Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vieuxtemps, Henri. (1820-1881) Complete Violin Concertos. CD 1

Second listen.

I can only emulate the previous review with saying these are wonderful performances.

First review of this disc!

Gabrieli, Andrea. (1532/33-1585) The Complete Keyboard works. CD 4.

Second listen.

On this disc you hear how this organ should have been recorded on all the 6 discs. I said earlier, that the organ with the vocals was perfectly recorded, and so it is. Loreggian is much more relaxed as with previous discs. 
See previous review.

First review of this disc.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A miracle... Johann Gottfried Walther's complete Organ music releases on the Label Brilliant!

Long awaited, Simone Stella recorded Walther's work on the Zanin Organ in Padua. Would have wished different organs but then, beggars can't be choosers. 

A box with 12 cd's for 30 euros.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vasks, Peteris. Chamber Music.

Third listen.

Little to add, it still one of my treasured discs. And an intro to all the Vasks discs that are waiting for me to listen.

First review of this disc.

Glazunov, Alexander. (1865-1936) Complete String Quartets Volume 4.

Third hearing.

I keep repeating it time and again, that Glazunov's SQ are world class compositions. This guy lived well into the 20th century, and my only regret is that I could not shake hands with this fantastic composer....O, well.
Recommended, and that goes for Volume 1-5.

See first review of this disc.

Gabrieli, Andrea. (1532/33-1585. The complete Keyboard Works. CD 3.

Second listen.

I have some modifications as to my first review, but as a whole my mind is set in one way.
The third CD starts in a relaxed way, and so far as I know it's the only one in the series that does. The tempi are less driven, and there is certainly more contemplation and spiritually motivated music making. There is more depth to the music, due to slower tempi, so the music has time to unfold. Even the sound is less frontal, and at times I could hear the figures made in the lower register. Loreggian is one of my favourite performers so I am extra critical in terms of performance. His musical integrity is without question, sound. His artistic approach got me into trouble while listening. But not all can be everybody's cup of tea, so to speak. As a side remark, which is not without meaning: The harpsichord pieces are all superb, and well recorded, at least that's a great plus.
See first review too please, just follow the link below.

First review of this disc.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

Third listen.

A beautiful disc filled with excellent music, in a state of the art recording.
A disc to have actually.

First review of this disc.

Verhulst, Johannes. (1816-1891) String Quartets, opus 6.

Third listen.

Verhulst is a considerable find for me. His music surprised me by it's quality and the creative mind behind it. I look forward to more of his music, which is hopefully recorded in the future.

First review of this disc.

Gade, Niels Wilhelm. (1817-1890) Complete Piano Trios.

Third listen.

I have nothing much to add, reading through my first review, apart from the fact that with every hearing this gets better.

First review of this disc.

Gabrieli, Andrea. (152/33-1585) The Complete Keyboard music. Disc 2.

Second listening.

To add to my original review the following.
Sound on my reference system is even more unsettling. After a while the recording gets a bit better, I even hear that the engineer is fiddling around the equipment while recording. There is no air around the organ in the solo pieces. Funny enough the organ is perfectly recorded during the Missa Dominicalis, suddenly there is reverberation which I so miss in other places.  In odd places there is some distortion, barely audible, but it's there.
Upper register is oppressive. It is played in a non contemplative style, with no spiritual intent. The forward pressing in the playing of Loreggian is responsible for that. There is much stress on every note in the upper register.
The music is beyond reproach, Loreggian's  technique also, I do not doubt his honesty, but I am simply not agreeing with his interpretation. 
So I still think this is not a set to cherish, and were it not for the lack of other recordings, this set would have gone straight to the refusal bin.

First review of this disc.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Escenas Argentinas. A Symphonic Anthology.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2015.
First listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: June 1999.
Recording venue: Teatro Municipal, Parana, Provincia de Entre Rios, Argentina.
Recording engineer: Reinhard Geller.
Running time: 58:49.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works  and composers:

Carlos Lopez Buchardo. (1881-1948)
Premiere recording on CD.
Escenas Argentinas in three movements.

Julian Aguirre. (1868-1924)
Orchestrated by Ernest Ansermet and published as
Due danze Argentine.

Astor Piazzolla. (1921-1992)
Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires.

Luis Gianneo. (1897-1968)
El Tarco en Flor., Symphonic Poem.

Carlos Guastavino. (1912-2000)
premiere recording in this version.
Las Ninas, No. 1 from Tres Romances Argentinos.

