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The Boston Musical Intelligencer

May 27

Winsor Brings Mojo to Brahms

The Boston Musical Intelligencer Engraved device from a letter of Brahms (courtesy Harvard Musical Association) Peggy Pearson’s Winsor Music wrestled with some deep thoughts, chiefly those of Johannes Brahms, and some contemplations on the lives of saints. A packed St. Paul’s Church in Brookline (quite impressive for a Tuesday) constituted a tribute not only to the programming, but also to the formidable resources Pearson brought to bear. These consisted of herself, of course, on oboe, Gabriela Diaz and Saúl Bitran, violins, James Buswell, viola, Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello, Anthony D’Amico, bass, and George Li, piano. “…and the last will be first,” as Matthew and the other synoptic evangelists put it; so it was on this program, which began with selections from Brahms’s final works, the 11 chorale preludes, op. 122 (the manuscripts were found in his desk at the time of his death in 1897, and were published only in 1902). These were written, of course, for organ, but Pearson transcribed numbers 4 (“Herzlich tut mich erfreuen”), 8 {“Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen”) and 11 (the second setting in this series of “O Welt, ich muss dich lassen”) for oboe, string trio and bass. Brahms began work on the set (the ordering is not from any indication by the composer, though it is widely believed that no. 11 was the last composed) after learning of the death of Clara Schumann, and it is probable that he knew as he was writing them that he was himself dying (cancer—all those cigars!). Consequently, it is frequently supposed that these were his own farewell to life, though there is considerable variety in the tone of the chorale texts he chose. No. 8 is probably the most popular of the set, on Pretorius’s famous Christmas tune, though it is the one number in which the tune is occulted, the memorable aspect of the prelude being the gentle and lovely counter-melody Brahms twines like vines around the inner voices where the melody resides. No. 11 sets each line of the text/tune—which most editions print as headings to the purely instrumental preludes—in a series of forthright statements and fainter echoes. In their performances of the three preludes, the ensemble displayed a plummy, mellow sonority in the first, an aching longing in the second, and blissful acceptance in the echoes of the third (couldn’t detect much rage here, pace Matthew Guerrieri ). Pearson’s scoring, as it happened, favored the viola, which Buswell (who is, of course, “normally” one of America’s leading violinists) played with silken soulfulness. The (literal) centerpiece of the first half of the program was the premiere of Dalla Legenda aurea, which Winsor commissioned from Portuguese composer Andreia Pinto-Correia. Ms. Pinto-Correia’s work is actually a step removed from the Medieval bestseller by Jacobus de Voragine now generally called The Golden Legend, a work of hagiography originally titled Legenda sanctorum. The Catholic Church long ago backed away from much of the fanciful pseudo-biographies of saints contained in the Legenda, and even determined that some of the people discussed probably never existed. In its day, however, it was highly influential, so much so that in the mid-15th century Piero della Francesca executed an elaborate set of frescoes (considered by many to be his greatest work) on commission from the Bacci family for the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo in Tuscany, called The History of the True Cross. It is these frescoes, rather than the book, that inspired Pinto-Correia’s piece. Incidentally, none of these have anything to do with Arthur Sullivan’s cantata The Golden Legend, which was based on a Longfellow poem that borrowed Voragine’s title but used a completely different story. Although the composer was present to describe the context of her work, there were no printed program notes and she did not project well enough (especially for those sitting to the sides of the stage) to make this retelling superfluous. Pinto-Correia, currently a teaching fellow at NEC, has lived in the US for a number of years and has won commissions from many American and European organizations (full disclosure: she was commissioned for a work by Dinosaur Annex, of which I am a director). She has, in the past, sought to embrace her national identity (which she says many Portuguese composers seek not to do). That said, there seems to be very little of that in her Legenda aurea, whose 10 brief attached sections sounded like they owed a great deal to the Spectralists and their obsession with the timbres of isolated notes; the tempi were mostly moderate-to-slow, there were very few passages that registered as lyrically melodic (pretty much all of them for the oboe), and much of the sound emphasized isolated pizzicato, with occasional rhythmic bursts. There was nothing at all pictorial in the writing; indeed, the colors and affect of most of the sections were hard to distinguish from one another—for sure there was nothing Handelian in the section called “Visit of Queen Sheba to King Solomon”! When it was over, it was hard to know why. It must be for others, therefore, to limn this work’s virtues; to these ears, nothing much gelled. The performance, by Pearson, Diaz, Buswell and Popper-Keizer, sounded as technically secure as one would expect from these top players. The first half closed with another chorale prelude, this time Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by J.S. Bach, which Pearson scored for the Legenda aurea ensemble, that is to say, like the Brahms but without the bass, a shrewd acknowledgment of the differences between a Baroque and Romantic organ sonority. It’s not quite clear just why this work was selected for this particular spot on the program—a balm to us heathens after a bout of grappling with Spectralism? Whatever the reason, the execution this time seemed to lack mojo, despite Pearson’s gorgeous and sensuous tone. The second half of the program was given back to Brahms, specifically his Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34. Pearson’s oral program notes emphasized the struggle the composer had to bring this unquestioned masterpiece to its final form, which is a more-than-twice-told tale always worth another listen to show how hard it is to make something seem effortless. Another interesting take-away from the quintet’s history is that it was not conceived as an answer or commentary on the quintet by Robert Schumann, Brahms’s mentor, who essentially invented the piano quintet in the modern sense; up till then, the ensemble was mostly used as a reduction medium for orchestral music. One follows the blossoming career of pianist George Li with great and increasing interest. Having emerged from his child-prodigy chrysalis (one wonders what former Wunderkind Buswell might tell him about that transition), he is deepening both in expressive output and in the sociability of his chamber playing. On this occasion, without any retrenchment in fervor in the many stormy passages of this quintet, he kept his part in balance with the strings as a full team player, to the advantage of the work and the audience. Considering the ad hoc and all-star quality of the ensemble, the unanimity and directedness of the performance was impressive to behold. The players were especially effective in shaping the dynamic trajectory of each phrase without losing the overall architecture and momentum of the piece. Just one example: the return of the ornamented main tune in the second movement was a marvel of delicacy. The alternation of misterioso and red-blooded robustness in the scherzo’s outer sections was delightful, while Popper-Keizer’s solo in the trio section lent it a palpable edginess. In the finale, the main statement of the theme took a few seconds to settle into its groove, but once there it held admirably for the big climaxes; the coda’s build-up and feral peroration were perfectly judged. Vance R. Koven studied music at Queens College and New England Conservatory, and law at Harvard. A composer and practicing attorney, he was for many years the chairman of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble. The post Winsor Brings Mojo to Brahms appeared first on The Boston Musical Intelligencer .

