Thursday, July 28, 2016
This is a wonderful collection of solo piano compositions played by different artists, such as Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lang Lang, and more. Here is a long list of the selections that are recorded for your enjoyment: Bach, J S: Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846: Prelude Hélène Grimaud (piano) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: Adagio sostenuto Daniel Barenboim (piano) Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1 Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor Martha Argerich (piano) Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major Martha Argerich (piano) Debussy: Préludes – Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin Dino Ciani (piano) Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) Alexis Weissenberg (piano) Grieg: Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 – To Spring Mikhail Pletnev (piano) Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 – Nocturne Andrei Gavrilov (piano) Liszt: Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major Daniel Barenboim (piano) Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major) Yundi Li (piano) Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major ‘Sweet Remembrance’ Daniel Barenboim (piano) Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor ‘Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2’ Daniel Barenboim (piano) Rachmaninov: Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major Lazar Berman (piano) Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor Lilya Zilberstein (piano) Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1 Jean-Marc Luisada (piano) Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3 Daniel Barenboim (piano) Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei Lang Lang (piano)
A very Happy Easter to all MIMIC's friends. Back to our beloved Johannes Brahms, and a few lovely Mendelssohn classics as a perfect complement... Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52a Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65a Walzer Op. 39 Ivo Varbanov & Fiammetta Tarli, Piano Duet Omnia ICSM 001 (2013) Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52 Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65 Robert Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138 Barbara Bonney, Soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano Kurt Streit, Tenor, Olaf Bär, Baritone Helmut Deutsch, Bengt Forsberg, Piano EMI 5 55430 2 (1994) Johannes Brahms Selected Lieder Elly Ameling, Soprano Rudolf Jansen, Piano Hyperion 66444 (1993) Johannes Brahms Selected Lieder Jessye Norman, Soprano Wolfram Christ, Viola Daniel Barenboim, Piano DGG 459 469-2 (1982) Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op. 115 in B Minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A Major David Shifrin, Clarinet Emerson String Quartet DGG 459 641-2 (1998) Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 38 in E Minor Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99 in F Major Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Sonata BWV 1027 in G Major Pierre Fournier, Cello Wilhelm Backhaus, Piano Decca 425 973-2 (1955) Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 38 in E Minor Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99 in F Major Intermezzi from Opp. 117, 118, 119 Gregor Piatigorsky, Cello Artur Rubinstein, Piano RCA 09026 62592 2 (1966) Johannes Brahms Capriccio Op. 76 No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor Rhapsodies Op. 79 Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 in A Major Intermezzi Op. 117 Ivo Pogorelich, Piano DGG 437 460-2 (1992) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini Op. 35 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 118 Lilya Zilberstein, Piano DGG 459 297-2 (1990) Johannes Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 5 in F Minor Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 & 3 Intermezzi Op. 117 No. 2; Op. 116 Nos. 2 & 6 Rhapsody Op. 119 No. 4 Barry Douglas, Piano Chandos 10757 (2012) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Schumann Op. 9 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 118 Daniel Levy, Piano Edelweiss 1001 (1988) Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Schumann Op. 9 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24 Variations on a Hungarian Song Op. 21 No. 2 Theme and Variation after the String Sextet Op. 18 Mikhail Rudy, Piano EMI 5 55167 2 (1994) Johannes Brahms String Quartet Op. 51a No. 1 in C Minor String Quartet Op. 51a No. 2 in A Minor Tiziana Moneta & Gabriele Rota, Piano Duet La Bottega Discantica 33 (1997) Johannes Brahms Ballades Op. 10 Intermezzi Op. 117 Klavierstücke Op. 76, 118, 119 Rhapsodies Op. 79 Fantasien Op. 116 Håkon Austbø, Piano Brilliant 99941 (2002) Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 Op. 25 in G Minor Murray Perahia, Piano Members of the Amadeus Quartet Sony SK 42 361 (1986) Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 Op. 25 in G Minor Piano Quartet No. 2 Op. 26 in A Major Piano Quartet No. 3 Op. 60 in C Major Derek Han, Piano Isabelle Faust, Violin Bruno Giuranna, Viola Alain Meunier, Cello Briliant 93040 (1996) Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F Minor Hans Werner Henze Piano Quintet Peter Serkin, Piano Guarneri Quartet Philips 446 710-2 (1995) Johannes Brahms Rinaldo Op. 50 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 Op. 36 in D Major Johan Botha, Tenor Wiener Staatsopernchor Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien Bertrand de Billy Oehms Classics 673 (2010) Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody Op. 53 Schicksalslied Op. 54 Gesang der Parzen Op. 89 Nänie Op. 82 Marjana Lipovšek, Mezzo-SopranoErnst-Senff Chor & Rundfunkchor Berlin Berliner Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado DGG 435 791-2 (1991) Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 Cheryl Studer, Soprano, Andreas Schmidt, BaritoneSwedish Radio Chorus & Eric-Ericson-Kammerchor Berliner Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado DGG 437 517-2 (1992) Johannes Brahms Double Concerto Op. 102 in A Minor Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 37 in C Minor Lisa Batiashvili, Violin, Alban Gerhardt, CelloAshley Wass, Piano BBC Philharmonic Yan Pascal Tortelier Vassily Sinaisky (Beethoven) BBC MM221 (2002) Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 in D Major Double Concerto Op. 102 in A Minor Itzhak Perlman, Violin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Cello St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Eleazar de CarvalhoLondon Symphony Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Double Concerto) Intaglio 7131 (1968-1967)Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77 in D Major Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan DGG 445 515-2 (1981) Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 in D Minor Hélène Grimaud, Piano Staatskapelle Berlin Kurt Sanderling Erato 3984-21633-2 (1997) Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 in D Minor Violin Sonata No. 1 Op. 78 in G Major Rudolf Serkin, Piano Adolf Busch, Violin Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner Sound Archive Collection (1946-1931) Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 in C Minor Symphony No. 3 Op. 90 in F Major Clara Schumann Selected Lieder Felicity Lott, Soprano, Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano 'Giuseppe Verdi' John Axelrod Telarc 34 659-02 (2013) Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 Op. 73 in D Major Symphony No. 4 Op. 98 in E Minor Clara Schumann Selected Lieder Indra Thomas, Nicole Cabell, Soprano Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano 'Giuseppe Verdi' John Axelrod Telarc 34 658-02 (2013) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Symphony No. 4 Op. 90 in A Major 'Italian' Gioacchino Rossini Overtures from Il Barbiere di Siviglia & L'Italiana in Algeri Giacomo Puccini Te Deum (from Tosca's 1st Act) Ruggero Raimondi, Baritone Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Myung-Whun Chung Fonè 97 F 07 (1997) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Two Pianos Concerto in E Major Two Pianos Concerto in A-Flat Major Begoña Uriarte & Karl-Hermann Mrongovius, Piano Duo Bamberger Symphoniker Antoni Wit Arts 47621-2 (2000) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt Op. 27Carl CzernySymphony No. 1 Op. 780 in C Minor Tasmin Little, Violin BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Stefan Solyom Ulster Orchestra Nicholas Braithwaite, Jurjen Hempel BBC MM260 (2005) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto Op 47 in D Minor Sarah Chang, Violin Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons EMI 5 56418 2 (1996) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 49 in D Minor Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 66 in C Minor The Florestan Trio Hyperion 67485 (2005)Johannes Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G, Op. 78 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A, Op. 100 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 Lorin Maazel, Violin Yefim Bronfman, Piano Milan, Sala grande del Conservatorio, 2001 - RAI Digital Archives Flac & Scans More Brahms posts by Davide: Summer Nights #8 (September 3rd, 2014) Summer Nights #7 (August 28th, 2014) The Symphonies by James Levine (July 31st, 2014) Piano & Chamber Music Gems (October 29th, 2012) The Duo Sonatas (July 28th, 2012)
If you are a long-term reader of my Blog, you may recall an interview that I had with pianist Helene Grimaud during 2015, while she was on tour in Europe. Today I offer you details of a concert in Berlin that you may wish to attend. Here are the details: Venue: Konzerthaus Berlin — large hall Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany Date/time: April 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM Performers: ORCHESTRA DELL’ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SANTA CECILIA, with Helene Grimaud, pianist. Program: Rossini, Gioacchino La Cenerentola Overture Beethoven, Ludwig van Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58 Saint-Saëns, Camille Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ Symphony” Hélène Grimaud is undoubtedly an artist with deep devotion to music and her life is also devoted to her activities as an environmentalist and author. Here is Ms. Grimaud in the Piano Concerto number 4 by Beethoven:
It is known that Chopin's musical thoughts, during his last weeks of life, were pervaded by Mozart, and that the Requiem was performed at Chopin's funeral at La Madeleine in October 1849. Personally, I've often found a special affinity, sometimes even formal, between the great Austrian master and the Polish - a natural revolutionary spirit, a wistfully tinged harmonic tension encased in elegant, soothing tempo structures. Another great Sunday morning with The Odd Couple. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622 in A Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A Benny Goodman, Clarinet Budapest String Quartet Boston Symphony Orchestra Charles Munch RCA RD85275 (1956) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto K. 622 in A Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b in E-Flat Major Sabine Meyer, Clarinet; Diethelm Jonas, Oboe Sergio Azzolini, Bassoon; Bruno Schneider, Horn Staatskapelle Dresden Hans Vonk EMI 66949 (1990) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto K. 299 in C Flute Concerto No. 1 K. 313 in G Flute Concerto No. 2 K. 314 in D Emmanuel Pahud, Flute Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Harp Berliner Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado EMI 5 57114-2 (1996) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 13 K. 415 in C Piano Concerto No. 15 K. 450 in B-Flat Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Piano NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg Cord Garben DGG 429 353-2 (1990)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 K. 453 in G Major Piano Concerto No. 20 K. 466 in D Minor Robert Levin, Piano The Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood L'Oiseau-Lyre455 607-2 (1996)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 K. 449 in E-Flat Major Piano Concerto No. 26 K. 537 in D Major 'Coronation' Maria João Pires, Piano Wiener Philharmoniker Claudio Abbado DGG 437 529-2 (1992)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 K. 453 in G Major Piano Concerto No. 21 K. 467 in C Major Maria João Pires, Piano Chamber Orchestra of Europe Claudio Abbado DGG 439 941-2 (1995)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 K. 466 in D Minor Piano Concerto No. 21 K. 467 in C Major András Schiff, Piano Camerata Academica Salzburg Sándor Végh Decca 430 510-2 (1989)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 K. 467 in C Major Piano Concerto No. 27 K. 595 in B-Flat Major Chamber Orchestra of EuropeMurray Perahia Sony SK 46 485 (1990)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Piano Sonatas Mitsuko Uchida, PianoPhilips 468 356-2 (1983/1987)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenata K. 361 in B-Flat 'Gran Partita' Academy of St. Martin-in-the-FieldsNeville Marriner Philips 412 726-2 (1984)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenata K. 361 in B-Flat 'Gran Partita' Bläser der Berliner PhilharmonikerDGG 437 771-2 (1980)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No. 13 K. 333 