Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Haydn, Joseph. String Quartets, opus 64, No. 1,3,6. performed by Quatuor Mosaiques. Second rerun.

All is well said and explained about the music and performance. This set is a absolute must for all Haydn lovers, especially when it comes so cheap. For me its the best set around, easily. No competition.

Disc 6.

Bach, J.S. Complete Organ Works. Disc 6.

New acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO. Box with 22 cd's, and 165 page booklet in English, technical data in German.
Recording dates and engineer not specified in this release.
Recording venue: Monastery Grauhof Goslar, Germany.
Running time: 77:26.
See for all info and pictures of church and organ the following link. Its a beautiful PDF file.

Works performed:

1-2       Praeludium et Fuga in c BWV 545.
8-9      Praeludium et Fuga in d BWV 532.
22-23  Praeludium et Fuga in e BWV 548.
3-7      Orgelchorale-BWV 720/721/727/735/741.
10-21  Partite diverse sopra il Corale, "Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768.

Instrument played on:
Christoph Treutmann Organ, Kloster Grauhof, Goslar. (1734-37)
a'= 462 Hz. (Chorton)
Stimmung: ungleichschwebend nach Bach-Kellner.

Again a sublime follow up of disc 5, and thoroughly kind and well informed interpretation of Bach's organ works, that will please many and disappoint almost no one. I love the Organ Chorales most. These works transcends for me all that is earthly and reflect the most coherent picture of what we term celestial bliss. BWV 721 is such a beautiful piece. A fine instrument, brought back to its original state, with a astoundingly colourful register. All the modernities of the 19th and early 20th century are removed thank God!  The recording is very faithful, be sure to add the right volume on your system, the sound will bloom in a fantastic way with the right energy behind it. The performance is beyond reproach.

Galuppi, Baldassare. (1706-1785) Manuscript Sonatas for Harpsichord. Disc 4. Second Rerun.

This box will stay in my playing list for some time, so I may totally absorb the genius of Galuppi, who is as a composer absurdly underestimated. If these works are anything to go by, we have a man of Vivaldi's stature, and as an added bonus a few better works too!
I have little else to say about this set and disc 4 as, grab this box. You most definitely want this in your collection. As to performance and sound there are no wishes open to this musical rewarding set. I am not often blowing the trumpets high above in my ivory tower, but now I do!

Disc 4, Sonatas 17-25.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Neukomm, Sigismund. (1778-1858) Orchestral Works. Second Rerun.

I am sorry for not writing for a long time, but circumstances in my private life force me to divert a lot of my time to someone else, that needs my attention.
I was however able to listen to this fabulous disc again. For me this is a "find" A real pleaser, with some high quality music on it. Recommended.
See my earlier review.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some new CD'S I ordered, not well known names, but good music nevertheless.

Galuppi, Baldassare, Manuscript Sonatas for Harpsichord.. Disc III. [Second Rerun)

Cannot get enough from these fabulous works.
See review, its from the first disc, but what's in there is applicable to disc three.

Gluck, Christoph Willibald von. (1714-1787) Ballet Music, Don Juan. [Second and Third Rerun]

See previous review.

Rosenmuller, Johann. (1619-1684) Sonatas 1682. [Second Rerun]

See previous review.

New Acquisition. Panufnik, Andrzej. (1914-1991) Orchestral Works, Volume 5.

New Acquisition.
Bought in July 2013.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: October-December 2010.
Recording venue: Konzerthaus Berlin. Germany.
Recording engineer: Hajo Seiler.
Running time: 67:13.

Works performed:
Metasinfonia for Organ, Timpani and Strings. ( Symphony No. 7)
Sinfonia Votiva. ( Symphony No. 8)
Concerto Festiva.

Performed by: 

Jorg Strodthoff,  Organ.
Michael Oberaigner, Timpani.
Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Lukasz Borowicz.