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Ermler (Moscow, 2000) 3/26/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Borodin's String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 by the Borodin Quartet (1966) 3/25/16 Hindemith +2CDs Bernstein's and Eschenbach's recordings of Orchestral Works (with Midori for the Violin C.to) 3/25/16 Debussy #1 +1CD Montserrat Caballé for La damoiselle élue (and Chausson's Poème), Wyn Morris conducting. 3/25/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +2CD Berg's Violin C.to (van Keulen) + Orchestral Works (M. Venzago, cond.) 3/25/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1CD Berg's Kammerkonzert conducted by Hindemith (1959) 3/24/16 A Weimar Rhapsody +1CD Krenek's Quartets Nos. 1 & 7 by the Petersen String Quartet (2003) 3/24/16 Strauss Operas #2 +2DVDs Abbado's (1989) and Böhm's (1981) Elektra in Vienna 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +4CDs Wolf's Lieder Bär & Fischer-Dieskau + Italienisches Liederbuch (Cotrubas/Allen & Oelze/Blochwitz) 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Pfitzner's Lieder selection with J. Kaufmann, C. Prégardien & A. Schmidt (1997) 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +2CDs Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' by Abbado (1985) and Chailly (2005) 3/24/16 Wagner Romantic Masterpieces +1DVD James Levine's celebrated Lohengrin at the Met 1986. 3/24/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Don Quixote in Pierre Fournier's classic Szell/1960 recording in Cleveland (a rip by Sasha) 3/18/16 Schubert #2 +1CD Symphony No. 3 by Ilan Volkov (+ Haydn's Symphony No. 46 & Mendelssohn's Melusine) 3/18/16 Schumann +1CD Brigitte Engerer's late studio recording (2003), including Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt. 3/18/16 Schumann +2CDs Concerto (+Grieg's) by Kovacevich & C. Davis (1971); Symphonic Etudes by Brendel (1990) 3/18/16 Schubert #3 +1CD New Rip and original scans of Winterreise by Hampson and Sawallisch (1997) 3/17/16 Poulenc +2CDs Sonatas by Pascal Rogé & Friends & Gloria by Andrew Davis (+ Stravinsky's Psalms Symphony) 3/17/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Pfitzner and Strauss Orchestral music from Operas, with Thielemann at the Berlin Deutschen Oper 3/16/16 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Grieg's Lyric Pieces (Andsnes, 2001) and 3 Violin Sonatas (Amoyal & Chiu, 1999) 3/16/16 The long Goodbye +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Karajan's classic London recording (1955) (a rip by Sasha) 3/15/16 Liszt +1CD Piano Sonata (+Scriabin's 2nd Sonata) by Ivo Pogorelich (1992) 3/15/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 with Peter Maag and Daniel Chorzempa (1986) 3/15/16 Mahler Lieder +1CD Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Charles Mackerras (with A. Murray and T. Allen) (1990) 3/15/16 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Korngold's Lieder by Steven Kimbrough and Dalton Baldwin (1984) 3/15/16 Mahler 9 +1CD Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra 3/14/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Dutilleux's Correspondance and 'Tout un monde lontain...' with Salonen (2011) 3/14/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1CD Boulez's rec.of Schoenberg's Suite Op. 29 & Op. 4 in the Sextet version 3/13/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Lieder with Soile Isokoski and Marita Viitasalo (the studio recording on Ondine) 3/12/16 American Classics +1CD Vernon Duke's Violin Concerto and Sonata by Elmira Darvarova and Scott Dunn 3/12/16 Shostakovich #1 +1BONUS Symphony No. 4: Jukka-Pekka Saraste & the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI (2004) 3/12/16 Strauss Operas #2 +1DVD Der Rosenkavalier: Franz Welser-Möst's production in Zürich (2004) 3/11/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto in Emerson's recording from 1977 (J. Mayer, LPO) 3/11/16 Bartok's Voices #5 +1CD Georg Solti's Hungarian Connections, works by Bartok, Weiner, Kodaly, Liszt (1993) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1CD set Kurt Masur's Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden (1988) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1DVD James Levine's Ariadne auf Naxos in New York (1988) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1CD set with James Levine's Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna (1987) 3/11/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Milhaud's orchestral music and Harp Concerto (F. Cambreling) with Kent Nagano 3/11/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Dukas' complete piano music by Laurent Wagschal (2013) 3/10/16 Remembering Harnoncourt's early recordings: +1CD Music at the Court of Mannheim 3/10/16 Menotti's The Medium +1DVD the 1977 classic video recording with Maureen Forrester as Madame Flora 3/10/16 Gershwin +1DVD Simon Rattle's Porgy & Bess (Glyndebourne 1993) 3/10/16 Debussy #6 +1CD Transcriptions for 2 Pianos of Jeux + Stravinsky's Sacre & Bartok's Portraits by Bavouzet & Guy 3/10/16 Debussy #6 +1CD Violin Sonata (+ Pierné's and Fauré's 1st) by C. Giovaninetti & I. Aoyagi (2013) 3/10/16 Debussy #6 Violin Sonata (+ Brahms' 2nd & Schubert's 1st Sonatina) Simone Bernardini & Vanessa Benelli-Mosell 3/10/16 Debussy #3 +1CD Printemps, La boite à joujoux, Children's Corner with Dutoit in Montréal (1994) 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Wozzeck in 1987 Claudio Abbado's production in Vienna 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Lulu in 2002 Franz Welser-Möst's production in Zürich 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Lulu in 1996 Andrew Davis' production in Glyndebourne 3/9/16 Bartok #5 +1CD Concerto for Orchestra with the Purcell School Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend (1997) 3/9/15 Malcolm Arnold Symphonies - new links added 3/9/16 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Wagner scenes with tenor William Lewis and conductor Gabor Ötvös 3/4/16 Weill +1CD set 'Street Scene' in John Mauceri's 1990 classic recording for Decca 3/4/16 Strauss Operas #1 +1DVD Levine's Elektra (1980, B. Nilsson, L. Rysanek, M. Dunn, D. McIntyre, R. Nagy) 3/4/16 Stravinsky #1 +1DVD Ozawa's Oedipus Rex (1993), directed by Julie Taymor (P. Langridge, J. Norman, B. Terfel) 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Catalan keyboardist Miquel Villalba's splendid recording of the Goldberg Variations 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Glenn Gould's must-have 1981 recording of the Goldberg Variations for CBS 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Angela Hewitt's rare early Canadian recording of Concertos BWV 1052-3-6 with M. Bernardi 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +7CDs Murray Perahia's Concertos, English Suites, Partitas and Goldberg Variations for Sony 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set: Anner Bylsma's classic recording of the Cello Suites (1991) 2/21/16 Spanish School #2 +1CD Ginastera's Estancia Suite & Harp Concerto (Barrera) under Josep Pons (2003) 2/21/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Magdalena Kozena's recording of Martinu, Dvorak & Janacek's Love Songs (2000) 2/21/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Clifford Curzon and Vienna Philh. Quartet for Dvorak and Franck's Piano Quintets 2/11/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1 Bonus File: Vanessa Benelli Mosell for Busoni's Chopin Variatons (2006) 2/6/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Fischer-Dieskau's historic 1975 recording of Ravel, Poulenc and Fauré's songs 2/6/16 Wintery Romantics +1DDL Sibelius and Goldmark, Violin Concertos by Bell and Salonen (2000) 2/6/16 Wintery Romantics +1DDL Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 by Salonen and the LA Philh. (2007) 2/5/16 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Jansons's recrding of Symphonies Nos. 2 & 12 in Munich (2005) 2/5/16 Shostakovich #1 +2CDs New rips for Jansons's Symphonies Nos. 3 + 14 & 13 on EMI 2/4/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set Goldberg-Variationen in Tessa Uys's rare recording for Claremont (2000) 2/4/16 Intense Bruckner +1DVD Audio Rip: Sinopoli's 4th Symphony in Tokyo with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1988) 2/4/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Franck & Debussy by Kenneth Weir (+ Rachmaninov's Chopin Variations) (2001) 2/4/16 Debussy #3 +1CD Images and Nocturnes with Dutoit in Montréal (1988) 2/4/16 Debussy #4 +1CD Etudes & Estampes by Véronique Pélisséro (1991) 2/4/16 American Classics +1CD Leroy Anderson's Favourite Orchestral Pieces conducted by Leonard Slatkin (1993) 1/28/16 Recorder music #1 New rips and links 1/27/16 Musique Française #1 +1LP Franck's Piano Quintet and Prélude, Choral et Fugue by J-P. Collard and Muir SQ 1/27/16 Debussy #6 +1LP String Quartet (+ Ravel's), by the Alban Berg Quartett on EMI (1984) 1/27/16 Summer Nights #4 +1LP Roger Woodward's recording of Beethoven's Op. 111 & Op. 57 for RCA (1973) 1/24/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Levine's Manon Lescaut (Decca, 1993)  1/21/16 Opera Favourites #1 +1CD set Karajan's 1982 recording of Carmen for DGG 1/18/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set Johannes-Passion in Harnoncourt's classic recording for Teldec (1993) 1/17/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set The Cello Suites in Rostropovich's classic 1991 EMI recording 1/16/16 Debussy #2 +1DDL Songs (including Chansons de Bilitis) + Ravel and Chausson by DeGaetani & Kalish (1979) 1/15/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit (+ Elliott Carter's piano