in B-Flat Major Piano Sonata No. 4 K. 282 in E-Flat Major Piano Sonata No. 16 K. 545 in C Major Piano Sonata No. 9 K. 310 in A Minor Huguette Dreyfus, FortepianoDenon CO-77616 (1990)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Sonata K. 454 in B-Flat Major Violin Sonata K. 526 in A Major Violin Sonata K. 547 in F Major Sergiu Luca, ViolinMalcolm Bilson, FortepianoNonesuch 79112-2 (1984)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 K. 219 in A Major Symphony No. 41 K. 551 in C Major 'Jupiter' Anne-Sophie Mutter, ViolinBerliner PhilharmonikerHerbert von KarajanDGG 429 314-2 (1976)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 K. 219 in A Major Flute and Harp Concerto K. 299 in C Jennifer Pike, ViolinEmily Beynon, Flute; Catherine Beynon, HarpBBC National Orchestra of WalesGarry WalkerThierry Fischer (K. 299)BBC MM354 (2011)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 K. 216 in G Major Violin Concerto No. 4 K. 218 in D Major Violin Concerto No. 5 K. 219 in A Major Camerata Academica SalzburgAugustin DumayDGG 457 645-2 (1996)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Violin Concertos Frank Peter Zimmermann, ViolinWürttembergisches Kammerorchester HeilbronnJörg Faerber EMI 7 63823 2 (1987)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 36 K. 425 in C Major 'Linz' Symphony No. 40 K. 550 in G Minor Staatskapelle DresdenColin DavisPhilips 422 398-2 (1988)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 30 K. 202 in D Major Symphony No. 31 K. 297 in D Major 'Paris' Symphony No. 32 K. 318 in G Major Symphony No. 33 K. 319 in B-Flat Staatskapelle DresdenColin DavisPhilips 432 977-2 (1991)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 35 K. 385 in D Major 'Haffner' Symphony No. 38 K. 504 in D Major 'Prague' Staatskapelle DresdenColin DavisPhilips 416 155-2 (1988)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 29 K. 201 in A Major Symphony No. 33 K. 319 in B-Flat Symphony No. 34 K. 338 in C Major Wiener PhilharmonikerRiccardo MutiPhilips 462 906-2 (1998)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 31 K. 297 in D Major 'Paris' Symphony No. 41 K. 551 in C Major 'Jupiter' Wiener PhilharmonikerRiccardo MutiPhilips 442 126-2 (1993)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 'Coronation' Mass K. 317 in C Major Vesperae solennes de confessore K. 339 Joan Rodgers, Soprano; Elisabeth von Magnus, Mezzo-SopranoJosef Protschka, Tenor; László Polgár, BassArnold Schoenberg ChorConcentus musicus Wien Nikolaus HarnoncourtTeldec 8 43535 (1986)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 'Great' Mass K. 427 in C Minor Vesperae solennes de confessore K. 339 Kathleen Battle, Lella Cuberli, SopranoPeter Seiffert, Tenor; Kurt Moll, BassWiener StaatsopernchorWiener PhilharmonikerJames LevineDGG 423 664-2 (1986)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem K. 626 in D Minor Lynne Dawson, Soprano; Jard van Nes, ContraltoKeith Lewis, Tenor; Simon Estes, BassPhilharmonia Chorus and OrchestraCarlo Maria GiuliniSony SMK60025 (1989)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem K. 626 in D Minor Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Soprano; Helga Müller-Molinari, ContraltoVinson Cole, Tenor; Paata Burchuladze, BassWiener SingvereinWiener PhilharmonikerHerbert von KarajanDGG 419 610-2 (1986)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Carl Loewe Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major Mari Kodama, Piano Russian National Orchestra Kent Nagano Pentatone 5186026 (2004) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Sergej Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 in B Minor Hélène Grimaud, Piano DGG 477 5325 (2005)Frédéric Chopin Ballades Scherzo No. 4 Op. 54 in E Berceuse Op. 57 in D-Flat Major Barcarolle Op. 60 in F-Sharp Major Evgeny Kissin, Piano RCA 09026 63259 2 (1998)Frédéric Chopin Ballades Fantaisie Op. 49 in F Minor Berceuse Op. 57 in D-Flat Major Michaël Levinas, PianoAdes 14.076-2 (1985)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 in C-Sharp Minor Fantaisie Op. 49 in F Minor Berceuse Op. 57 in D-Flat Major Maria João Pires, PianoChamber Orchestra of EuropeEmmanuel Krivine DGG 457 585-2 (1998)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Préludes Op. 28 Maria João Pires, PianoRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraAndré PrevinDGG 437 817-2 (1992)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Martha Argerich, PianoOrchestre symphonique de MontréalCharles DutoitEMI 5 56798 2 (Re-issued