Johann Sebastian BACH
(1685-1750) Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
Keith Jarrett (piano) rec. 1987 ECM NEW SERIES 2627/28 [50:42 + 53:39]
Tempted? You should be.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Vol. 8
Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68220 [76:46]
[MG] Illuminating, vibrant, intensely ‘in the moment’ performances.
Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704)
Les Plaisirs de Versailles, Les Arts Florissants -
Teresa Wakim (soprano) Jesse Blumberg (baritone)
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ens/Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs
rec. 2019 CPO 555 283-2 [73:27] [GH] The plots may be minimal but the performances are a joy.
Fini HENRIQUES (1867-1940)
Piano works -
Christina Bj°rk°e (piano) rec. 2018 DACAPO 8.226150 [81:53]
[JW] Henriques’ pieces make few real demands on the listener but offer good material for a pianist young in spirit.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Symphony No. 3
Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Russia
- London SO/Valery Gergiev rec. 2014 LSO LIVE LSO0779 [56:30]
[SV] Many listeners will enjoy this disc despite unconventional pacing.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Asmik Grigorian, John Daszak, Wiener Philharmoniker/Franz Welser-M÷st
rec. 2018 UNITEL EDITIONS 801704 Blu-Ray [112 mins] [RWe]
Sets a new benchmark in the performance of the title role.
Green & Pleasant Land Vol. 2 Kevin Bowyer (organ)
rec. 2017 PRIORY PRCD1193 [79:36]
[MR] Kevin Bowyer transforms even the most unenticing pieces into a captivating listening experience.
Ulla Ricklander (mezzo)
Cathrine Pendrup (piano) rec. 2018 DANACORD DACOCD841 [44:25]
[SSi] A fine disc of Nordic songs which offers the unusual as well as the well-known.
Songbook Jan Vogler (cello)
Ismo Eskelinen (guitar) rec. 2019 SONY CLASSIC 19075959762 [54.50]
[MC] Sparklingly played.
A Tribute to Danny Granados
Works by Brahms, Golijov & Piazzolla - Danny Granados (clarinet)
Fidelis String Qt rec. 2011 DELOS DE3562 [63:41] [MR] This disc is as musically enticing as it is personally affectionate.
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