Oscar Giudice. (1906-1974)
premiere recording
Salmo al Parana.

Performed by:
Orquesta Sinfonica de Entre Rios, Gabriel Castagna.

Another welcome addition to my classical collection. I did not know what to expect exactly, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. Of course this music has strong nationalistic tendencies, but that is to be expected and in this case very welcome. For it shows clearly the character and culture of the Argentine nation in all their gorgeous colours. And although many names are unknown on this CD, the music is of a high standard, and very well performed by an orchestra I did not know, but boy do they swing this music.
Buchardo begins this CD with very well scored music, in which the folkloristic element is pre eminent. As if every note is literally soaked in folklore. Nothing but praise here, the music makes your heart leap.
Aguirre is like Buchardo an excellent orchestrator and has the same tools to make the music shine. Two short pieces but really powerful in its expression.
Normally I am not a great fan of Piazzolla, but in this case I must bow to this wonderful piece. I did not know he had this in him, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard. I am not a great fan of Tango music, which is primarily his aim, but this is a exception on the rule, almost none of that.
Gianneo writes music that has a very atmospheric tinge to it, almost a spiritual element pops up at the oddest moments. Melancholy too, even sentimental, but a fine open scoring.
Guastavino is a world apart. This fellow is a thoroughbred romantic of the sweetest kind, Afterwards you need to go to the dentist to fill all the holes in your moles. A bit too sweet for me, but nicely done. I cannot imagine a whole CD full with his music, you will have no teeth left after that.
Giudice composed something that lingers for quite a while. Its a fine but short piece.
The excellent scoring was preeminent amongst all Argentine composers, in the sense that I was constantly awed, not having that many composers of that country in my collection. A real find and well recorded too. Its recommended.

Dances with the winds.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2015.
First and second listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: May 2004.
Recording venue: New broadcasting House Manchester, England.
Recording engineer: Don Hartridge.
Running time: 69:08.
Classical relevance: The wind enthusiasts essential, other might like it too.

Works performed:
Kenneth Hesketh. (B. 1968)
Danceries in four movements.

Nikos Skalkottas. (1904-1949)
Nine Greek Dances.

John Corigliano. (B. 1938)
Gazebo Dances.

Adam Gorb. (B. 1958)
Yiddish Dances.

Performed by:
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, Clark Rundell.

Whatever you may think about music for wind instruments, this release is clearly one to have and to hold. Not only do you get some new composers, but also excellent arrangements or original compositions for a Wind band. And those instruments are versatile, believe me. This disc makes that abundantly clear.
No matter what composer on this disc you listen too, they all have something to say that is truly unique, and at times revelatory. Even in our times music is allowed to be beautiful and above all tonal. That does not mean that the notes or the chords are not a little bit bended, but always in a tasteful way. Hesketh with which this cd starts is a point in case. He gives titles to his dances that awaken your interest  and rightly so for "Lull me beyond thee"or "Catching of Quails" not to mention Quadling Delight"  are descriptive titles that covers the musical expression to a T.. Very funny and at the same time truly magical.
Now Nikos Skalkottas was seen as a musical extremist being a scholar from Schoenberg, and therefore not much liked by his own people or for that matter also in the rest of the world. So what ever the poor chap did, apart from dying to young, his reworking of the Orchestral Dances into Nine Greek dances for Wind instruments, show nothing of the extremist in him, he's rather a huggable pussy, in producing the finest jewels for these instruments. I really enjoyed them very much.
John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances are in the same order, very beautifully scored, in such an effective way that I had to listen twice before I fully grasped the rich melodic content. I did not expect such melodic works by his hands. Kudos!
But the piece de la resistance must be the Yiddish Dances by Adam Gorb. it is so well scored, Yiddish music is extremely suited to wind instruments, that I revelled in ecstasy every minute that this music lasted. Especially two Romanian dances, Doina, ( girls name) and Hora, (A dance). The scoring is marvelous and gets to a climax in Freylach's hilariously funny Dance, like a whirlwind to feet cannot stop tapping along, or sit still at any given point in the music.
The performances are sublime, hats off for their abilities, and the recording does ample justice to the music. Very good sound!

Pejacevic, Dora. Works for Violin & Piano.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2015.
First listen.
Label: CPO
Recording dates: January 2008.
Recording venue: Kammermusikstudio Stuttgart, Germany.
Recording engineer: Karl Heinz Runde.
Running time: 54:08.
Classical relevance. Essential....for me.