by Musicom) (1998)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Lang Lang, PianoWiener PhilharmonikerZubin MehtaDGG 477 7982 (2008)Frédéric Chopin Etudes Op. 10 Etudes Op. 25 Maurizio Pollini, PianoDGG 413 794-2 (1972)Frédéric Chopin 10 Mazurkas Prélude Op. 45 in C-Sharp Minor Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 in G Minor Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31 in B-Flat Minor Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, PianoDGG 413 449-2 (1972)Frédéric Chopin Nocturnes Maria João Pires, PianoDGG 447 096-2 (1996)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor 14 Waltzes Maria João Pires, PianoOrchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-CarloArmin JordanErato 3984 21089-2 (1977-1984)Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Jorge Bolet, PianoOrchestre symphonique de MontréalCharles DutoitDecca 425 859-2 (1989) Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Bella Davidovich, PianoLondon Symphony OrchestraNeville MarrinerDecca 468 117-2 (1980) Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Krystian Zimerman, PianoLos Angeles PhilharmonicCarlo Maria GiuliniDGG 415 970-2 (1979) Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 in E Minor Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F Minor Polish Festival Orchestra Krystian ZimermanDGG 459 684-2 (1999) Frédéric Chopin Préludes Op. 28 Prélude Op. 45 in C-Sharp Minor Prélude in A-Flat Major Alexander Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 19 in G-Sharp Minor Beatrice Rana, PianoATMA Classique 2614 (2012) Frédéric Chopin Scherzos Polonaise Op. 61 in A-Flat Major Claudio Arrau, PianoPhilips 412 610-2 (1984) Frédéric Chopin Préludes Op. 28 Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Polonaise Op. 53 in A-Flat Evgeny Kissin, PianoRCA 09026 63535 2 (1999) Frédéric Chopin Ballades Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Andrei Gavrilov, PianoEMI 7 47344 2 (1985) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Préludes Op. 28 Nocturnes Op. Nos. 2 in E-Flat & 3 in B Anna Kravtchenko, PianoDecca 476 3120 (2005) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Scherzos Simon Trpčeski, Piano EMI 3 75586 2 (2006) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Selected Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Waltzes Ballade No. 3 Op. 47 in A-Flat Major Sergej Rachmaninov, Piano RCA 09026 62533 2 (1919/1935) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 in B Minor 12 Mazurkas Evgeny Kissin, Piano RCA 09026 62542 2 (1993) Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 in B-Flat Minor Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 in B Minor Mitsuko Uchida, Piano Philips 420 949-2 (1988) Frédéric Chopin 14 Waltzes 7 Mazurkas Jean-Marc Luisada, Piano RCA 88875028062 (2013) Frédéric Chopin Ballades Scherzos 14 Waltzes 4 Impromptus Samson François, Piano EMI 7 62569 2 (1963) Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata Op. 65 in G Minor Sergej Rachmaninov Cello Sonata Op. 19 in G Minor and Cello Sonatas by Gabriel Fauré and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Paul Tortelier, Cello Aldo Ciccolini, Eric Heidsieck, Maria de la Pau, Piano EMI 5 74333 2 (1968) Frédéric Chopin 4 Mazurkas Op. 24 Joaquín Turina5 Danzas Gitanas, Series 2 Op. 84Franz SchubertFantasia D. 940 in F MinorJohannes Brahms4 Hungarian Dances Katarina & Vladimir Krpan, Piano Nemini Similis SC9605 (1995) Link to "The Odd Couple" previous post: BONUS: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 K. 482 in E-Flat MajorJohannes BrahmsSymphony No. 4 Op. 98 in E Minor Barry Douglas, Piano Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice di VeneziaYuri TemirkanovRAI Digital Archives – Venice, 4 May 2002 MUST-HAVE (mainly for the Douglas) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 36 K. 425 in C Major ‘Linz’Claude Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Franz Schubert Rondo D. 438 in A Major for Violin and Orchestra Thomas Zehetmair, Violin Mahler Chamber Orchestra Alan Gilbert RAI Digital Archives – Ferrara, 30 October 2002 Flac & Scans