works) by Pierre-Laurent Aimard 1/14/16 Shostakovich #2 +1CD set Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 (+Bach from WTC Book 1) selections: Mustonen 1/14/16 Bartok's Voices #5 Additional links for 5CD-box Dorati conducts Bartok (Mercury Living Presence) 1/13/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar & Walton's Violin Sonatas by Daniel Hope & Simon Mulligan (2000) 1/12/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Reger's Mozart Variations (Salonen) & Romantic Suite (Zagrosek) in Baden-Baden 1/11/16 Summer Nights #5 +5CDs Vivaldi by Onofri & Antonini, Harnoncourt, Hogwood, Petri, Kermes & Marcon 1/8/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Alice Ader's recording of Préludes 1 & Jeux (2002) (previously posted in Feb. 2012) 1/7/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Puccini's Turandot in Molinari-Pradelli's 1965 recording in Rome 1/7/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Puccini's Fanciulla del West in Lorin Maazel's 1991 recording in Milan 1/6/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Préludes by Pascal Rogé (2004 recording) 1/5/16 Debussy #4 +1CD set The Piano Music in Daniel Ericourt's rare recording (1962) (a rip by DanseDePuck) 1/5/16 Debussy #5 +1CD set Préludes, Images and Estampes by Claudio Arrau (1981) (a rip by OdeonMusico) 1/5/16 Opera Favourites #2 +2CD sets Puccini: Maazel's Manon Lescaut (1992) & Chailly's La Bohème (1992) 1/5/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Maazel's Mussorgsky: Pictures and Night in Cleveland for Telarc (1978) 1/3/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Donald Runnicles in Atlanta (2003) 1/2/16 Strauss Oktoberfest #3 +1CD Vier letzte and Lieder Selection with Soile Isokoski & Marek Janowski (2002) 1/2/16 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD set Der Rosenkavalier by Andrew Davis (1995) 12/31/15 Orlando di Lasso: +1CD Moduli Quinis Vocibus, Herreweghe, with extra links (bzzz) 12/29/15 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD Puccini's Suor Angelica by Bartoletti in Rome (1973) (a rip by Juan) 12/23/15 Hindemith +1CD performs his Piano Duet Sonata, 3rd Violin Sonata, Der Schwanendreher (a rip by bzzz) 12/22/15 Debussy #5 +1CD the Préludes by Philippe Bianconi (2012) 12/22/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's Cello Concerto & Enigma Vars. by J. Lloyd Webber & Menuhin (1985) 12/22/15 Ein Bach... +1CD Cantatas BWV 140 & 147 with John E. Gardiner (1990) 12/16/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Walton's 2nd Sym., Hindemith Variations and Partita (G. Szell 1959) (a rip by Sasha) 12/16/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Carols from Trinity College, Cambridge, conducted by Richard Marlow (1988) 12/16/15 English Baroque Music: New links 12/14/15 Mahler 2 +1CD V. Neumann's recording for Supraphon Fidelio in 1980 12/14/15 Liszt +1CD Gyula Kiss' recording of the 2 Piano Concertos and Totentanz (1976) 12/13/15 O Tuneful Voice (Bronze Series) Added new link with tracks Nos.20-22 repaired using CueTools. 12/13/15 American Classics +1CD Rozsa, Gould and Menotti Orchestral Music by David Amos and the LSO (1990) 12/13/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD 2nd Concerto by Cécile Ousset & Simon Rattle (+Grieg's Concerto with Marriner) 12/9/15 Debussy #5 +4CDs Préludes Book 1 (or both) by S.D. Lasry, M. Pollini, O. Maisenberg, Y. Egorov. 12/9/15 Debussy #5 +2CDs Selected Works by M. Lympany and R. O'Hora 12/9/15 Musique Française #1 +1HQ DDL Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir with Robert Shaw (1994) 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1HQ DDL Villa-Lobos' Etudes and Preludes for Guitar with Alvaro Pierri 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1HQ DDL S. Isbin with the NYP and J. Serebrier for Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos and Ponce 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1CD Falla's Popular Songs by Ann Murray + Ginastera's Estancia (Harth-Bedoya cond.) 12/7/15 Summer Nights #10 +4CDs Holst's The Planets by Yoel Levi, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, André Previn. 12/7/15 Debussy #6 +1LP String Quartet (+ Ravel's) by the Quatuor Parrenin on EMI (1970) 12/7/15 Summer Nights #5 +2CDs Handel's Organ Concertos (A. Frigé) and Selected Secular Cantatas (J. Baird) 12/7/15 Composer Alexandre Guilmant: new links 12/5/15 Debussy #4 +1CD box The Piano Music (including a MUST-HAVE recording of the Etudes) by Albert Ferber 12/5/15 Debussy #4 +4CDs The Etudes recordings by Jean-Pierre Armengaud, Monique Haas, Roland Krüger, Ju-Ying Song 12/5/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD box Edo de Waart's 1976 Der Rosenkavalier in Rotterdam 12/4/15 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Grainger by Gardiner, Howell's Hymnus paradisi, Elgar by du Pré & Barenboim 12/4/15 Summer Nights #4 +6CDs Beethoven by Rostropovich/Richter, Serkin/Ozawa, Buchbinder, Gieseking, Maazel 12/3/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #4 +1LP Schoenberg's Erwartung by Susan Davenny-Wyner (+ Wolpe's Symphony) 12/2/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Alexander Ardakov's recording of selected Piano works by Glinka, Scriabin, Chopin 12/1/15 Opera Favourites #1 +2CDs Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel recorded by Donald Runnicles in Munich (1994) 12/1/15 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Gaspard and Tombeau in Charles Rosen 1959 recording for Epic 12/1/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Charles Rosen recording of Boulez 1st Sonata and excerpts from 3rd Sonata (1972) 11/27/15 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Brahms' Deutsches Requiem/Levine (a rip by Juan) + Selected Lieder from original LP 11/24/15 Musique Française #2 +1LP Ravel' for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet with Maria Tipo & Alessandro Specchi (1979) 11/24/15 Prokofiev #2 +1LP Tedd Joselson's rare recording of Sonatas Nos. 2 & 8 (RCA, 1976) 11/23/15 The Odd Couple +3CDs Mozart's Violin Concertos (Kavakos & Camerata S.) + "Gran Partita" by I Fiati di Parma 11/23/15 The Odd Couple +2CDs Mozart's K. 467& 595 (R. Serkin/Abbado) + 488 & 537 (F. Gulda/Harnoncourt) 11/20/15 Summer Nights #6 +1CD Rameau's Grands motets in Hervé Niquet's 1992 recording 11/18/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1LP the rare 1970 J. von Vintschger recording for Turnabout Vox 11/18/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky for Piano Duet with Moneta & Rota Piano Duo (1990) 11/18/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Debussy & Ravel's Music for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet by Collard & Béroff (1982) 11/18/15 Debussy #6 +2CDs Debussy & Ravel's chamber works and Songs with chamber ensemble by the Nash Ens. 11/18/15 Debussy #3 +8CDs Orchestral works with Boulez, Lombard, Salonen, Volkov, Krivine, Rattle, F. de Burgos 11/17/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Couperin's Livre de Clavecin (6th, 8th, 18th Ordres) by Angela Hewitt (2002) 11/17/15 Ein Bach... +3CDs Tureck in St. Petersburg + Anderszewski Partitas 1,3,6 + Baroque music for Oboe and Organ 11/15/15 Summer Nights #7 +2CDs Brahms' Piano Concertos by M. Tirimo and the LPO (K. Sanderling & Y. Levi) 11/15/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #2 +1CD Zarathustra (Skrowaczewski) + Symphonia Domestica (Seaman) (NYO of GB) 11/12/15 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Brahms's Serenades in Haitink's classic Philips recording (1981) 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Gatti's 2011 recording with the ONF: Sacre and Petrushka 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Chamber Orchestra Works by the Endymion Ensemble under J. Whitfield (1987). Rare. 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Boulez's 1975 classic Firebird recording with the New York Philharmonic 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +2CD Sacre, Firebird, Petrushka & Pulcinella by Yakov Kreizberg and the Monte-Carlo Philh. 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Rattle and the National Youth Orchestra of GB (Sacre) + Dorati and the RPO (Firebird) 11/11/15 Prokofiev #2 +1CD Peter & the Wolf by M. Harth-Bedoya in Fort Worth + Saint-Saens' Carnaval des animaux 11/10/15 Locatelli - Complete Flute Sonatas: New links 11/10/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Dvorak's Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky's Rococo with Rostropovich & Karajan 11/10/15 Mahler Lieder +1CD Y. Minton and P. Boulez for Rückert Lieder + Wagner's Wesendonck (1979) 11/10/15 Hindemith +1CD Quartet with Clarinet and Piano with E.Brunner etc. (1999) (a rip by bzzz) 11/10/15 Summer Nights #7 +2LPs Brahms' Ballades Op. 10 by E. Gilels and by W. Kempff 11/9/15 Schumann +1LP Mehta's recording of the 3rd Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic (Decca 1983) 11/9/15 Summer Nights #8 +1LP Mehta's Brahms's 1st Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic (a transfer by Enrico B) 11/9/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Leon McCawley's recording of the 3rd Concerto with Charles Groves conducting (1990) 11/9/15 Intense Bruckner +1CD Muti's 4th with the Berlin Philharmonic (1985) 11/9/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #1 +1 Bonus: Schoenberg's Phantasy Op. 47 by Irvine Arditti & Noriko Kawai 11/8/15 Poulenc +1LP & 1CD L'Histoire de Babar, with R. Gérôme & J. Février and with J. Moreau & J-M. Luisada 11/8/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 + 1LP Schoenberg's Chamber Works by de Leeuw (1986) 11/7/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1Double LP: Schoenberg's Complete Chamber Choir Works by de Leeuw 11/6/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #6 +1CD Dorow & de Leeuw: Webern's complete Soprano and Chamber Orchestra 11/6/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #6 +1LP Dorow & de Leeuw for Webern, Dallapiccola, Schoenberg & Stravinsky 11/4/15 Sgorby Rips #1 +1CD Sammartini's Quintetti e Quartetti by Ensemble Aglàia (2007) (a rip by Davide) 10/29/15 Dutch Organists #Part2: New links 10/27/15 Essential American Classics +1LP Wolpe, Lieberson, Stravinsky: piano works Peter Serkin (1985) 10/27/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1LP Serenade Op. 24, Boulez's classic recording of 1963 for Wergo. 