Works performed:
Sonata in D major, opus 26 & in B flat minor, opus 43, Slavic.
Canzonetta, opus 8.
Menuet opus 18.
Romance, opus 22.
Elegie, opus 34.
Meditation, opus 51.

Performed by:
Andrej Bielow, Violin.
Oliver Triendl, Piano.

Whatever she throws at me, be it music or something else, I will receive all her compliments with the utmost grace. For me it's unavoidable not being overwhelmed by her sheer creativity and supreme excellence as a woman of intellect, and therefore I bow for all that she has given, and was not allowed by her untimely death to give even more. Her oeuvre is an statement of great importance, for although she was already advanced beyond expectation, she would have risen even more, if she only would not have left this world giving birth to her first child, and died afterwards due to kidney failure.
She ranks first on my list of favourite female composers, and due to this fact I have almost all music that is recorded. I tried to find a book written about her life, but all I did find was a paperback in German of 65 pages for the price of 45 pounds! Although the language would not be a problem at all, the price is.  And 65 pages hardly covers her life. I think its about the songs she has written. If anyone finds a cheaper copy of it, please let me know.
I hope that CPO keeps on recording her work, until it's complete, because this CD is showing quite clearly with what speed she is growing in her knowledge and approach to music, coupled with an intellectual curiosity that clearly marks her unrest in gathering as much learning as is possible.
Her melodic palette grows with every note and is as rich in creativity as it is intrinsically emotional.
This music makes me very happy.
The recording and performance are perfect...
Please look in my search function for reviews of all other CD'S I bought from her.

Sterkel, Johann Franz Xaver. (1750-1817) Orchestral works.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2015.
First listen.
Label: DHM.
Recording dates: December 2013.
Recording venue: Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany.
Recording engineer: Uwe Walter.
Running time: 66:13.
Classical relevance: Important.

Works performed:
Symphony opus 35, No. 1 in D major & No. 2 in B flat major.
Overture a Grand Orchestre.

Works performed by:
L'arte del Mondo, Werner Ehrhardt.

I would not be surprised if you would think Sterkel, who? Because that's what I did. I had a big question mark on my face when I saw this cd. 
I have to admit that I was very much surprised when listening to his music. He was in his time a very famous and well known composer, although this fame lasted as long as his life, and afterwards he was so quickly forgotten, that hardly a trace of him was left. And this is in the light of his place in musical history a omission of a major kind.
In September 1791 Sterkel received an unofficial visit from the following worthies, to wit: Franz Anton Ries, ( the father of Ferdinand Ries) Nicolaus Simrock, (Later a famous music publisher) Andreas and Bernhard Romberg, (Andreas being a great favourite with me) and young Beethoven. They were all more or less impressed by Sterkel, but Beethoven was definitively awed. And it is interesting to know that he did that his whole life. When you hear Sterkel's music you understand why. It is not wrong to conclude that Sterkel is Beethoven's precursor. Literally I might add. So here it is that Beethoven got his inspiration from. And that is more than interesting. Sure enough you will hear very strong pointers towards Beethoven future music, so much so, that it had me at times believe this is Beethoven. To me that is quite a revelation.
Sterkel works are inventive and for its time very modern. It is a mix of conventional and spectacular which is fascinating. So in this sense it a no brainer to have.
The performance and sound however leave a lot to be desired.
L'arte del Mondo was established in 2004, and since 2011 under the  financial aegis of Bayer Pharmaceuticals.  They play well, but not that well. It has a rather rough and ready style, at time tempi should be faster, refinement is very seldom heard, and they can play really loud, too loud! The sorry thing is that you may easily imagine better performances, which is not a great compliment to this ensemble, but the criticism is in my ears warranted. They play on modern instruments but in an historically informed way.
The engineer, so tells me the booklet is a Diplom engineer VDT, but uhmmmm, he seems to have missed a few rules in recording. For instance count the seconds of the reverb, and correct this if necessary. He also did the editing, so he must have heard this, but decided that he liked the long reverb. Well I don't, the sound is a bit hollow because of the reverb, and that also contributes to the somewhat uneasy sound picture. Ehrhardt seems to like boomy statements, for he gets all the loudness out of the music that could be possibly there, instead of respecting the score where it says pp or ppp. Its either soft or too loud.
But still I recommend this for historically this is a very important release.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gossec, Francois Joseph. (1734-1829) Symphonien.

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: April 1997.
Recording venue: All Saints Church Tooting, London.
Recording engineer: Ben Connellan.
Running time: 66:56.
Classical relevance: Well worth acquiring.

Works performed:
Symphonies, opus 12,  No. 5 in E flat major, (B 58) & No. 6 in F major, (B 59)
Opus 5, No. 2 in E flat major, (B 26) & No. 3 in D major, (B 27) "Pastorella".
Symphony in D major, (B 86).

Performed by:
London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert.

I must say I was surprised listening to these Symphonies, for they are wonderfully crafted and expertly scored over the whole spectrum of the orchestra. Creative thunderstorms albeit mild ones, but invigorating nevertheless. There are minor musical influences of Joseph Haydn, and of course the influences of a lot more composers at his time, but that would only be in the technical department.  A very original voice, and who has some fine surprises in petto. The first movement of the Symphony, opus 12, No. 6 is one of them. Ravishing string playing, sharply punctuated rhythms, and a melodic drive that makes you notice whats going on. Classical works, sometimes a bit conventional, but never boring. Bamert proves himself on this CD that he actually knows how to play a Presto or a Allegro molto, and even the slight difference between Poco presto and Presto is not lost on him, so all in all great fun.
Sound has a bit too much reverb in the first and last Work on this disc, but detail is well placed.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Marsh, John. (1752-1828) Symphonies. FIRST LISTEN

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: October 2006.
Recording venue: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, Garden suburb London.
Recording engineer: Jonathan Cooper.
Running time: 64:05.
Classical relevance. Interesting.

Works performed:

Symphony No. 6 in D major. (1796)
Conversation Symphony for two Orchestras in E flat major. (1778)
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major. (1780.*
Symphony No. 7 in E flat major. (1790).*
Symphony No. 8 in G major. (1778.*

[* = Premiere recordings]

Performed by:

London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert.

This was a pleasant surprise. Firstly because having composed a mass of works, and almost self taught in all, doing a ton of other worthy things in life, and acknowledging his status as an amateur composer, he grew in my opinion far above  many a taught composer in this world. His scoring is expertly done, his knowledge of instruments and their capabilities enormous, and his knack for melodies equal to anyone of his time, believe me he is well worth your attention. I enjoyed my journey through his Symphonies. They carry the stamp of originality, and ingenuity, far beyond what one could expect from a composer who calls himself an amateur. Thus it is like this, a fine composer and a learned one at that. Try it.

Sound is good as is the performance. Bamert was inspired, he plays faster as usual. :)

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

Third listen.

Also a CD with music that grows on you. It brings new details with every hearing, and I start to appreciate the threads that are woven so expertly in this scoring. Like his Chamber music, his Orchestral music has the same concentration and emotional weight, that makes this music so lasting in your memory.
I modified my view since the first review.
Re-listen made me rethink.

Please click link below..for details 

First review of this disc with all details.

Panufnik, Andrzej. (1914-1991) Symphonic Works, Volume 7.

Second listen.

He is one of my favourite 20th century composers, and is among few I cherish a pleasure to listen too. Volume 7 brings many new works that I did not hear before, and which surprised me no end, especially the Bassoon Concerto. One Volume to go in this series by CPO, which I will acquire any time soon.
See previous review of this disc. Click on link below.

First review of this disc with all details

Olsen, Ole. (1850-1927) Orchestral Music.

Second listen.

As expected this music gets better on repeated hearings. And so it is. Its a bit sad that this composer is so neglected after his death. He deserves much better.
See previous review.

First review of this disc, with all details.

Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand. (1656-1746) Orchestral & Choral Works.

Third listen.

A remarkable recording, and some very good music. A worthy addition to anyones collection, especially for the old music buffs. There is no disappointment whatsoever.

See previous review.

First review of this cd with all details.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Gabrieli, Andrea. (1532/33-1588) Complete Keyboard Works.

Second listen.

I had to rewrite my review of the first disc, and also the rest of them. For this box is one of the greatest disappointments so far this year. I particularly regret this, because I so looked forward to this release, but faith would have it that it did not turn out as I expected.
This also happens when you're collecting I guess. Anyways read the newly adapted review, for the second hearing on my reference system brought twice fold to light, the shortcomings of these recordings. I was already unpleasantly surprised when hearing this on my near field monitors, but this is even worse.

First review partly re written.

Klughardt, August. (1847-1902) Chamber Music.

Third listen.

A remarkable recording of music that will touch your heart instantly.

See first review of this disc with all details.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Romberg, Andreas. (1767-1821) String Quartets, Volume II.

Third listen.