For me the most important element is the balance of Zen in this music. It may not always be straightforward, and sometimes the melody line goes out of the picture, but the chaos ensuing has again a balance that keeps all together. Apart from that is very hard to capture the essence of Panufnik's work in words. You either like it or dislike it, there is no middle way with him.  
The Metasinfonia has a very dark introduction, and at the same time carries a desolate emptiness, that is devastating in its expression. It penetrates your mind, and the blows are as if from a sledgehammer. There is a forward thrust that is very insistent.  It adds to the weight of the music, and is very disciplined in its structure, and has a almost unfathomable depth.
Sinfonia Votiva again has this Zen element, especially in the first movement, A Japanese Zen garden is created in music, with bells and dripping water at a constant pace. Also emerging is this utter stillness, which is colouring the music predominantly.
Concerto Festivo has all the elements of the previous pieces, with a second movement  that is breathtaking and reveals all its beauty in one big sweep.. One has to listen to capture the essence of Panufnik's music, there is no other way.
The sound and performance is exemplary.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gilse, Jan van. (1881-1944) Orchestral Works. [New Acquisition]

New Acquisition.
Bought in July 2014.
First listen.\
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: August 2010.
Recording venue: Enschede Muziek Centrum, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Holger Urbach.
Running time: 62:33.

Works performed:
 Symphony No. 4 in A major.
Funeral Music on the Death of Uilenspiegel.
Concert Overture in C minor.

Performed by: 
Netherlands SO, David Porcelijn.

Jan van Gilse is also a forgotten composer. And again not warranted by lack of quality, on the contrary, Van Gilse has much to offer as is to be heard on this CD, which starts with the contemplative Fourth Symphony that impresses by its sheer volume of finely chiseled melodies, which will give you an easy access to his emotional input. Just listen to the fabulous third movement marked, Slow and quietly. If you hear Brahms in his music than that fact is not alien, albeit van Gilse's harmonies are very much of the late romantic era, and he never leaves that realm. And also added is this unmistakable magical touch very much in a Dutch vein that you will hear everywhere, be it Diepenbrock, or Andriessen, and certainly Zweers. Van Gilse can open this world in a magnificent way, virtually blooming and oozing with brilliancy. A fine work! I like this Symphony very much. Its very relaxed and full of musical surprises.
Uilenspiegel is an impressive work, scored for large orchestra, and has some fine examples into the darker side of van Gilse, especially at the end of the composition where doom is getting at you in a forcible way.
Despite the fact that the Concert Overture was the first serious attempt of van Gilse to write for orchestra, and so is a students work, its remarkable in its own way. Melodious, with enough emotional weight it is a lighthearted piece of music, with some drama added, and not bereft of quality. As a first attempt I would say its pretty good. The serenades by Johannes Brahms must have been his inspiration.
The performance is good, as is the recording. 

New Acquisition. Andriessen, Hendrik. (1892-1981) Orchestral Works Vol. I.

New Acquisition. 
Bought in July 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: July 2011.,
Recording venue: Enschede Muziek Centrum, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Holger Urbach.
Running time: 56:45.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 1. (1930)
Ballet Suite. (1947)
Symphonic Etude. (1952)
Kuhnau Variations. (1935)

Performed by:
Netherlands SO, David Porcelijn.