10/27/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1CD Paul Jacobs' legendary Nonesuch recording (1975) (a rip by BZ) 10/27/15 Mendelssohn Chamber Music: New links 10/25/15 Mendelssohn New links 10/24/15 Hindemith +1CD 4 Violin Sonatas with Oleg Kagan & Sviatoslav Richter (1978) (a rip by bzzz) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Domenico Nordio & Giorgia Tomassi (Beethoven & Pärt) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Geza Hosszu-Legocki & Giorgia Tomassi (Franck & Beethoven) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Giorgia Tomassi's unreleased recording of Chopin's Préludes (1997) 10/23/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Glemser's recording of 2nd and 3rd Concertos under Wit (1996) (a rip by Lupo2004) 10/22/15 Summer Nights #7 +1CD Brahms's Violin Sonatas by Cristopher White and Melanie Reinhard (1999) 10/21/15 Rare Grooves #1 +3LPs Böhm's Eroica; Argerich's Bach and Muti's Verdi (4 Pezzi Sacri) 10/21/15 Dutch Organists #1 New links 10/20/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Debussy Images, Faune and La mer by Paul Paray and the Detroit SO (1957) 10/19/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Ciani & Gavazzeni for Mozart's K. 466 & K. 491 (1970/1973) 10/19/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Noriko Ogawa's recording of 2nd and 3rd Concertos in Malmö under Hughes (1997) 10/16/15 Darmstadt #5 +3LPs Xenakis's Choral and Orchestral works with Constant and Tabachnik (a rip by Sotise) 10/16/15 Darmstadt #5 +1LP Rare album with Levinas's Orchestral Works ripped by friend Sotise (Adès MFA 1985) 10/15/15 American Classics +1CD Bernstein's Dybbuk (Complete Ballet), first recording (1974) 10/15/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade by John Mauceri and the LSO (1987) 10/1/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1DDL: Tomassi with Accardo for Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' & 'Spring' (2004) 10/1/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School + 1 Bonus: Dino Ciani plays Brahms's 1st Piano Concerto (Turin, 1969) 10/1/15 Messiaen +1LP: Paul Jacobs' rare recording of the Quatre études de rythme + Busoni, Stravinsky, Bartók (1976) 9/29/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +2CD sets: Der Rosenkavalier. Karajan's (1956) and Bernstein's (1971) recordings 9/29/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD set: Die ägyptische Helena conducted by Gérard Korsten in Cagliari (2001) 9/27/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter etc. with Ernest Ansermet (1958) (a rip by Enrico B) 9/26/15 Mahler 3 +1CD set: V. Neumann's great Prague early digital recording for Supraphon (1981) 9/26/15 Mahler Lieder +1CD Christianne Stotijn's Rückert and Selected Lieder + Brahms Alto Rhapsody (2006) 9/25/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +1CD Berg's Kammerkonzert by the Baton Rouge Chamber Players 9/25/15 Messiaen +1CD Cinq rechant by the BBC Singers/S. Cleobury (+ Choral works by Villette, Poulenc, Caplet) 9/25/15 In the Name of Music +1CD Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony ('Lobgesang') by Richard Hickox (2002) 9/24/15 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde +1CD, Donald Runnicles (2008) 9/24/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #2 +2CDs The Piano Music by Stefan Vladar & The Piano Trios by Odeon Trio 9/24/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #3 +2CDs Alpensinfonie: Masur & ONF (2007) and M. Jansons & BBC Welsh (1991) 9/22/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +2CDs Roland Pöntinen's & Madalena Soveral's fabulous complete recordings 9/22/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1CD, Claude Helffer's classic recording for HM (1969) (a rip by John F) 9/22/15 Schoenberg Operas +1CD set, Georg Solti's reference recording of Moses und Aron in Chicago 1985 for Decca 9/21/15 Messiaen +1CD, Cinq Rechants + Stockhausen's Choruses for Doris and Xenakis choral works (Chandos, 1998)9/21/15 Messiaen +1DDL, Fête Des Belles Eaux by the Sextet of Ondes Martenot of Montréal (ATMA 2008) 9/18/15 Summer Nights #1 +1 Bonus: Martinu, Krasa and Schulhoff conducted by Christopher Hogwood (Milan, 2003) 9/18/15 Hindemith +1Bonus: Hindemith in Italy, conducting his music plus Brahms's, Webern's and Blacher's at RAI 9/18/15 Hindemith +1CD Violist A. Tamestit & P. Järvi beautiful CD (also including pianist M. Hadulla) (2012) 9/18/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD set, Lloyd Webber's rock opera masterpiece Jesus Christ Superstar (London cast 1996) 9/18/15 Weill +1CD Dessau's Symphony No. 2, In memoriam Brecht, Les voix etc. by Roger Epple on Capriccio (2009) 9/18/15 Rare Grooves +1LP Liszt & Wagner Preludes with Mehta & the WP (1967) (a stunning LP transfer by Enrico B) 9/17/15 Prokofiev #2 +1CD Boris Giltburg's recording of the War Sonatas (6th, 7th and 8th) (2012) 9/16/15 Poulenc +1CD Chamber Music with Woodwinds and Piano Duet Sonata by the Ensemble Petra (1999) 9/16/15 Darmstadt #2 +1CD Carter's Sonata (+ Bartók's and Dutilleux's) by Claire-Marie Le Guay on Accord (2000) 9/15/15 Darmstadt #2 +2CDs Including a new rip of Maderna's Oboe Concertos by Holliger & Bertini (1993) 9/14/15 Darmstadt #2 +2 Bonus: Donatoni's Le ruisseau (Brunello); Maderna Grande Aulodia + Nono's A Carlo Scarpa 9/14/15 American Classics +2CDs Herrmann & Diamond Chamber M. + Donald Fagen's milestone album The Nightfly 9/14/15 Schumann +1CD: Fischer-Dieskau's reference recording of Dichterliebe, Myrten and Liederk. Op. 39 (1979) 9/14/15 American Classics +1CD: Ives's "Concord" Sonata by Aimard and Songs by Graham on Warner (2004) 9/14/15 Darmstadt #2 +1CD Maderna's 3 Oboe Concertos by Fabian Menzel and Michael Stern on Col Legno (1996) 9/13/15 Darmstadt #4 +1CD Carter's one act opera "What Next?" in Péter Eötvös's première recording for ECM 9/11/15 Debussy #1 +1CD Thierry Fischer's recording of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (BBC MM, 2011) 9/11/15 Debussy #5 +2CDs Benedetti Michelangeli's historic recordings of the Préludes for DG (1978 & 1988) 9/11/15 Debussy #4 +1CD Charles Rosen's reference (and first ever) recording of the Etudes (1955) 9/11/15 Summer Nights #12 +1LP Grumiaux and Haitink for Bruch 1st Violin Concerto (a transfer by Enrico B) 8/4/15 Schubert on Modern Instruments: new links for Oktett in D, by Cherubini Quartett 8/4/15 Schubert on Modern Instruments: new links for Richard Goode 8/3/15 Rare Grooves#1 +6 LPs mostly Enrico B's outstanding transfers of great out-of-print material 8/2/15 Intense Bruckner +9CDs with classic recordings by Solti, Chailly, Abbado, Wand, Karajan, Harnoncourt 7/25/15 Buxtehude & Pachelbel Organ Works - New links 7/18/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Pollini's classic DGG recording of Boulez's 2nd Piano Sonata (1978) 7/17/15 American Classics +1CD (NEW RIP) Lieberson's Neruda Songs with Hunt Lieberson & Levine (BSO) 7/16/15 Tristan und Isolde +1CD box, Georg Solti's classic recording (1960) (a rip by Cecco) 7/16/15 Selig im Glauben (Parsifal) +1CD box, Georg Solti's classic recording (1972) (a rip by Cecco) 7/15/15 Strauss Operas #1 +1CD box, Leinsdorf recording with Caballé, Milnes and the LSO (1968) (a rip by Cecco) 7/14/15 Die Meistersinger +2CD box, Solti 1975 Vienna (a rip by Cecco) and Kempe 1957 Berlin (a rip by A. Zaccaria) 7/13/15 Tristan und Isolde +1CD box, Fritz Reiner's historical London recording (1936) (a rip by Andrea Zaccaria) 7/2/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +2DT Berg's Violin Concerto by Carmignola/Inbal & Kavakos/Harding 7/2/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +1CD Berg's Violin Concerto's & Kammerkonzert, I. Stern (Bernstein/Abbado) 6/30/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Boulez's Piano Sonatas and 12 Notations by Pi-Hsien Chen (2004) 6/30/15 Summer Nights #7 +1DT: J. du Pré with R. Goode and T. Schippers, Brahms & Mendelssohn (live in Spoleto) 6/30/15 Bartok #4 +1CD Violin Concertos by Midori & Mehta (1990) previously only on LP rip (courtesy of Cecco) 6/30/15 Bartok #5 +1CD Concerto for Orchestra & 4 Pieces by Leon Botstein and the London Philharmonic (2000) 6/29/15 Summer Nights #9 +2CDs (incomplete) Franck Symphonie with the Berlin Philh. (Mehta 1995 & Giulini 1986) 6/16/15 German Baroque New link: Fischer Musica Sacra 6/6/15 Bruckner +1CD Ozawa's 7th with the Saito Kinen Orchestra (2004) (Courtesy of Cecco) 5/27/15 Summer Nights #8 +2CD Mehta and the IPO, Brahms' 1st Symphony and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K.364 5/27/15 Musique Française #2 +1CD Milhaud Piano Concertos + Carnaval d'Aix by C. Helffer and D. Robertson (1992) 5/27/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD 3rd Concerto by Jorge Luis Prats and Enrique Bátiz (1989) 5/27/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Howell's Music for String & Orchestra, by Richard Hickox (1992) 5/27/15 Wintery Romantics +1LP Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto by Magaloff and C. Davis (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/22/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #9 +1CD Chamber Concerto by J-F. Heisser (a rip by Ranapipiens) 5/19/15 Hindemith +1CD Trumpet Sonata by Ole E. Antonsen & Wolfgang Sawallisch (EMI, 1996) 5/19/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD "Romeo & Juliet" excerpts with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1987) 5/19/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Wagner Opera Scenes with W. Meier and L. Maazel (1997) 5/19/15 Strauss #1 +1CD Horn Concertos with B. Tuckwell & V.Ashkenazy and the RPO on Decca (1990) 5/19/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky, Dukas, Enescu, Mussorgsky showpieces, E. Mata & the Dallas SO (1988) 5/14/15 Schumann +1CD Piano Concerto by R. Serkin/Ormandy 1965, and same from an outstanding LP rip by Enrico B. 5/14/15 Strauss #3 +1CD Zarathustra and Don Juan with Alan Gilbert and the NYP 5/14/15 Musique Française #1 +2CDs completing Eschenbach's Roussel Symphony cycle in Paris on Ondine 5/5/15 Strauss #2 +2CDs A Cappella Choral Works (Danish Radio Choir 1993) & Alpensinfonie by Michalakis (2000) 5/5/15 Contrappunti italiani +1CD Busoni's Piano Concerto with Peter Donohoe & Mark Elder (1988 on EMI) 5/5/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #1 +1CD Verklärte Nacht + Metamorphosen & Siegfried-Idyll by Levine (1991) 5/5/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Images I, II & Oubliées + Estampes & Berceuse Heroique by Fou Ts'Ong (1990) 5/5/15 Schumann +1CD String Quartets Op. 41 with the Eroica Quartet (2001) (a rip by Der Wanderer) 5/4/15 Webern +1LP Chamber Music with P.Serkin and the Tashi Ensemble (1983), + Takemitsu's Piano Works 5/4/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP: Vivaldi Concertos with Ayo and I Musici (1968) (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/4/15 Prokofiev +1LP Violin Concerto No. 2 (+ Sibelius'): Szeryng & Rozhdestvensky 1965 (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/4/15 Bruckner +1DVD: Sinopoli's 4th with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Tokyo 1988 (NHK Classical DVD) 4/29/15 Telemann +1CD Collegium Musicum '90 - Hickox - Donner Ode 4/17/15 Haydn - Complete Baryton Trios - Esterhazy Ensemble Added working link for dsic 16 and cover image for disc 13 4/17/15 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Elgar Symphonies (C. Davis 2001), 3rd (P. Daniel) & Serenade (Orpheus CO) 4/16/15 Baroque Music in the Netherlands: New links (Koopman, Huggett, Hazelzet, Mathot, vdMeer) 4/16/15 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Mozart's Divertimenti and Serenata notturna with I Musici (a rip by Enrico B.) 4/16/15 Willem de Fesch: New links 4/15/15 Stravinsky #2: +1LP Symphony in C, Symphonies for Wind, 4 Etudes, Suites (Ansermet. A rip by Enrico B.) 4/15/15 Schubert New links Paul Badura-Skoda, playing Sonata D960 & Klavierstücke 4/15/15 Summer Nights #10 +2CDs Walton's Belshazzar's Feast (Terfel & Litton) and the Symphonies (Ashkenazy) 4/15/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Holst's The Planets (Y. P. Tortelier in Manchester) 4/13/15 Sibelius +1CD The NZSO & Inkinen: Scènes historiques and King Christian Suite 4/11/15 Entartete Lieder +1CD Dagmar Krause - Supply & Demand 4/11/15 Schubert: +1CD Quintet in C, by the Arcanto Quartett 4/9/15 Liszt +1CD Symphonic Poems (including Les Préludes) with Zubin Mehta and the Berlin Philh. (1994) 4/9/15 American Classics: 1CD Gershwin Porgy & Bess highlights, American in Paris, Cuban Ov. by Mehta & the NYP 4/9/15 Summer Nights #2: +1CD: Rezniček and Korngold's 1st String Quartets by the F. Schubert Quartett of Vienna 4/9/15 Schubert Essentials #1: +2CDs Works for Piano Duet by Anne Queffélec & Imogen Cooper (Erato, 1978) 4/9/15 Debussy #4: +4CDs The Complete Piano Music by Paul Crossley with one of the finest accounts of the Etudes 4/8/15 Musique Française #1: +1LP Frank Martin's Der Cornet (Rilke), Lipovšek & Zagrosek (1984) 4/8/15 Rare Grooves +1LP Grofé's Grand Canyon and Alfvén's Swedish Rhapsody by Ormandy in Philly (CBS, 1958) 4/8/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Vivaldi, Capuzzi & Paisiello: Concertos with I Musici (Philips 1964. A rip by Enrico B.) 4/7/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP: Goldmark's Rustic Wedding Symphony by Jesús López-Cobos (1981) 4/7/15 Rare Grooves #2 +2 LPs: Mendelssohn 3rd (A. Davis), Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht & Suite in G (Scimone) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #3: +1CD Mendelssohn's 3rd ("Scottish") Symphony + Beethoven's 1st by Osmo Vänskä 4/7/15 Summer Nights #4: +1CD Mozart's 'Jeunhomme' Piano Concerto with McCawley and Leaper (1996) 4/7/15 Wintery Romantics: +1CD Silvestrov's 5th Symphony and Postludium with Lubimov and Roberston (Sony, 1995) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #1: +1CD Glière's 'Ilya Muromets' Symphony by Edward Downes in Manchester (1991) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #1: +1CD Borodin's 3 Symphonies by José Serebrier in Rome (1989) 4/7/15 Second Viennese School Essentials #7: +2CDs Schoenberg's Moses und Aron by Sylvain Cambreling (2012) 4/7/15 Wintery Romantics: +1CD Tchaikovsky Suites (Nutcracker & Swan Lake), Mehta & the Israel Philh. (Decca, 1979) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #7: +1CD Brahms Hungarian Dances, 5 Studies and 2 Rhapsodies by Louis D. Alvanis (1994) 4/7/15 Ein Bach...: +1LP: Daniel Varsano's recording of the Goldberg Variations (CBS, 1980) 4/7/15 Debussy #2 +1LP: Mélodies (including Baudelaire & Mallarmé sets) by Hugues Cuenod (1979) 4/7/15 Musique Française #2 +2CDs Wagschal for Fauré's Nocturnes (2009) + Satie by Ciccolini (and Tacchino) (1986) 4/7/15 Easter Passion Music: New links 3/22/15 German Baroque chamber Music New links in the comments 3/21/15 London Baroque - Trio Sonatas: new links in the comments 3/21/15 Vivaldi - Musica ad Rhenum : new link in the comments 3/19/15 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Bernstein's 5th (NYP, Tokyo 1979) & Cello Concerto with Ma & Ormandy in Philly 1982 3/19/15 Mahler 1 +1CD Solti's recording with the LSO (Decca, 1964), a new rip by Sgorby 3/19/15 Darmstadt #3: +1CD rip by Sgorby of already posted Ligeti by Cerha (Wergo) 1971 (previously on LP rip) 3/16/15 Debussy #4 The Complete Solo Piano Music by Aldo Ciccolini on EMI (1991) (a rip by Sgorby) 3/16/15 Strauss #3 +2CDs 4 last Songs Schwarzkopf & Szell (1966) and Harper & Del Mar (1981) 3/15/15 Strauss #3 +1CD Ein Heldenleben by Haitink and the CSO (2009) 3/15/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD The Firebird (complete) & Chant du rossignol by Kitajenko and the Danish Radio SO 1991 3/14/15 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Respighi's Belfagor, Belkis and Church Windows (Ashkenazy, Netherlands Radio Philh.)  3/14/15 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Hypothetically Murdered Suite + Pushkin Romances (Kharitonov & Elder) 1992 3/14/15 Shostakovich #2 +1CD 1st Violin Concerto (+ Glazunov Violin C.to) with Perlman & Mehta on EMI 1988 3/12/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Li & Ozawa's for the 2nd Piano Concerto (+ Ravel's G Major Concerto) (DGG, 2007) 3/12/15 Mahler 8 +2CDs Leif Segerstam's recording in Copenhagen for Chandos (1994) + 10th Adagio 3/12/15 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Andrew Davis recording of Brahms's 4th + the Zigeunerlieder (BBC 1996) 3/12/15 Musique Française #1 +3CDs: Boulanger's Faust et Hélène; Franck by Firkušný & Flor; Debussy & Takemitsu 3/12/15 Debussy #4 +1CD Livia Rev's recording of the Etudes (+ Suite Bergamasque, D'un cahier, Berceuse) (Saga 1980) 3/5/15 Mahler 5 +2CDs Frank Shipway and the RPO (1996) (Symphony + No. 1 by Yuri Simonov) 3/5/15 Spanish School #3 +2CDs Ginastera by Santiago Rodriguez (1984) & Mompou by Ester Pineda (1992) 3/4/15 Bartok #4 +1LP 2nd Piano Concerto and 4 Pieces for Orchestra, Weissenberg and Ormandy (1970) 3/3/15 Musique Française #2 +1CD Debussy for Piano Duet & 2 Pianos by Pascal & Ami Rogé (2011) 3/3/15 Gershwin +1CD Rhapsody in Blue (Daniel Adni in Bournemouth), Addinsell's Warsaw C.to & Rózsa's Spellbound 3/3/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Nielsen's 2nd Symphony (A. Davis) and Sibelius's 5th (Bamert) with the BBC SO 3/3/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Salonen and the Berlin Philharmonic: Romeo & Juliet (Excerpts) (CBS 1986) 3/1/15 Spanish School #3 +2CDs Albeniz & Granados selection by J.M. Pinzolas + "My Piazzolla" by Cecilia Pillado 3/1/15 Debussy #1 +1CD Jeux (Eötvös), Prélude (Robertson), Satie's Parade (Porcelijn), Roussel's BeA's 2nd Suite (Weller) 2/28/15 Debussy #4 +3CDs: Anne Queffélec's 12 Etudes, Ravel's Concertos & Miroirs, Fauré's Violin Sonatas (with P. Amoyal) 2/28/15 American Classics +2CDs: Copland The Populist by Tilson Thomas & MacDowell Symphonic Poems by Krueger 2/28/15 Debussy #2 +1CD Claudette Leblanc's album of Mélodies (with Valerie Tryon) (1989) 2/28/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Mackerras' recording of Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (with the RPO, 1994) 2/28/15 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Mackerras' recording of Beethoven 9th for EMI (Liverpool 1991) 2/27/15 Des Horizons #2 +1LP Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis & Satie's Socrate cond. by Friedrich Cerha (1969) 2/27/15 Des Horizons #2 +1CD Debussy and Ravel Music for 2 Pianos, by Pascal & Ami Rogé 2/27/15 Debussy #4 (Etudes) +1DDL: Nelson Goerner's recording of Etudes Livre II, plus Images Livre I & Estampes 2/27/15 Des Horizons #1 +1LP, Munch's last