Marvellous music. Romberg belongs to the very top of his trade and one should be aware of this fact, for the SQ her presented leaves no doubt how good he actually was. A true genius also almost forgotten, as with all of them. Anyways this would be a good start for anyone to sample what you actually miss at the moment. Eventually I will get the first volume too, but as for now that it a bit too pricey for me.
See my first detailed review by clicking this link below.

First review of this disc.

Stahle, Hugo & Dvorak, Antonin. Piano Quartets.

Third listen.

I never disguised my admiration for the composer Stahle, who tragically died when 22. He did not compose much, but what he composed are big treasures for me! Beginning with his only symphony and then straight into the wonderful Piano Quartet in A major. In my first review I talk a bit about this recording and to this I have nothing to add. Apart from the fact that I do recommend it for the third time.

Click on the link below for the first review of this disc and all the details.

First review of this disc.

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

Third listen.

Perfectly composed SQ by the hand of a master, although many will disagree on this term master, however for me he is. Glazunov was well regarded by all his composer friends, as he is by me. Anyways, this disc holds some fine music, perfect for a sunny day with a cloud here and there:)
Please click on the link for more details.

First review of this disc and all details.

Reinecke, Carl. (1824-1910) Complete Violoncello Sonatas.

Third listen.

Always a wonderful journey with the music by Reinecke. He seldom disappoints. The Violoncello sonatas belong to the finest in his oeuvre, and can stand alongside the very best of his time. Reinecke's music covers the whole of the emotional spectrum, and so has a answer for every mood or situation. There is something very soothing in his compositions, which always hits a nerve with me. 
Wonderful performances.

See also my previous review with all details by clicking on this link

I found another one in the Chandos sale on JPC de,

Definitively the last one from the 37 cd's on sale. The symphony I have already in different guises, the other works not, so for the price this was a no brainer actually.

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

Third listen.

This disc was a huge surprise to me, in terms of the gorgeous music on it. Why this guy was so utterly forgotten is beyond me, but for my part, I seldom hear such passionate works that are so indebted to the great romantic tradition, and are so perfectly emulated in the compositions of Gaito. He is such a natural successor to Brahms. The music are like words of the finest poetry imaginable. Yes, I am very impressed by what is recorded here, so might I recommend this to anyone with a heart for chamber music. The disc will soon leave the the market, it's already on its way out, and the chance that it will be re-released is small, or God forbid we even get more recordings of his music. Buy it, you will not regret the small amount you have to pay for music that is invaluable.

First review with all details.

Friday, September 11, 2015

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

Third listen.

What a remarkable female composer she is, the more so because she had a very interesting life.
The music is mesmerizing and emotionally charged till the rim. I love her music, just wish her orchestral works would be available too.
Strongly recommended.

First review with all details.

Mel Bonis

Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760) Orchestral Works, Volume III.

Third listen.

What a fine composer Graupner was. I have all three volumes that were recorded on MDG, and together they form a excellent musical picture of this unique composer. He belongs to my top baroque collection.

See previous review with all details.

Spohr, Louis. (1784-1859) Symphony No 4 & 5.

Third listen.

Altogether I am very happy to have this recording, for it gets better at every hearing. It helps that the performance and recording is pretty good. He is a fabulous composer.
See previous review, you will see I changed my view a bit.

First review with all details,

I found a few bargains along the way....ordered.

Chandos seems to pull out these recordings and offer them for 6 euro's a piece. Go to JPCde to find them in the Classical chart list and thereon to "Restmengen". About 36 recordings there are. For me only two were interesting.

Krebs, Johann Ludwig. (1713-1780) Clavier ubung III for Organ.

Third listen.

So far I have been extremely lucky with organ music this year, and I have reasons to believe more goodies in that respect are on their way to me:)
This Krebs disc is very special, for one in regard to the organ used here, a very special one, magnificent in its sound, and secondly in being played by a unknow organist that is a natural in regards to this repertoire. I keep admiring these two things, in connection to the music by Krebs. What a remarkable composer he was. I silently hope that the complete works will soon be reduced in price a little. With Querstand it's always a gamble to wait. Anyone that could link me to a cheaper option as the 109 euros it is currently priced is most welcome.
I will post an image of the box I mean, just as a reference.
See also my first review.

First review of this disc with all details.

This is the complete box I mean. Currently 109 euros, which is a bit steep for me!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Brade, William & Simpson, Thomas, Taffel Consort

Third listen.