Andriessen may have been a very influential composer and educator, it does not take the fact away that by and by he is largely forgotten in a broad sense. Of course all that matter in the musical world know him and his accomplishments, but in the larger classical listener field he is a big question mark. And this is as so often not warranted. Andriessen is a remarkable and versatile composer, that can easily hold its trousers up against his contemporaries anywhere in the world. In this sense he was unlucky as many to have been forgotten. The more it is to be applauded that CPO took up the challenge and started recording him amongst other Dutch composers. They will not get rich by it, but earn gratitude in bunches from music lovers. I am one of them!
If you would have to sum up the characteristics of Andriessen's music it would be thus:  Calm, serene, contemplation, devotion, think Dukas, Roussel, and Cesar Franck, and you have a pretty good picture of the music he composed. There is unmistakable a touch of magic and fairy tale elements throughout the works on this CD, especially in the ballet Suite, second movement.
Andriessen started very late with orchestral music, but that might have be conducive to the serene quality of it all. His first symphony was composed over a period of 10 years. Its a condensed work, brimful with small scale melodies, united in a culmination of gorgeous harmonies. Neo classical, but in essence very romantic in nature. It is so well scored as all the works on this CD, that one marvels at every note, melody and turns in keys. The Ballet Suite was composed without having the bodily movements in mind for the dancers, but it is a fact that writing a choreography for it, would be simple, for the music is in a real sense very balletic in nature. Andriessen was a composer who wrote music that he liked, and did not subcum to modernistic musical idiocies. He remained true to tonal melody and harmony. Pure ballet music, magnificently written.
The Symphonic Etude is a monothematic score, that has Andriessen experimenting into some unknown territory. The musical flow is finely wrought, and the emotional intensity is overwhelming. The contrapuntal technique he is using  in the Adagio part did truly impress me more as I ever had expected, such beauty, ethereal really. You do not hear this that often! It ends in a jubilant and passionate tone. A pristine composition.
The Kuhnau variations made Andriessen's name internationally. He was hugely applauded and respected for these brilliant works, and rightly so, its a musical marvel from beginning to end. It is written for String orchestra, and this gives it an extra dimension, its melodies float as if in midair. The writing is so intricate, yet so gentle, that it barely touches ground, it has a overwhelming sense of otherworldliness. As if written for the entrance of Angels on earth, a poetic evocation of celestial brilliance. This CD is certainly a top recommendation. The recording does full justice to the music, as the performance of this orchestra. I heard previous recordings of them, and they were in the second tier, but this is clearly first tier. Very concentrated playing, and an amazing observation of all details. Porcelijn is a Dutch treasure in the field of unknown composers. Never heard anything by him which was less than excellent.

Friday, July 18, 2014

New acquisition. Rosenmuller, Johann. (1619-1684) Sonatas 1682.

New acquisition.
Bought in July 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates:  Not given. That's a first with CPO.
Recording venue: Nurnberg, Germanisches National Museum, Aufsesssaal.
Recording engineer: Reinhold Forster.
Running time: 67:59.

Works performed:

Sonate a 2,3,4 e 5 stromenti da Arco & altri.

Performed by:

Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson.

The music by Rosenmuller actually needs no recommendation, it recommends itself. The creative level of his music, especially these concertos, is that high that one can almost speak of masterworks. The fact that he had to fled to |Italy during this creative process, only helped him to assimilate other influences, and made his music even more interesting. If you look at a picture of this man, you see a sensitive and vulnerable human being, bursting with talent. It was a good decision to leave Germany, for homosexuality was a deadly sin, and his career would have been at a end if he would have stayed. No one seemed to mind in Italy, for he has a flourishing career, and eventually returned to Germany. His works were performed and have great success, despite! For me this disc is a marvel, and is highly recommended. The performance is first rate as is the recording.

New acquisition. Gluck, Christoph Willibald von. !1714-1787) Ballet, "Don Juan"or The Feast of the Stone.

New acquisition.
Bought in July 2014.
First listen.
Label: Warner Apex. Original Erato recording.
Recording dates: March 1981.
Recording venue: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, England.
Recording engineer: Yolanta Skura.
Running time:  44:24.

Works performed: 
Ballet "Don Juan".

Performed by:

English Baroque Ensemble, John Eliot Gardiner.

The ballet was first performed in 1761, and was by all accounts a great success.  It was also a influential work certainly in this genre. The scenario was by Gasparo Angiolino, ballet master at the court of Vienna. In my ears this ballet music ranks among the best I have heard, and the performance is extraordinary fine. Yolanta Skura made an almost state of the art recording. I really enjoyed it very much, and for ballet buffs this is a must. A great pleasure!

