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ALKAN: Huits Prieres for Solo Piano; Neuf Preludes for Piano, Four Hands; Benediction Pedal Piano or Piano 3 Hands – Vincenzo Maltempo & Emanuele Delucchi, pianos – Toccata Classics ALKAN: Huits Prieres for Solo Piano; Neuf Preludes for Piano, Four Hands; Benediction Pedal Piano or Piano 3 Hands – Vincenzo Maltempo & Emanuele Delucchi, pianos – Toccata Classics
Published on July 16, 2014

For the collector of rare keyboard repertory, this Alkan disc provides powerful and original materials.


CONLON NANCARROW: Studies for Player Piano 16, 20, 26, 32, 44; Suite for Orchestra; Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra; Septet (fragment); PAUL USHER: Nancarrow Concerto for Pianola and Chamber Orch. – Wergo CONLON NANCARROW: Studies for Player Piano 16, 20, 26, 32, 44; Suite for Orchestra; Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra; Septet (fragment); PAUL USHER: Nancarrow Concerto for Pianola and Chamber Orch. – Wergo
Published on July 16, 2014

Maybe not the best introduction to this fascinating and innovative composer, but well-played and offering an “almost” completion as well.


DAVID LANG: Love Fail – Anonymous 4 – Cantaloupe DAVID LANG: Love Fail – Anonymous 4 – Cantaloupe
Published on July 16, 2014

 
Beautiful, mysterious, a bit disturbing and wonderful!


Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio, “An American Tour” = Works of SCHOENFELD, NEWMAN, YI & AUERBACH – Bridge Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio, “An American Tour” = Works of SCHOENFELD, NEWMAN, YI & AUERBACH – Bridge
Published on July 14, 2014

Pretty interesting stuff from this talented new ensemble.


Lichte und Liebe = Marlis Petersen (sop.)/ Anke Vondung (mezzo-sop.)/ Werner Güra (tenor)/ Konrad Jarnot (bass)/ Christoph Berner, fortepiano – Harmonia mundi Lichte und Liebe = Marlis Petersen (sop.)/ Anke Vondung (mezzo-sop.)/ Werner Güra (tenor)/ Konrad Jarnot (bass)/ Christoph Berner, fortepiano – Harmonia mundi
Published on July 12, 2014

Parlor songs? Believe me, there is much more than that in these little wonders.


BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1; Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major; ROZSA: Sonatina for Solo Clarinet; Sonata for Solo Clarinet – Jean Johnson, clar./ Steven Osborne, p. – Avie BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1; Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major; ROZSA: Sonatina for Solo Clarinet; Sonata for Solo Clarinet – Jean Johnson, clar./ Steven Osborne, p. – Avie
Published on July 12, 2014

Clarinetist Jean Johnson and Steven Osborne perform some fine Brahms before Johnson offers solo Rosza as a rare encore.


FLORENT SCHMITT: Le Petit Elfe Ferme-l’Oeil (The Dream God); Introit, Recit et Conge for Cello and Orch. – Soloists/ Orch. Nat. de Lorraine/ Jacques Mercier – Timpani FLORENT SCHMITT: Le Petit Elfe Ferme-l’Oeil (The Dream God); Introit, Recit et Conge for Cello and Orch. – Soloists/ Orch. Nat. de Lorraine/ Jacques Mercier – Timpani
Published on July 08, 2014

Two unbelievably spectacular premiere recordings that should be on everyone’s “gotta have” list.


FREDERIC MOMPOU: Paisatges = Preludis; Paisatges; Souvenirs de l’Exposition; Variacions sobre un tema de Chopin; Canco de bressol – Alfred Pla, piano – La Ma de Guido FREDERIC MOMPOU: Paisatges = Preludis; Paisatges; Souvenirs de l’Exposition; Variacions sobre un tema de Chopin; Canco de bressol – Alfred Pla, piano – La Ma de Guido
Published on July 08, 2014

Mompou is an acquired taste, and one that some people simply won’t bother with. But there is much to admire in these fine performances.


GOTTFRIED AUGUST HOMILIUS: Habe deine Lust an dem Herrn (Motets II) – Sirventes Berlin/ Stefan Schuck – Carus GOTTFRIED AUGUST HOMILIUS: Habe deine Lust an dem Herrn (Motets II) – Sirventes Berlin/ Stefan Schuck – Carus
Published on July 08, 2014

Homilius—despite the rather staid name—has a lot of fire in him that demands to be heard in our time. He’s one of the late Baroque’s best.




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