And yet another delightful disc, it whiles away time in a good manner, and it's a good accompaniment to whatever you're doing.

Mozart, Leopold. (1719-1787) Symphonies. FIRST LISTEN.

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: June 2007.
Recording venue: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead London .
Recording engineer: Jonathan Cooper.
Running time: 68:20.
Classical relevance: Interesting.

Works performed:
Symphonies: Premiere recordings.
C major, C 1
D major, D 17
C major, D 1.
G major, C 14.
C major C 4.
D major, D 25.

Works performed by:
London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert.

Actually I was very much surprised at the quality of these works by the father of Amadeus Mozart. Never paid much attention to his works, which is not fair, by hearing the symphonies on this disc. They are well composed, and deftly scored. Melodies are abound, be it in a rather formal jacket that allows no freedom to the notes. But that does not mean that they are not worthwhile to hear, on the contrary I would say. They will not rock your socks off as the proverb goes, but they will make enough impression to warrant relistening. Coupled with a very fine performance and recording, and making some allowances for movements being a little too slow, it warrants the expenditure. 

Léon Boëllmann: Piano Quartet Op. 10 - I. Allegro un poco moderato

Just listen, how beautiful Boellmann's music is.

d'Albert, Eugen. (1864-1932) String Quartets No 1-2.

Third listen.

These works belong to the best SQ I ever heard, and its a shame that they are so forgotten. I am very grateful the the Sarastro Quartet dug them up from one of the darkest corners in a library, called forgotten articles. Its amazing music, and wonderfully performed!

See previous review with all details.

First review with all details.

Bach, Johann Christian. (1735-1782) Six Quintets, opus 11 for Flute, Oboe, Violin, viola & BC.

Third listen.
I keep to my first albeit short review. Sunny music well performed.

First review with all details. (14-7-2015)

17th Century Funeral Music.

Third listen.

This is by all means a fine performance, and a excellent assembly of good music by some pretty well known composers. I enjoyed it all, save for the criticisms of which I talked in my first review.

First review with all details about composers and music.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A few additional orders, not as tall, but weighty anyways...

Scheidemann, Heinrich. (1596-1663) & Hassler, Hans Leo. (1564-1612) Organ Works.

Third listen.

This cd is one of my highlights in the organ collection I possess. The recording, interpretation, all so well done. The instrument is gorgeous to listen too.
Leo van Doeselaar is one of the best organists we have in the Netherlands.

See first review with all the available details .

Vasks, Peteris. (*1946) Episodi e Canto perpetuo & Quartet for Viola, Cello and piano.

Second listen.

Magnificent! Second time around it gets even better. Very much recommended, if you like his style.

See first review with all details.

Boellmann, Leon. (1862-1897) Chamber Music.

Third listen.

This is probably one of the best discs I bought from MDG. Boellmann is unknown to most of us, so this disc is a no brainer to be honest. The quality of the music is amazing, and the concentration of the Parnassus ensemble is breathtaking. Add to this the wonderful sound and you have a success on your hands that also proves to be a pleasant balm for your ears.

See also the first review of this disc with all details.

Baguer, Carlos. (1768-1808) Symphonies.

New acquisition.
Bought in August 2015.
First listen.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: March 1995.
Recording venue: St. Jude's Church, London.
Recording engineer: Ben Connellan.
Running time: 58:27.
Classical relevance: Mildly interesting, maybe as a contrast to Haydn's Symphonies.

Works performed: 
Symphony No.12/13/16/18.

Works performed by:
London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert.

I am not going to say that the works recorded are some of the best I ever heard, for they are not. I think them well written, but very conventional and without surprises. This Catalonian composer wrote in Joseph Haydn's style, but not with the same amount of creativity, no, far from it. There are fine moments of passing fancy, and some surprising notes as in the first movement of the 12th Symphony, but it never goes beyond the notion of a little more than mediocre. Sure he is in the same time frame of Mozart, but frankly I can think of other and better composers to fill that place. But I am getting a bit too negative, for you may listen to the works with a smile, and do some reading at the same time, for the music makes no demands, and the performance is quite good, although some of the middle movements were too slow for my taste, almost to a boring level. Bamert was never a speedy fellow, but more a leisured and aged gentleman, who gets rather late at the party he is invited to, but never mind that. Of all the composers in this series, this one is a bit disappointing, even the Cannabich I found a better proposal.
Be it as it is, the recording at least is very good, as might be expected from Chandos.
The Penguin guide gave it 3 stars, but it beats me for what?

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