22115 - Nielsen: Violin Concerto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 33
Kolja Blacher, violin
Carl Nielsen joins the legacy of Niels Wilhelm Gade, Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen as one of the leading Scandinavian composers. Whereby his music is not very well-known outside of Denmark and thus Carl Nielsen is among those composers whose full importance is yet to be discovered.
Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto Op. 33 paints an ambivalent picture. On the one hand, it continues the line of the great virtuoso concertos of the 19th century and it is not as advanced harmonically speaking as the third symphony by far. On the other hand, the composer strove to create unique formal solutions and gave his work an inventive touch through its modal colouration.
This recording was made live at a concert to mark the 150th birthday of the composer. The most highly respected violinist Kolja Blacher, together with the Duisburg Philharmonic under Giordano Bellincampi, let Nielsen's great work shine in a fascinating intensity, not heard so far.
12416 - Roberto Cominati / Bach & Handel / Transcriptions
Bach & Handel
When Johann Sebastian Bach died on 28 July 1750 in Leipzig, a great change in style in the music world was already underway. But even in the 19th century, not all of Bach's piano works were familiar, and Bach was seen more as a great teacher and less of an artist who was able to convey emotion through music. Therefore, transcriptions and arrangements had a prominent place in the concerts of composer-piano virtuosos. In this way, it was possible to programme well-known works or to occasionally present the public with rarities and also the pieces of other composers like Bach's contemporary George Frideric Handel. The virtuosos also referred to Bach himself, who arranged instrumental concertos for keyboard instruments for study purposes, but also repeatedly reused his own works, putting them into a different form. The question is how closely the arrangers of Bach's music – or Handel's – kept to the original. There are very faithful transcriptions as well as free adaptations, some even bordering on being new compositions. Some examples of the various types of Bach and Handel adaptations by composer-piano virtuosos – arrangements which range from compositions with large instrumentation and organ works to pieces for a single string or keyboard instrument – are found on this recording; with the greatest finesse up in the finest details performed by Roberto Cominati.
12515 - Akiko Ebi / RAVEL / PIANO WORKS
The unique place in music history of the piano works of Maurice Ravel is easy to see, because the frequent and extraordinary technical challenges, the unconventional style and the shimmering colours of the pieces convey a certain immediacy to the listener. The in Japan highly esteemed pianist Akiko Ebi dedicates this album exclusively for this important composer of her second adopted country France and presents the most important piano works of Ravel. A musical fireworks.
12616 - Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev / RAVEL & DEBUSSY / piano works
RAVEL & DEBUSSY
His success at the Cleveland International Piano Competition gave the impulse to record a program with important works of these two composers with Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev. With great sensitivity and a special sense for this delicate musical language he presents his debut album.
12716 - Belenus Quartet / Schubert & Schnyder
Schubert & Schnyder
Rarities and novelties
After their success at the competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" in February 2015, the quartet felt it was motivated on this occasion to make another recording after its debut CD in 2012, with a great common objective for the programme: to make the subjects of the competition the main emphases - Schubert and modern music. Daniel Schnyder's modern, extremely varied and effective work Great Places has been an important component and friend at concerts for some time. With his compositional diversity in sound and his characteristic urban images, Schnyder leads us through jazzy, oriental and French sounds.
On the other side, Schubert's music has an appeal like no other and thus the quartet immersed itself in the richness of two early Schubert string quartets. Of his eleven early string quartets, several have rarely been played and recorded: Above all, the quartet in E Major D353 was a new discovery for them. Although it was composed two years later than the other, it seems in all its freshness more youthful and maybe one could even say somewhat more immature than his string quartet in B-flat major D112. This quartet, although it was written earlier, already alludes to Schubert's later crypticism and inner turmoil. It is impressive how two pieces composed so close in time are so full of contrasts. The richness of his work will hopefully arouses your astonishment at his lesser performed quartets.