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Take Four Guitar Quartet – Orient Express (Music from Orient to Occident) [Tracklist follows] – Ars Musici Take Four Guitar Quartet – Orient Express (Music from Orient to Occident) [Tracklist follows] – Ars Musici
Published on April 06, 2014

An unusual guitar quartet program visiting Eastern European climes.


BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major; Piano Trio No. 7, “Archduke” – Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano/ Isabelle Faust, v./ Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello – Harmonia mundi BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major; Piano Trio No. 7, “Archduke” – Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano/ Isabelle Faust, v./ Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello – Harmonia mundi
Published on April 06, 2014

Diaphanous and lucid realizations of two powerful, late-Beethoven piano trios, performed with unerring good taste and vivacious ensemble.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1; RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Natasha Paremski, p./ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Fabien Gabel/ Royal Philharmonic Orch. – RPO TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1; RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Natasha Paremski, p./ Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Fabien Gabel/ Royal Philharmonic Orch. – RPO
Published on April 04, 2014

Affectionate and thoughtfully lyrical renderings of two Russian staples mark Paremski’s appearances in Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.


SCHUMANN: Carnaval; Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor; Papillons – Jon Nakamatsu, p. – Harmonia mundi SCHUMANN: Carnaval; Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor; Papillons – Jon Nakamatsu, p. – Harmonia mundi
Published on March 29, 2014

Nakamatsu’s Schumann triptych well serves his poetic virtuosity; will Schumann enthusiasts require another traversal?




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