recordings in Paris, Ravel Concerto in G (w. Henriot-Schweitzer) & Honegger 2/26/15 Wintery Romantics +1LP: Maazel early recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in Vienna for Decca (1965) 2/26/15 Des Horizons #1 +1CD Canteloube's complete Chants d'Auvergne by von Stade and De Almeida (CBS 1985) 2/26/15 Strauss Operas #2 +1CD set: Die Frau ohne Schatten, the complete Sawallisch recording for EMI (1987) 2/22/15 Des horizons de la musique française #2 +1CD Chabrier's Piano Music by Hewitt (2004) (a rip by Alan) 2/22/15 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD 2nd Symphony by Farberman & the RPO (1978) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/22/15 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Respighi Antiche Danze e Arie per Liuto by Ozawa (DGG 1979) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/22/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker by Gergiev (Philips 1998) (a rip by Alan) 2/21/15 Wintery Romantics +6CDs Tchaikovsky Complete Symphonies: Temirkanov and the RPO (BMG) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/21/15 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (Complete) with Sawallisch (EMI 1994) 2/13/15 The World of Debussy #5 +1LP Rip, Teddy Teirup plays "La boîte a joujoux" (+ Ravel's Sonatine) 2/10/15 Bohemian Composers of the 17th Century New links added 2/7/15 Music from the Renaissance #2 New links added 2/3/15 Shostakovich #2 +1CD Cello Concerto No. 1 by Amit Peled 2/3/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Cello works by H. Eccles, Couperin, Fauré & Ligeti (Amit Peled with Eliza Ching) 2/3/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's Cello Concerto by Amit Peled 2/02/15 Keyboard Music on Harpsichord New links completed 1/30/15 Brahms's Concertos +1CD Violin Concerto & Sonata No. 2 by Vengerov & Barenboim (1998) 1/30/15 Second Viennese School Essentials #4 +1CD Karl Weigl's String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 by the Artis Quartett Wien 1/30/15 Schoenberg: Piano Music +1CD Pi-Hsien Chen's reference recording of the complete set (1996) 1/30/15 Des Horizons #1 +1CD d'Indy's Symphonie sur un chant montagnard with Marek Janowski 1/30/15 American Classics +2CDs Thomas Hampson's Songs by Ives, Griffes, MacDowell & Glass Syms 2 & 3 by M. Alsop 1/30/15 Brahms Piano & Chamber Music Gems +1CD Andrea Bonatta's recording of 8 Klavierstücke, Paganini, Rhapsodies 1/29/15 Keyboard Music on harpsichord Added new links 1/28/15 HIF Biber and comtemporaries Added new links 1/12/15 Wintery Romantics +9CDs & 1DDL: Tchaikovsky's Ballets and Symphonies - Courtesy of Sasha 1/7/15 De l'Hoyer- Music for Two Guitars + Added new links 1/1/15 Just: Piano Trios Op. 2 & Op. 13 +1CD: Just Op. 2; Added new links for Op 13 2014 12/19/14 Mozart in Mannheim: Sacred Music by Holzbauer & Mozart Added new links  12/19/14 Schubert - Works for Fortepiano - Jan Vermeulen Added new links (BZ's Rip) 12/5/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Scriabin Symphony No. 3 & Poème de l'extase (Sinopoli, NYP 1989)  12/5/14 Summer Nights #9 +5CDs: Mendelssohn Piano Concertos (and 2 Pianos + Bruch), Symphonies 3 & 4, Quartet No. 5 12/2/14 L'Armonica- Music for Glass Harmonica  Added new links 11/26/14 Summer Nights #5 +1CD: Tilson Thomas (and Fleming) for Villa-Lobos (RCA, 1996) 11/26/14 Italian Flute Concertos  Added new download links. 11/26/14 Summer Nights #6 +4CDs: Muti for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Rota's Film Music; Herreweghe for Rameau's Les Indes galantes and Rossini's Stabat Mater in Giulini's 1982 recording on DGG 11/26/14 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Paganini's 1st Violin Concerto by Chang and Sawallisch in Philadelphia (1994) 11/26/14 Summer Nights #4 +3CDs Beethoven's Late String Quartets by the Takács Quartet (2003) 11/22/14 Christopher Hogwood & The Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart Concertos (Clarinet, Oboe, Flute & Harp, Bassoon)  New rip and download links 11/21/14 American Classics +7CDs: Nagano's Bernstein Mass, Barber and Ives Songs sets (Studer/Hampson; DeGaetani) 11/21/14 American Classics +5CDs for the great Jazz avant-garde of the late 50s: Tatum, Davis, Evans, Monk, Brubeck  11/21/14 American Classics +6 LPs Bernstein & Copland originals + Bolcom's 3 Ghost Rags' signature rec. by Paul Jacobs 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Cello Sonata (+ Strauss' Cello Sonata) with Frédéric Lodéon and Daria Hovora 1975 on RCA 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Cinderella Suite, Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony 1985 on RCA 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Romeo & Juliet Suites, Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia 1981 on EMI 11/18/14 Strauss Great Operas #2: +2CDs Daphne (Fleming, Botha, Larsson, Schade, K. Youn, WDR, Bychkov on Decca) 11/18/14 Strauss Great Operas #1: +2CDs Elektra (Polaski, Schwanewilms, Palmer, Grundheber, WDR, Bychkov on Profil) 11/11/14 Bach: St John's Passion (arr. Robert Schumann)  Added new download links. 11/11/14 Druschetzky: Quartetto, Serenata, Quintetto  Added new download link. 11/11/14 Music by: Bruni, Cambini, Ferrer & Terzetti  Added new download links. 11/05/14 18th Century Women Composers: Music for the Solo Harpsichord, Vol. 1  Added new download link. 11/05/14 18th Century Women Composers: Music for the Solo Harpsichord, Vol. 2  Added new download link. 10/29/14 American Classics +1HQDDL Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur (Josefowicz/Adams) + Kraft's Timpani Concerto 10/27/14 Prokofiev #2 +2CDs 'October Cantata' (Elder '96) and 2nd Violin Sonata + Webern + Respighi (Mutter/Orkis '00)  10/18/14 Carl Friedrich Abel: Ouvertures & Sinfonias Added new links 10/15/14 Gershwin +1CD Weissenberg and Ozawa: Rhapsody in Blue, 'I Got Rhythm' Variations (1983) 10/15/14 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's 1st Symphony + P&C Marches 1,3,4 by Andrew Davis and BBC SO 10/15/14 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Khachaturian's Piano Concerto & Prokofiev's 3rd: Dickran Atamian & Gerard Schwarz 10/15/14 Summer Nights #6 +1CD Honegger's 2nd Symphony + Strauss' Metamorphosen by Gerard Schwarz 10/15/14 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Enrique Bátiz 10/14/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony ('Lobgesang') by Andrew Litton (Thanks to Nzguy) 10/10/14 After Baroque: Music for the Natural Trumpet Added new links 9/29/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Brahms's 4 Serious Songs: Kurt Moll & Cord Garben 9/27/14 Summer Nights #9 +3CDs Brahms Requiem (G. Albrecht), Grieg/Sibelius Quartets (Emerson) & Sibelius Syms 3&7 9/27/14 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Elgar Violin Concerto (Hahn/C. Davis), Delius Partsongs, Terfel's "The Vagabond" 9/22/14 Weber: Operatic Works on Period Instruments Added link for Weber's Oberon & Abu Hassan 9/16/14 Gallay & Reicha: Trios & Quartet for Horn Added link for new rear inlay with side panels. 9/11/14 Jommelli: Armida abbandonata (1770) Added new links 9/11/14 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Handel Suites for Keyboard: Keith Jarrett (Piano) 9/11/14 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Concertos Nos. 1 & 2: Zimerman & Ozawa with the BSO 9/10/14 Poulenc Tribute +1CD Les Animaux modèles & Sinfonietta, Darlington and the Luxembourg Philh. 9/10/14 Summer Nights #8 +11 original CDs of Brahms Symphonies by C. Davis, Sawallisch, Giulini, Dohnanyi and Chailly 9/2/14 Mozart: The Nannerl's Notebook Added new links 9/2/14 Summer Nights #5 Berlioz Nuits d'Eté, Norman & C. Davis (1979) 9/1/14 Lessel: Fortepiano Concertos Added new links + Bonus Disc 9/1/14 La Chasse: Mozart, Vogler, Haydn, Endler Added new links 9/1/14 Alla Turca: Music by Mozart, Gluck & M. Haydn Added new links 8/11/14 String Quartets by Vanhal, Wranitzky & Jadin Added new links (Old links were missing tracks, cue, logs etc) 7/23/14 Handel: Tolomeo Added new links 7/20/14 Mozart: Piano Quartets Added new links 7/19/14 Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Paris version, 1841) Added new links 7/14/14 Webern Lieder with Piano (compl.): Barainsky, Doufexis, Hesse and Geçer (1994) 7/12/14 Mozart: Piano Concertos Hogwood/ Levin/ AAM New link for Concertos 1-4 7/4/14 Orfeo Ed Euridice: Kuijken-Bernius-Minkowski-Gardiner-Haenchen New link for Haenchen by Saoshya 7/3/14 Debussy #1 +1CD Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Daniele Gatti with Isabelle Huppert as récitant 7/2/14 Gluck Megapost (Happy 300th Birthday!) New links for Echo et Narcisse added courtesy of Saoshya 7/2/14 Beethoven: Quintet Arrangements (Symphonies-Overtures-Chamber Music) Added a new EAC rip of the Beethoven Symphony No.3 to replace the digital download. Includes full scans of booklet. Very rare! 7/1/14 Boccherini: Quintets opus 56 and opus 57 New links added courtesy of Saoshya 7/1/14 Strauss #3 +1CD Ein Heldenleben by Günther Herbig (1985) and Tod und Verklärung by John Pritchard (1980) 7/1/14 Des horizons #2 +1CD Ravel's Violin Sonatas, Pasquier and Engerer on Harmonia Mundi (1990) 7/1/14 Bartok #1 +1CD Mark Elder's Bluebeard's Castle with G. Howell and S. Burgess (1992) 6/29/14 Beethoven: Quintet Arrangements (Symphonies-Overtures-Chamber Music) Added new disc of Beethoven Quintet Arrangements Symphonies Nos.s 1 & 8, Piano Sonatas No. 8, Locrian Ensemble 6/26/14 Boccherini: Quintets opus 56 and opus 57 Added new DL links 6/26/14 Zelter: Goethe Lieder Volumes 1 & 2 Added new DL links for both discs 6/25/14 Debussy #2 +1CD Christiane Oelze's "Locas por Amor" album. 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The Well-Tempered Ear

May 29

Classical music: Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. So here are guides to this summer’s local, national and even international festivals of classical music

By Jacob Stockinger Get out your datebooks. Madison now has great classical music year-round, including in the summer, which long ago ceased being an artistic desert. LOCAL This summer’s offerings include: The 25th anniversary season, filled with new music but also tried-and-true treasured masterpieces, of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society that runs June 10-26: http://www.bachdancinganddynamite.org The 17th annual Madison Early Music Festival , which runs from July 10-16 and will focus on William Shakespeare in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death: https://artsinstitute.wisc.edu/memf/ The annual Madison Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan will stage “The Gondoliers ” for six performances July 29-Aug. 7: http://madisonsavoyards.org The second season of the Willy Street Chamber Players (below): http://www.willystreetchamberplayers.org The 27th annual Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, which runs Aug. 27-Sept 4 and this year features music celebrating water and the natural world. Programs include music by Johann Sebastian Bach , English Renaissance music of John Dowland, William Byrd and Henry Purcell and a Wisconsin premiere by composer and co-director John Harbison plus Franz Schubert ’s song cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin ” and his equally famous masterpiece, the “Trout” Piano Quintet: http://tokencreekfestival.org Plus there are a lot of smaller groups including the Madison Summer Choir and the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, both of which have received critical acclaim. And there is the Green Lake Festival. Some I might also include the six Concerts on the Square by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra , which this year features a hefty dose of classical fare. NATIONAL But if you don’t stay around town and hit the road instead, there is a lot that might interest you in the way of summer music festivals around the country. There are festivals of chamber music, orchestral music and opera. And The Ear has always wanted to attend the Bard Music Festival (below), which emphasizes the cultural context of the music, and the Mostly Mozart Festival . One of these years! (You can hear from co-artistic director and Bard College president Leon Botstein how the unique Bard Music Festival is run in a YouTube video at the bottom.) Here is a roundup by The New York Times, which put all kinds of genres together. Just scroll down until you hit the Classical Festivals section that was compiled and annotated by the Times’ trustworthy critic Vivien Schweitzer: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/19/arts/summer-festivals.html?_r=0 Here is a fairly comprehensive national guide from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Classical_music_festivals_in_the_United_States Here is a guide from two years ago, done by NPR or National Public Radio , that includes the Madison Early Music Festival and divides up the selection by regions of the country: http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2014/05/01/307968750/10-cant-miss-classical-music-festivals And for good measure, for those taking international vacations here is a guide to international music festivals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_festivals Happy hunting and choosing. Then happy and safe traveling. And finally Happy Listening. The Ear hopes you have a classic “classical” summer. Tagged: Arts , Bach , Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society , Bard College , Baroque , Byrd , Cello , Chamber music , choral music , Classical music , concerto , critic , Dowland , Early music , Europe , festival , Franz Schubert , Gilbert and Sullivan , international , Isthmus Vocal Ensemble , Jacob Stockinger , Johann Sebastian Bach , John Harbison , local , London , Madison , Madison Early Music Festival , Madison Summer Choir , Mostly Mozart , Music , national , National Public Radio , natural world , nature , New York Times , NPR , opera , Orchestra , Piano , Purcell , song , summer , Token Creek Chamber Music Festival , travel , Trout Quintet , University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , University of Wisconsin–Madison , US , Viola , Violin , vocal music , water , William Shakespeare , Willy Street Chamber Players , Wisconsin , Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , YouTube

Tribuna musical

May 29

The Rome Santa Cecilia Orchestra visits us for the first time

Italy has three main symphony orchestras. Two have come to BA in earlier seasons: Milan´s La Scala with Gavazzeni and later with Muti, and that of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Maazel. And now, to complete the trilogy, the Mozarteum Argentino brought us from Rome the Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano and with Beatrice Rana (piano). All made their local debuts. The three are of high quality and can compete internationally. La Scala´s has a special regime: during Autumn it is a concert orchestra, but come Winter they go to the pit for the operatic season. That of the MMF of course is the basis for the homonymous yearly Festival in which such great names as Bartoletti and Mehta have presented interesting opera programmes, but they also offer many concerts during the year and they are the pit orchestra for the Teatro Comunale´s opera season. The Santa Cecilia, instead, is a concert orchestra with weekly activity from October to June at the magnificent new Parco della Musica. Each concert is given three times. However, it has recently recorded "Aida" with a starry cast (Kaufmann/Harteros/Schrott) and "Madama Butterfly" with Gheorghiu. The Accademia also supports a Chorus, and so the choral-symphonic repertoire often appears during the season. It is the oldest Italian organism dedicated almost exclusively to concert music. It was founded in 1908 as Orchestra dell´Augusteo di Roma. Bernardino Molinari had a long tenure as Principal Conductor from 1912 to 1944. Later the Orchestra was called Santa Cecilia (she is the patroness of music) and had eminent Principal conductors: Fernando Previtali (1953-73), Igor Markevich (1973-5), Giuseppe Sinopoli (1983-7), Daniele Gatti (1992-7), Myung-Whun Chung (1997-2005) and now Pappano. To their appellation they later added Nazionale (I would have thought more adequate to add "di Roma"). The Academy was established by papal bull as "Congregazione" in 1585, and became Academy in the Nineteenth Century. Nowadays it also has a Conservatory, what they call a "Bibliomediateca" and a Museum of musical instruments. Vinyl lovers will recall that the orchestra, though a concert outfit, was employed in dozens of famous operatic recordings in the 1950s and 1960s. Anyway, I can vouchsafe that in concert the Santa Cecilia was first-rate even in the Fifties, when I heard in Rome a wonderful evening with Previtali and the greatest pianist in my experience, Wilhelm Backhaus, who played both Beethoven´s Concerto Nº4 and Brahms´ First in the same evening! (February 6, 1954). And now to Sir Antonio Pappano (why Antonio and not Anthony? He´s British!). Born 56 years ago, he studied in the United States, he was Musical Director of the Norwegian Opera at Oslo and at Brussels´ Théâtre de la Monnaie prior to taking over the main post at London´s Covent Garden in 2002. So he divides his time between opera and concerts. The programmes he brought over for the Mozarteum´s two cycles played safe, too safe. On the tour came Beatrice Rana, a 23-year-old Italian pianist who recorded Tchaikovsky´s First Concerto and Prokofiev´s Second with Pappano and the Santa Cecilia. If she had played Prokofiev on Tuesday 12 and Tchaikovsky on Wednesday 13, it would have been much better, but no, it was Tchaikovsky both days. Or if the Russian composer´s Fifth Symphony on the 12th would have been replaced by a symphony of, say, Shostakovich, there would have been a good balance. But no, we had both Tchaikovskys together on the first night, and one hopes to hear something more varied from a visiting orchestra, especially if it´s their first time here. But apart from that caveat, everything went swimmingly. The conductor was right in starting both evenings with Verdi: the Overture to "La Forza del destino" and the following day, the Sinfonia (another name for overture) to "Luisa Miller". The phrasing was unfailing, showing Pappano´s knack for dramatic music, and the Orchestra sounded admirable (as listed in the hand programme it is huge, 117 players, but surely fewer came). Rana is a find: a fantastic and effortless technique that combines a big sound without harshness and impeccable digitation at all speeds. Just one reservation: in the first movement she slowed down too much in certain passages, though generally she dazzled in the virtuosic passages. The accompaniment was very professional. Her encore on Wednesday was beautiful: a Schumann song from "Frauenliebe und Leben" as arranged admirably by Liszt. But on Tuesday her Gigue from Bach´s First Partita sounded like a perfectly executed cross-hands etude rather than a dance. The symphonies showed both Pappano´s mettle and the orchestra´s quality; except for some horn fluffs the playing was very firm, with attractive solos from the woodwinds and the strings and a warm, in tune, brilliant overall sound. The conductor was orthodox and gave sure readings of both the Tchaikovsky Fifth and that strange and fascinating symphony, Saint-Saëns´ Nº3. The final minutes of the latter were thrilling; organist Daniele Rossi played on the Colón electric organ placed on the avant-scène loge and it sounded good, though never replacing a true pipe organ (impossible at the Colón). Encores: on Tuesday, "Nimrod" from Elgar´s Enigma Variations, and the last part of Rossini´s "Guillaume Tell". On Wednesday, a marvelous interpretation of Puccini´s Intermezzo from "Manon Lescaut" and a romping close with the galop-like ending to Ponchielli´s "Dance of the Hours" from "La Gioconda". For Buenos Aires Herald



La Scena Musicale

May 27

Lebrecht Weekly - Anonymous: Six concertos (CPO)

3/5 stars The best fun I’ve had all week is trying to identify the composers of six 18th century concertos that have turned up in the vaults of the Saxon State University library in Dresden. Five of the concertos are for flute, which suggest a possible Frederick the Great connection, the sixth is for cembalo. All are entertaining, accomplished, professional – top-drawer music for a courtly dinner party. But who wrote them? The obvious suspects are the Dresden concertmaster Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755) and the singer and composer Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759). Both turned out music of high quality and near-memorability but, from what I’ve heard, not quite as high as this. The Adagio of the opening concerto on this album bears such close resemblance to a Bach theme that if it’s not by Johann Sebastian himself it’s by someone who knew his style well enough to write a simulacrum. Maybe a son of Bach – there were plenty – or a student. Either way, you get the point: this is early-classical music that comes close to the best of its time. There are numerous hints of Vivaldi, whom all the Germans imitated, Bach most of all. And the longest finger of suspicion points to Telemann, who wrote screeds of music just like this which fell into disuse the moment he died. There is no immediate solution to this authorial mystery, though you’ll have as much fun as I did playing spot the composer. What does emerge is how easy it was in early-classical times to hit a high-average without ever crossing the threshold of genius. The performers here are Les Amis de Philippe, led from the cembalo by Ludger Rémy. —NL Sign on to the blogfeed Visit the website

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

May 27

Coro Allegro Premiere Shows No Fear

David Kato Kisule (file photo) Coro Allegro’s “We Are Here,” imagined and led by conductor David W. Hodgkins on Sunday afternoon at Church of the Covenant Boston, intertwined themes of racism and homophobia, while juxtaposing the ongoing struggle for LGBTI rights worldwide with the struggles against racism in America. The program was built around the world premiere of Aluta Continua: the Life and Passion of David Kato Kisule by the award-winning composer Eric Banks. Nestled in between came choral arrangements of African-American spirituals and gospel. In the opening set of four spirituals, starting with an arrangement of “Hold On!” by Jester Hairston, the energy of the ensemble demanded attention. Most sang from memory, which allowed their dynamic expression to reach the audience more easily. Coordination of ensemble was exquisite, with crisp diction and perfectly coordinated crescendos and decrescendos; in fact, the dynamic range of the group sounded remarkable. Fortissimos proved exciting but never overblown, and pianissimos, notabley for a group of this size, remained always in tune. Celebrated countertenor Reginald L. Mobley rang out with clear, lanced tone in “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child;” his lower range showed consummate depth and richness, with interpretations compelling in simplicity. He ornamented fluidity and effortlessly expressed the work’s yearning. The piano collaborated excellently. The choir returned then with more sensitive phrasing and well-coordinated dynamic shifts, though their articulation occasionally suffered in the soprano section on mutated vowels. The Daniel Pinkham Award was presented to Janson Wu, a past president of the board, and singer in the group. Established by Coro Allegro in remembrance of Pinkham’s contributions both to music and to the LGBTI community, it also connects his legacy to new honorees. This bit of business served as an unofficial palate cleanser between the spirituals and the featured piece. Aluta Continua: the Life and Passion of David Kato Kisule recounts the story and final days of the Ugandan teacher and LGBTI activist, murdered in 2011. One of the fathers of Uganda’s gay rights movement, Kisule assisted in the founding of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). As advocacy officer and activist he emerged in a time of violent homophobia in Uganda, cultivated and intensified by American evangelists including the homophobe Scott Lively. Eric Banks based the libretto for the piece on newspaper articles and blogs, documentary films, and interviews with one of Kisule’s friends, adapted for ease of understanding and fluid storytelling. The title Aluta Continua comes from the Portuguese “a luta continua,” “the struggle continues.” The phrase was a rallying cry during Mozambique’s struggle for independence and was coopted by the Ugandan LGBTI community. The piece was sung entirely in English with the exception of the titular phrase. Running about half an hour, with solo and choral sections including some double choir, it also features double marimba as the sole instrumental accompaniment. The form was inspired by Bach’s Passions, and the parallels did not go unnoticed. The choir was joined by soloists Mobley and baritone Philip Lima, with Robert Schulz and Jonathan Hess on marimba. Instead of featuring a solo Evangelist, the primary role changed hands partway through the piece from the voice of David Kato Kisule (Mobley) to his friend the excommunicated Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (Lima). Banks wrote Western music with lush choral harmonies for choir and soloists, while he placed the double marimba played entirely in a pentatonic scale to sound more like the Ugandan akadinda, a pitched percussion instrument performed by two players who face each other. Although most of the music was original, Banks also quoted the well-known hymns “Bethany,” “Greatorex,” and “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” Their use was bitingly ironic, as the lyrics of these sections included cruel condemnations of homosexuality quoted from American preachers in Uganda. In the interest of telling the story as clearly as possible, Banks set much of the parts of David and Christopher in declamatory style, matching the rhythms of speech. Sometimes this was a cappella, but often was accompanied by the choir singing a different, simpler text, providing emotional background for the action. Supporting characters were also voiced by the choir, sometimes by individual soloists plucked from the main ensemble, sometimes by small groups, sometimes by full sections or the whole choir. Most of the characters of the friends and family of David were sung by individuals, while quotations from those working against him were performed by the men of the choir or the entire choir. This served to give a sense of the individual humanity of friends and family while conveying the overwhelming strength of numbers of those who sought to silence David. Banks wrote the part of David for Mobley, who shone. The declamatory rhythms rolled from his tongue as if he had written them himself, and his powerful presence and emotional commitment to the role, compelling enough while singing, continued into his silences, as his face showed his reactions as the rest of the story unfolded. His vocal range spanned colors from full excitement to quiet vulnerability. While most of the choir was on-book for the piece, their energy and promise remained strong throughout the many roles. As background they were delicate, never covering the soloists. In storytelling mode, they were present and clear. As the villains, they were harshly condemning, magnifying the effect of the dissonant harmonies of those sections. The soloists pulled from the choir were all of consistently high quality. Lima performed Christopher from a place of quiet authority and deep dignity, showing the understanding of a man who had unwavering faith not only in God but in his own heart. His warm ringing baritone voice made for a dramatic foil to Mobley’s lighter tone, and this striking change in the sound of the narration did much for the drama. The piece closed with a quote from “By the Rivers of Babylon,” which is used as a funeral hymn in Uganda. The final lines were one of the best-known quotations from Kisule: “People keep on saying that we are not here. But of late, we are here.” At the end, the audience was silent for a good 10 seconds, and when the applause broke, it accompanied an immediate and well-deserved standing ovation. Two gospel numbers rounded out the program, rich songs all the more vivid in context of the story we just heard. The choir was joined by a rhythm section including Darryl Hollister on piano, Steven Skop on bass, and Roger Hodgkins on drumset. These songs were clearly programed to lift the audience back up after the intense content of Aluta Continua. Mobley improvised vocals over the choir. Some diction was lost because of the timbre of the drumset, but that did not detract. That all must stand against injustice of every kind was the overriding message. The performers’ devotion to it as well as to the music was unmistakable. The ensemble’s enthusiasm was returned by the audience at show’s close with a second ovation. With degrees from Ithaca College and Longy, Teri Kowiak is a professional singer and voice teacher specializing in early music. She is founder and director of the medieval ensemble Meravelha. The post Coro Allegro Premiere Shows No Fear appeared first on The Boston Musical Intelligencer .

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685, - 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although J.S. Bach did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time. Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, A Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, as well as the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes and Organ Mass.



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