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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Highlighting the latest highly reviewed recordings: Available at ClassicsOnline

LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet)

LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet)
Dacapo: 6.220575
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-- By David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

10/10 Artistic and Sound Quality

These are remarkable works. Rued Langgaard was, as we now know, basically nuts. He composed nine string quartets, more or less, because some of them share movements (or revisions of movements). Most date from his early period, the late 1910s and early 1920s, before he turned bitter and was forced to endure the neglect of the Danish musical establishment. They feature a reckless variety of material and encompass a vast expressive range. For example, the titles of the Second Quartet's four movements are: Storm Clouds Receding; Train Passing By; Landscape in Twilight; and The Walk. The Third Quartet has three movements variously headed Rapacious; Artful (sound sample below); and Scoffing. Some might feel the music simply falls apart into a series of disconnected episodes. Maybe it does, but it is consistently entertaining, expressive, and curiously moving.

The performances here are marvelous, make no mistake. The Nightingale String Quartet relishes every bizarre nuance, from the chugging... (read more)
 
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto / Symphony No. 4 (Muzyka polska, Vol. 3) (BBC Symphony, Gardner)

LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto / Symphony No. 4 (Muzyka polska, Vol. 3) (BBC Symphony, Gardner)
Chandos: CHSA5098
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Gramophone Choice

Gramophone Choice April 2012

(Excerpt)

The third volume in Chandos's welcome Lutoslawski series brings a second helping of purely orchestral fare...a performance as vivacious and committed as this one, it comprises a veritable treat, for the music is personable, resourceful and witty, and scored with colourful assurance to boot.

...Variations on a Theme of Paganini [is] a dazzlingly inventive showpiece for two pianos...Louis Lortie makes quite a splash with it...

Throughout, Gardner secures some first-class playing from the BBC SO; Ralph Couzens's engineering is, needless to say, state-of-the-art. Cordially recommended...

© 2012 Gramophone
 
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 5 / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Festive Overture (Toulouse Capitol Orchestra, Sokhiev)

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 5 / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Festive Overture (Toulouse Capitol Orchestra, Sokhiev)
Naive: V5252
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Gramophone Choice

Gramophone Choice April 2012

How refreshing in a work of such familiarity to find oneself unable to take a single bar for granted...one which re-evaluates how phrasing relates to sound in pursuit of the greatest spontaneity.

This is a performance which sounds composed in the playing of it, which feels organic, and which probably owes a lot to the tutorage of the great Ilya Musin, who nurtured Sokhiev's talent. There is a singing quality to all the playing... And the finale grandstands with aplomb...

© 2012 Gramophone
 
MACKEY, S.: Lonely Motel: Music from Slide (Eckert, Mackey, eighth blackbird)

MACKEY, S.: Lonely Motel: Music from Slide (Eckert, Mackey, eighth blackbird)
Cedille: CDR90000-128
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Gramophone Choice

(Excerpt)

From beginning to end, Steven Mackey's seamless musical fabric engages the ear as if it were charting sonic events in a shy and stuttering parallel universe.

...exhilarating project... rich rewards. It shows Eighth Blackbird as a force for good, and as a serious artistic collaborator on a very high scale, where the music entertains and pleases, and then goes on to something that provokes and stimulates.

© 2012 Gramophone
 
ZIPORYN, E.: Big Grenadilla / Mumbai (Das, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rose)

ZIPORYN, E.: Big Grenadilla / Mumbai (Das, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rose)
Cantaloupe Music: CA-21081
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-- By Anastasia Tsioulcas, US National Public Radio

Deceptive Cadence

By whatever name you call it Mumbai, Bombay, Bombaim India's largest city is a culturally complicated and gloriously layered place. Despite its main train station being officially redubbed Chhatraptai Shivaji Terminus some years ago, I've never met a Mumbaikar (Mumbai resident) who calls it anything other than Victoria (as in the British queen) Terminus, or VT. In the Mumbai suburb of Bandra stands the Portuguese-era Castella de Aguada, aka the Bandra Fort. Mumbai isn't so much a melting pot as it is like chaat, the addictive snack sold all along its Chowpatty Beach: simultaneously spicy, sweet, savory and sour.

Those kinds of balances have long fascinated composer Evan Ziporyn. Along with teaching... (read more)

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