The most remarkable surprise in next year’s Boston Symphony season is the appointment of Thomas Adès, the young (born 1973) British composer, pianist, and conductor as the first “Boston Symphony Artistic Partner,” which I think means artist-in-residence with composing and performing responsibilities—it may be a novelty for the BSO, but I salute the idea wholeheartedly. [More on Adès end of the article]. Several other performers will make significant debut appearances, including pianists, conductors, and singers. The 2016-2017 brochure may be downloaded here . Next season comes complete with exciting prospects and no few surprises, as well some noticeable gaps—no Stravinsky, no Copland, no Second Viennese School. Andris Nelsons kicks things off with a Russian program, including Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto (probably the most popular of all 20th-century works in this genre), and Musorgsky-Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition. These are all pretty standard, but Nelsons will direct a more generous variety later, including Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony (the “Leningrad”) in February, Sixth Symphony in April, and King Lear music in May on the season’s closer. Perhaps my plea last year for a performance of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony, a much better work than either the Sixth or Seventh, might finally come to fruition next year, because Nelsons genuinely seems to love Shostakovich. The February program will include a new Triple Concerto (violin, cello, and bayan) by Sofia Gubaidulina; the April program will be matched up with a curious title, Nostalghia (In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky) by Toru Takemitsu, and the beloved Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter; the May program ends with Rachmaninoff’s Fourth (and least known) Piano Concerto (with Leif Ove Andsnes) and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Other Russians will be Musorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain in October, sharing a program with Smetana’s Šárka, Janáek’s Taras Bulba which rates as a Russian piece, and Bartók’s Violin Concerto no. 2. Another all-Russian program will be heard in January under the baton of Juanjo Mena: Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, and, most interestingly, a Violin Concerto by Moisey Vaynberg (the many variant spellings include Mieczysaw Weinberg, whose poignant Sixth Symphony I reported on here ) with Gidon Kremer as soloist. As long as I’ve mentioned Bartók, there is one more item from him, and a great one: Bluebeard’s Castle, in concert performance directed by Charles Dutoit (October), who thus continues his predilection for concert opera with the BSO. Andris Nelsons’s Richard Strauss cycle of concert performances — Salome last year, Elektra this year—continues with Der Rosenkavalier on September 29 and October 1 with Renée Fleming as the Marschallin. Perhaps by that time I will learn to appreciate an opera that everybody else all around the world loves so much, but that strikes me as an extravagance even for the BSO. It is hard to imagine an unstaged performance of this beloved work that is so crashingly undramatic and slow-moving—“the illusion of carnival, champagne, and feather-brained levity,” as Joseph Kerman described it. If the BSO wants to mount an extravagance, I would much rather hear Andris Nelsons tackle Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, which was unforgettably earth-shaking when James Levine conducted it a few years back, with hundreds of empty seats in the hall. One extravagance all of us can look forward to eagerly in March is a real rarity, and an exciting one: the huge five-movement Piano Concerto by Ferruccio Busoni with Kirill Gerstein playing the solo, and a men’s chorus in the final movement. (There are several good recordings of this strange, rarely-heard but mighty work; I especially like the one by our own Marc-André Hamelin.) Sibelius’s Third Symphony opens the program, and that, plus Tapiola in November, seems to be the only Sibelius for the season. There will be a fair abundance of new works, including some premieres and Boston Symphony commissions: in addition to Gubaidulina and several works by Thomas Adès (including his Totentanz which he will conduct in November), there will be new pieces by Julian Anderson, Eric Nathan, Timo Andres, George Benjamin, an organ concerto by Terry Riley called At the Royal Majestic, a Cello Concerto by Matthias Pintscher, and a Trauermarsch by Jörg Widmann. The late Gunther Schuller will be honored with his best-known orchestral work, Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (February). We will hear just one work by Bach, but it is a big one: his B minor Mass, directed by Nelsons in February. Johannes Brahms is amply represented by an entire cycle: all four symphonies and both