New Acquisition, Neukomm, Sigismund. (1778-1858) Orchestral Works.

New acquisition.
Bought in July 2014
First listen.
Label: CPO
Recording dates: January 2010.
Recording venue: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Koln, Germany.
Recording engineer: Ernst Hartmann.
Running time: 63:02.

Works performed:

Fantasie a Grand Orchestra, opus 9.
Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise lost.
Fantasie a grand Orchestra.
Grande Sinfonie heroique, opus 19.

Performed by:

Die Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens.

Neukomm's life reads like a book full of successes. In his personal life, as well in his musical career there was nothing that went the wrong way. He could read fluently when four, at five he could write correctly, and shortly afterwards got tuition from a Salzburg Cathedral organist Weissauer. At six he played the organ, with weissauer doing the pedals, but he was skilled on most orchestral instrument, with a love for the Flute. After this instruction from no one less then Michael Haydn. At 14 Neukomm was allowed to serve as his teacher's substitute  on the organ. And from there the honours and successes build his reputation, for he numbered among Europe's most highly esteemed composers. At the end of his life he was considered a relic from a bygone era, he was valued personally, but his music was quickly forgotten. In 1815 Neukomm was awarded the "Legion of Honor" .
I knew Neukomm from some miscellaneous chamber music, and was pleased with it, though it did not prepare me for the excellence of his Orchestral music, not in a long stretch. Make no mistake in underestimating this composer, for he was as good and at times a  better orchestrator as Beethoven. Every note fits with him. His melodies are spot on, and his writing for all instruments has me in awe. You will never be bored with him in any of the recorded works. What knocked me flat was the Dramatic Fantasia, such creativity took me completely by surprise, but that could be equally said of the first three works. His Great Symphony is indeed great, and remember he did not know the music by Beethoven, so any reference you might find is purely coincidental.  Added to all this a very fine recording, plus a fabulous performance by this orchestra, and you have a CD which you might not want to miss. Recommended. 

Ferrara, Franco. (1911-1985) Orchestral Works. [Second Rerun]

A perfect blast from the past.
See first review.

Galuppi, Baldassare. (1706-1785) Manuscript Sonatas for Harpsichord. CD II. Sonatas 7-11. [Second Rerun]

See review:

What wonderful music and ditto performances these are.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Galuppi, Baldassare. (1706-1785) Manuscript harpsichord sonatas. Disc, I. Sonata 1-6. Second rerun.

See review.

Schwantner, Joseph. (b. 1943) Orchestral Works, Third rerun.

See my review.

Bach, J.S. Complete Organ Works. Volume 5.

New acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO. Box with 22 cd's.
Recorded between: 1997-2008.
Recording venue: St. Marien Church, Angermunde, Germany.
Recording engineer: Not mentioned.
Running time: 67:22.

Joachim Wagner Organ, 1742-44.
Stimmung: ungleichschwebend, nach Silbermann II.
Tonhohe: a ' = 448Hz.

Only in German.

Praeludium et Fuga in g, BWV 535, in G, BWV 550, in a, BWV 543.
Orgelchorale, 9 movements. BWV: 715/16/17/22/23/24/29/39.
Trio in d, BWV 583.
Pastorella in f, BWV 590.

Performed by Gerhard Weinberger.

A wonderful mix of Bach's organ works, brilliantly played and recorded on a organ that makes your heart leap. So far in this box, I have not been disappointed. As to the works I can say that in my ears they sound perfectly balanced. As to the history and technical background I would like to point you towards internet, where there is a abundant amount of info. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Acquisition. Bate,Stanley. (1911-1959) Arnell, Richard. (1917-2009) Chisholm, Erik. (1904-1965) Orchestral Works. [All works are World Premiere Recordings]

New Acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: Dutton.
Recording dates: September 2009.
Recording venue: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow.
Recording engineer: Dexter Newman.
Running time: 74:15

Works performed:

Stanley Bate.
Symphony No. 3. (1940)

Richard Arnell.
Prelude-"Black Mountain", opus 46. (1946)
Robert Flaherty-Impressions, opus 87. (1958)

Erik Chisholm.
Pictures from Dante, (after Dore). (1948)

Performed by:
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates.

