One of the most grown-up review sites around

2019
50,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Senior Editor: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

A most rewarding CD
Renate Eggebrecht violin

REFERENCE RECORDINGS

Nick Barnard review
Michael Cookson review



Acte Prealable returns
with New Releases


Anderson Choral music


colourful and intriguing


Artyomov
Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble


one of Berlioz greatest works


Rebecca Clarke Frank Bridge
High-octane performances


An attractive Debussy package


immaculate Baiba Skride


eloquent Cello Concerto


tension-filled work


well crafted and intense


Laangaard
another entertaining volume


reeking of cordite


Pappano with a strong cast


imaginatively constructed quartets


the air from another planet


vibrantly sung


NOT a budget performance


very attractive and interesting


finesse and stylistic assurance


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Nikolai KAPUSTIN (b.1937)
Complete Chamber Works for Flute
Flute Sonata, Op. 125 (2004) [19:56]
Divertissement, Op. 91 (1998) [17:09]
A Little Duo for flute and cello, Op. 156 (2014) [6:23]
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 86 (1998) [19:58]
Immanuel Davis (flute)
Adam Kuenzel (flute)
Käthe Jarka, Pitnarry Shin (cello)
Timothy Lovelace (piano)
rec. 2016, Ted Mann Hall, University of Minnesota, USA
NAXOS 8.579024 [63:00]

Perhaps you know of the music of Ukraine-born Nikolai Kapustin already. There have been a few CDs over the years to etch his niche even more deeply. Try Leslie De'Ath's article on this site as an arm's-length, in-depth appraisal by a performer who has also done so much for Cyril Scott's piano music. Kapustin has thrived under recorded attention from Steven Osborne (Hyperion), Daniel del Pino (2+2), Miguel Borrego (NPM), Sun Hee Yoo and Sukyeon Kim (Piano Classics).

These four works come from the period 1998 - 2014. They're in Kapustin's hay-wagon ride of a journey that branches out into a cool promontory. It's a projection from a mainland occupied, as it were, by the likes of Jacques Loussier, Friedrich Gulda, Meyer Kupferman and Conlon Nancarrow. Slightly gallic, Kapustin's music swoons and accelerates the listener with a sense of propulsion only just under control. They combine a predominance of jazz blended with an element of laid-back sultriness. The track of these entertaining four 'missiles' tips, turns and mercurially breezes left and right, up and down. It's as if Debussy's Faune had come under the influence of the high priests of jazz and had given himself over to the wild excesses of Pan and Dionysus - putting the maenads and corybantes to flight.

Six years separate the four-movement Flute Sonata from the three movements of the Divertissement but the style gap is hardly detectable, except that the tempo and mood is calmer in the Divertissement. A Little Duo is the most recent work here and fines the complement down to two. Here, Kapustin takes the quintessence of his style established in the 1990s and provides what amounts to a concentrated Baedeker of his creativity. More of the same? Probably … but the huskier presence of the cello has greater prominence. The Trio at times, as in the first of three movements, boasts a challenging density of texture moderated by the calming nectar of the middle Andante. The playing seems fluent and idiomatic and the recording is apt to this rightness and seeming ease of expression.

Kapustin is a fascinating and engaging character. When will a company get around to recordings his six numbered piano concertos (1961, 1974, 1985, 1989, 1993 (2x)) and his host of other pieces for piano and orchestra?

Rob Barnett
 




Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount


Special offer 50% off

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Vacant
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger