradas, Courantes Canzoni, Mascaradas.
Composers in the heading.  

Performed by:
Weser Renaissance, Bremen, Manfred Cordes.

I would say this is a winner all around. Performance, sound, music, booklet, no criticisms at all. Price is only 6 euros.
Artistically a very successful interpretation, but that is to be expected, afteral Weser Renaissance Bremen belongs to the top ensembles in Germany, and has grown to great heights under the tutelage of Manfred Cordes. This refinement one clearly hears. I really enjoyed this consort music by two very fine composers. Listening to the nature of their music those Englishmen abroad must have had a lot of fun cruising Northern Germany. I did. A recommended buy. Get it as long as it is available for such a low price. One of CPO'S best.

Recent acquisition. Music for Compline, Tallis, Byrd and Sheppard. Fourth rerun.

I have been very happy with this disc over the months I have listen to it, and enchanted by the art of Stile Antico. I look forward to more of this group, whenever something rolls into the budget price.
See first review.

First review of this disc. (10-2-2015.

Recent acquisition. Rossi, Michelangelo. (c. 1601/2-1656) Toccate e Correnti. Fourth rerun.

A fine disc with music that is essential to me. A small quibble is the fact that organ and harpsichord are mixed in this recording, and the different volume levels are a bit irritating, for one has to lower the volume for the Harpsichord works, while increasing for the organ.
Apart from this superb recording.
A pity I could not find details of the registers of this organ, and they are not mentioned in the booklet.
But I have a picture this time. A Graziadio Antegnati organ built in 1565.

First review of this disc. 20-4-2015.

First review of this disc.

Recent acquisition. Zarlino, Gioseffo. (1517-1590) Modulationes sex Vocum. (1566) Fourth listen.

A heavenly delight, listening to these works again. A disc to treasure.
See first review. (9-2-2015.

First review of this disc.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Recent acquisition. Vivaldi, Antonio. The Vivaldi Recordings. CD 14. Concertos for Oboe and Clarinets. First listen.

Recent acquisition.
Bought in May 2015.
First listen.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
Box with 20 cd's.
Recording dates: March 1991.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
Recording engineer: Stanley Goodall.
Running time: 60:08.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Concertos for Oboe.
F major, RV 457.
A minor, RV 461.
A minor, RV 463.
C major, RV 447.
For two Oboes.
D minor, RV 535.
For two Oboes and two Clarinets.
C major, RV 559.

Performed by:
Stephen Hammer, Frank de Bruine, Oboes.
Eric Hoeprich, Anthony Pay, Clarinets.
Susan Sheppard, Cello.
Peter McCarthy, Double Bass.
Andrew Watts, Bassoon.
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

Again I must say magnificently done. The oboes and clarinets sound gloriously, the recording is top notch, and the pleasure in playing these works is what you hear foremost. This is how I like my Vivaldi. Recommended.

Recent acquisition. Vivaldi, Antonio. The Vivaldi Recording, Concertos, sonatas, Sacred Music, Cantatas. CD 13. Miscellaneous concerts. First listen.

Recent acquisition.
First listen.
Bought in May 2015.
Label: L'oiseau Lyre.
Box with 20 cd's.
Recording dates CD 13: November 1977, August 1989, November 1975.
Recording venue: Rosslyn Hill, London. Conservatoire de la Musique, Paris. All Saints Church Petersham.
Recording engineer: John Dunkerley, Colin Moorfoot.
Running time: 59:18
Classical relevance: Essential recordings.

Works performed:
Concerto in C major for 2 Trumpets, RV 537.
(Michael Laird, Ian Wilson, natural trumpets)

Concerto in D major, "Madrigalesco"RV 129.

Concerto in G minor for 2 Cellos, RV 531.
(Anner Bijlsma, Anthony Pleeth, Cellos)

Concerto in C major, for 2 Flutes, RV 533.
(Stephen Preston, Nicholas McGegan, Flutes.)

Concerto in G major, "Alla Rustica", RV 151.

Concerto in D major, for 2 Violins & 2 Cellos, RV 564.
(Catherine Mackintosh, Monica Huggett, Violins, Anner Bijlsma & Anthony Pleeth, Cellos)

J.S. Bach.
Concerto in A minor for four Harpsichords, BWV 1065.
(Transcription from Concerto No. 10 in B minor, RV 580)

Colin Tilney, Christopher Rousset, Davitt Moroney, Christopher Hogwood, Harpsichords.

Concerto in G minor, RV 153.

Performed by:
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

No complaints here. All concerts are played magnificently. I especially enjoyed the vivid rendering of the Concerto in A minor, A harpsichord extravaganza, in a magnificent performance. Fine instruments were used. Anner Bijlsma, is always a welcome player in this field, for I find him a better player in a ensemble or duets with other cellists, than as a solo player, for he tends to get a bit eccentric when on his own, and this is not always nice, as I remember from the solo concertos from Bach. The trumpet concertos were a curiosity item for me, never heard them, for I am not that keen on a trumpet as a solo instrument, but the natural trumpets used here sound really good, although they do not allow fast tempi, but that's okay, for the message comes out clearly. Good sound in all concertos.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Recent acquisition. Glazunov Alexander. Complete String Quartets, Volume 4.

I am very happy that I bought the last two volumes that were missing from my collection. Glazunov wrote beautiful chamber music on a very high level, as well as orchestral masterpieces. Not that many are aware of this. I am! I praise myself amongst them that see the true worth of Alexander Glazunov. Recommended.

See first review with all details.

First review of this disc.

Recent acquisition. Gade, Niels Wilhelm. Complete Piano Trios. Second rerun.

Fine romantic works, excellently played and recorded. Gade had an unusual gift for fine melodies.
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First review of this disc.

Recent acquisition. Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon. Complete Keyboard Works. CD 6. Second rerun.

Second time around, and it still makes me very happy. Leon Berben does well, extremely so. This last disc of the box with Harpsichord Works is a delight. The light tinkling of the upper register makes it sound as tiny raindrops. Sumptuous and heart warming.
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First review of this disc. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Recent acquisition. Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon. Complete Organ Works. CD 5. Second rerun.

My ongoing journey through this box for the second time.  Enjoy it every bit as the first time! 
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First review of this CD.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

On my listening menu today (24-4-2018)

J.S. Bach. Complete organ works Olivier Vernet. CD 6. Erkki Melartin. Orchestral Works. Peteris Vasks Orchestral Works ...