piano concertos with Hélène Grimaud, in two series in November; and the Deutsches Requiem in October. Haydn seems to be represented by only his 60th Symphony, “Il distratto” (The Distraught); it’s a piece brimming over with jokes, including the violins re-tuning their instruments eighteen bars into the Prestissimo finale. There’s a good deal of Mozart: Symphony no. 39, four of his most beloved piano concertos (K. 466 with Uchida, April; K. 482 with Ax, February; K. 491 with Lupu; and K. 595 (November) with Menahem Pressler, who is 92 years old and going strong), and the Requiem (in April, with K. 491). Ax’s visit will also include Beethoven’s Second Concerto (really his first); the other Beethoven in the season are the Third, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies. Schumann will be represented by his unforgettable Piano Concerto (Jean-Frédéric Neuburger) and his rarely-heard but delightful, indeed almost comical, Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra; the latter shares a program of BSO soloists, playing works by Vivaldi, Krommer, Jolivet, and Nino Rota (January). Yo-yo Ma will play the Elgar Cello Concerto in October—a piece that always makes me wish there were better cello concertos than his. (I heard a pretty good one by Eugen d’Albert a while ago. Yo-yo Ma premiered John Harbison’s Cello Concerto with the BSO some years ago; bring it back.) There are a number of usual warhorses, but these include many of the best, indeed pieces that I never tire of hearing: Mendelssohn’s Hebrides and DvoÍák’s New World Symphony (November), and Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony (January; this has been heard several times in Symphony Hall in recent years, but I wrote the book on it); Holst’s The Planets (October, Dutoit), which in all these decades I’ve never heard in live performance. There’s not a lot of French music—we have had quite a bit in recent years in any case — but it is choice. Debussy’s Nocturnes, complete with women, is central on Haitink’s program in March that includes the Haydn 60th and Beethoven Seventh. The following week there will be an entire French program conducted by Alain Altinoglu (French, but is he also Turkish?) featuring Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Dutilleux’s Symphony no. 2, “Le Double,” whose world premiere I heard with the BSO 57 years ago, as well as Berlioz’s Carnaval romain and Roussel’s Second Suite from Bacchus et Ariane. The latter probably hasn’t been heard since the Munch days—it was a favorite of his—but it is a honey. Nelsons will conduct Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique in February along with Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, which may be for the fourth time in five years, but the only Ravel in the coming season. Thomas Ades leads the Boston Symphony (Stu Rosner photo) More on Thomas Adès BMInt’s Laura Stanfield Prichard highly recommends a recent paper on the composer, Thinking Irrational: Thomas Adès and new Rhythms as well as BMInt’s review of his opera Powder Your Face , and a funny/serious LATimes story about him last season. The Complete Official Word from the BSO Follows The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have announced the appointment of English composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès as the orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner for a three-year period starting in the fall of 2016. As BSO Artistic Partner, Mr. Adès’s rich commitment to the BSO will span a wide range of activities reflecting his many gifts as one of the greatest musical minds of the 21st century; he will become an integral figure at the BSO—both in Symphony Hall and Tanglewood—as composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. This news is being released in conjunction with the 2016-17 BSO season announcement, with complete details available here. One of the most respected and sought-after composers and performers in the field of classical music, Mr. Adès will assume his new position as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Deborah and Philip Edmundson Artistic Partner beginning with the BSO’s 2016-17 season, leading his monumental and critically acclaimed Totentanz, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra with soloists Christianne Stotijn and Mark Stone, on a program with Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Sibelius’s Tapiola (11/3-5). In what is sure to be a highlight of the recital offerings in Boston in 