In my opinion one of Stanley Bates best Symphonies, this war time composition pulls out so much beauty of this composer, that especially in the second movement goosebumps ripple my skin. But the first movement also has a mix of real time realism mixed with ethereal spiritual inklings, with some beautiful scoring every where in the orchestra, and this is something that is a constant in the whole work, which will not leave you untouched. The third movement starts with insistent Violins and Brass, sort of an emergency call, take up your strength and fight. A march like tempo steers into bravery and defiance towards aggression and oppression. A mighty machinery is unleashed for it, and that is what you hear in the Presto beginning, very effectively I might add. Again the scoring is pretty awesome, that leads to a combative conclusion, with even a fugato in the bargain, and you hear the return of motives from the earlier movements, finely integrated into this last movement. The closing chords are awe inspiringly effective.
 The Prelude the "Black Mountain" by Richard Arnell, is a impressive short work, a power packed energizer, with some pretty fine scoring. Impressionistic and moody opening with slow chords on the cellos and basses divisi, never heard it quite like that but boy is that beautiful! 
Robert Flaherty must have meant a lot to Arnell, for this work is one of the most beautiful compositions I heard so far from him. Effectively its a set of Symphonic variations, and has some American influences in it, like a bit of Copland and probably Virgil Thomson, and even more, but lets leave that aside, and instead admire the music Arnell wrote. It has many moods and emotions, imagine beauty and beyond that, a almost untouchable serenity, a wealth of details, one better as the other in ever increasing steps of genius, ending with some strokes on the harp into bliss! This is awfully gorgeous!
Erik Chisholm is a different kettle of fish altogether, and his pictures from Dante, sound to me like the title music of the film Ben Hur, or Spartacus with the heroic Kirk Douglas., a clash of an orchestra in extremis, that finds only relieve at the very end of the piece in a lamenting almost wailing manner. Never heard it before, and absolutely interesting, going over in Paradiso so tranquil, and I rather like that more, although I could again relate this music to any given Hollywood film about the lives and works of Jesus Christ. That's not a criticism, but rather a pointer towards the mood and peculiar approach. His orchestration is at all times creative, and the way he handles the melodic content, too, certainly if you imagine that he uses a very large orchestra. I have to get more into this composer!  Amazing a Scottish hell and heaven. Must be a turbulent place there!

The performances and recording as always is superb.

New Acquisition. German, Edward. (1862-1936) Orchestral Works

New Acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: Dutton.
Recording dates: May 2005.
Recording venue: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England.
Recording engineer: Dexter Newman and Chris Bolster.
Running time: 77:19.

Works performed:
Overture-The Tempter. (1893)
Prelude-Romeo and Juliet. (1895)
Hamlet-Symphonic Poem. (1897)
The Willow Song. (1922)
Symphony No. 1 in E minor. (1890)

Performed by:
BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson.

Arrived today out of back order it went straight into my player, to hear if it would match the excellence of the previous disc I have bought from the same forces. And it is, no disappointments here if you know what to expect. The first four works on this CD have all their unique stamp, in that it is melodious, creative, and imminently satisfying music. He composes with a friendly outlook, never overstressing things into absurdity, but always keeping a fine balance in the scoring. German was never finished with a work, even though what was published he kept improving, and striking the weak elements by replacing them with better options. So the gestation time lasted his whole life.  Still there is enough left to hear how he grows in musical knowledge, and that he knows exactly where to correct and where to leave the score as it was. His first Symphony bears a lot of influences of Dvorak, albeit with his own flavour over it. He aims to give pleasure with his compositions, and the end result after listening to it is one of contentment. He may not be the most innovative composer, or technically the most skilled, but he certainly knew how to write good tunes. The third movement "Menuetto Grazioso" is a joy. His scoring is eminent within his capabilities, and is not to be faulted, even though there are some structural weaknesses in this Symphony. Overall I enjoyed it and had my fun with it,  and maybe it is not great music, but you will return to it with pleasure nevertheless.
Fine sound and pristine performances.

Bach, CPE. (1714-1788) Complete Organ Music. Vol. 2.

New acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
CD II, running time: 65:55.
Label: Brilliant. Slimline box, 2 cd's.
Recording dates: November 2013.
Recording venue: Vigliano, Biellese, Italy.
Recording engineer: Luigi Faggi Griglioni.

Instrument: Dell"Orte & Lanzini organ, 2007, at the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

Review disc 1.

Performed by: Luca Scandali.

At the second disc I come to the same conclusion, that these performances/interpretation score high on my list. First of all because of the thoughtful playing, giving the music every ounce of credit it deserves, the modern albeit fantastic sounding organ, and the excellent recording. The son of the great Bach may not have written much for the instrument as I said earlier when reviewing disc 1, but what he wrote is a condensed utterance of his genius. Just take as a sound sample the Fugue in A, Wq 119, No. 4, how wonderfully written and played here, or the one in D minor, topped by a absolutely gorgeous Adagio in D minor, Wq n.v. 66, which will let your heart melt. This set is actually a no brainer, take my word for it.

Stumbled over this reissue of ballet music, which I did not know, so it is ordered....

Added to my collection of ballet music, for it was according to my database not in my possession. 

Galuppi, Baldassare. (1708-1785) Manuscript Sonatas for Harpsichord. Disc 4. No. 17-25.

New Acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: Newton Classics. Box with 4 cd's and a decent booklet added.
Recording dates: April 2000.
Recording venue: Centro studi claviere, Vittorio Veneto, Treviso, Italy.
Recording engineer: P. Correr.
Running time: 64:32.

The first three cd's were already a huge success with me, and this disc is a worthy close to what I have undergone with this music. I certainly did not expect such excellence. Good music yes, but overwhelming in its beauty, to be frank, no! But such it is, when least expecting a wonder is born. And to get such fine interpretations plus a excellent instrument, recorded in a friendly acoustic, is a bonus that will keep my attention to this music for quite some time. Never a moment of boredom, overflowing with colours, and infectious melodies, little pearls ripped from the neck of a woman and shattering over the floor, the sound of that, and the crystal clear tinkling of every pearl hitting the tiles, this is my image....the pearls are ripped off in passionate gesture of love...of course, what else did you think? :)
Buy it its worth every penny you pay for it. 4 discs for 9 euro's.

( See also other reviews through the search box to note: Disc 1, 28-6-2014, Disc 2, 30-6-2014, Disc 3, 8-7-2014.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

George Chadwick, Orchestral Works, Second rerun.

See for my thoughts this review.

Bach, J.S. Complete Organ Works, Volume 4.

New acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO, box with 22 cd's, and a booklet in English. (165 pages)
Recording dates are between 1997-2008.
Recording engineer probably: Werner Czesla.
Recording venue 1: Village Church, Haina, im Grabfeld, Southern Thuringia. Tracks, 1-19
Recording venue 2: St Blasii Zella-Mehlis,  Tracks  20-37.
Running time: 73:15.

Instrument 1, Nicolaus Seeber Organ, 1718-20. a = 484 Hz.
Cannot find a link for this organ.
Instrument 2, Johann Caspar Rommel Organ, 1778-79. a = 480 Hz.
No link to this organ and disposition either, but I have a picture.

Works on instrument 1:
Partite diverse sopra il Corale, "O, Gott, du frommer Gott" BWV 767. 9 tracks.
Orgelbuchlein-Chorale >> