Friday, December 22, 2017

The Parisian Symphony. CD 6. Works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: October 2017.
First listen: 22-12-2017.
Label: Ricercar.
CD 6 from 7.
Recording dates:  Between 2008-2014
Venue: Namur, Theatre Royal?
Engineer: Manuel Mohino.
Time: 56:22.

Works on CD 6:
Joseph Haydn, Misera noi, misera Patria, Hob XXIVa:7.
Jodie Devos, Soprano.

Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1 for Keyed trumpet and Orchestra.
Jean François Madeuf, Keyed trumpet.

Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 2 in D major, opus 36.

Performed by:
Les Agrémens, Guy van Waas.

I was pleasantly surprised by the soprano Jodie Devos in a piece by Haydn with which this disc starts. Only natural vibrato, notes clear as a bell, and no overdramatizing of words or music. Even the top notes were more than acceptable. so there exists sopranos I like apart from my usual suspects. The music an sich was not really appealing to me, but I liked it nevertheless. The concerto for keyed trumpet was a first for me, for usually I avoid trumpet concertos. But Madeuf's playing is excellent and as riveting as I expected it to be. Neither a favourite piece for me, but a very pleasant listen.
I was really curious after the Beethoven, and I can say that this also was a surprise for me.
Tempi spot on, detailing absolute gorgeous, dynamics well chosen, and accents in all the places were they should be. Van Waas is direct and clear sighted and spacious in his approach. The performance is guided with a sure hand and a sense of inevitability, but also meticulous in observing tempo and dynamic markings. And it is just this attention to dynamic levels, that impressed me most. His unfailing accuracy and musicality without giving the impression of being self conscious or mannered is a huge plus in my books. Phrasing and balance also sound effortlessly natural. This interpretation goes straight into my list of favourite recordings of the second symphony.
The sound is superb.

Bach, Johann Sebastian.(1685-1750) The Complete Organ Works. CD III. The Foccroulle edition.

New acquisition. Date of purchase: 2017. First listen: 19-2-2018. Label: Ricercar. Recording dates: May 1996. Venue: Blasii Kirche in Z...