2016-17, Mr. Adès will join frequent collaborator, English tenor Ian Bostridge, for a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise, as part of a joint presentation by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Celebrity Series of Boston, to take place at Jordan Hall on Friday, October 28. On Sunday, October 30, Mr. Adès will also be featured as pianist with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in a program of Britten’s Sinfonietta, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and a work by Mr. Adès. In the 2018-19 season, the BSO will present the highly anticipated world premiere of Mr. Adès’s BSO-commissioned Piano Concerto, with Kirill Gerstein as soloist. In addition to his work with the BSO at Symphony Hall, Mr. Adès will also play a prominent role at Tanglewood, where he will be the Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music in 2018 and 2019. His role at Tanglewood will also include working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy—in the roles of teacher, performer, and conductor. Further details on Mr. Adès’s activities at Tanglewood will be available as part of the 2017 Tanglewood season announcement in November 2016. QUOTE FROM ANDRIS NELSONS, BSO Music Director “It is incredibly exciting for me and my beloved BSO that the exceptional Thomas Adès will join us as Artistic Partner and work very closely with us to create fascinating programs for our devoted audiences here in Boston, at Tanglewood, and, through broadcasts and recordings, around the world,” said BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. “Universally regarded as one of the most creative souls in the world of classical music today, Thomas Adès and his accomplishments are extraordinary. As the BSO’s Artistic Partner, Thomas will be involved with the orchestra on every level of his outstanding talents as a composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher. There is no doubt that he will inspire all of us at the BSO to ever greater achievements, which we hope will become special gifts for all of those who so love listening to the musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We truly look forward to welcoming Thomas as a treasured member of the BSO family.” QUOTE FROM THOMAS ADÈS, BSO Artistic Partner “I am delighted to be joining the BSO family of musicians and colleagues and to embark on this particular artistic adventure,” said Thomas Adès. “From my first rehearsal with this amazing orchestra—almost exactly five years ago—I knew that we shared a musical wavelength, and in our subsequent meetings I’ve been gratified to sense the relationship deepening each time. It seems natural now to broaden the experience beyond conducting and chamber music to include composing specifically for these gifted players and teaching alongside them—not to mention sharing the unique ‘total immersion’ experience of Tanglewood. I’m so grateful to Andris Nelsons, Mark Volpe, Tony Fogg, and the BSO musicians for this opportunity, and I very much look forward to contributing to—and partaking of—the cultural delights offered by the wonderful city of Boston.” QUOTE FROM MARK VOLPE, BSO Managing Director “With the appointment of Thomas Adès as BSO Artistic Partner, all of us at the BSO are filled with a great sense of anticipation over having one of the most brilliant minds of our field involved with the BSO and the Tanglewood Music Center as a conductor, composer, performer, and teacher,” said Managing Director Mark Volpe. “From the first moment Thomas Adès worked directly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2011, there was a palpable chemistry that resulted in incredibly memorable music-making. Almost immediately thereafter we started imagining the possibilities and how we might bring the brilliant Thomas Adès more closely into the musical orbit of the BSO. Following many discussions and a great deal of reflection by both parties over the last couple of years, we are thrilled to announce that Mr. Adès has agreed to become the first-ever BSO Artistic Partner and a prominent member of the BSO family. The absolutely unique creative synergies between Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra promise to bring extraordinary performances of great breadth and insight. This landmark collaboration with Thomas Adès will certainly be a major event for us here at the BSO and in the classical music world at large.” The post BSO Announces 136th Season appeared first on The Boston Musical Intelligencer .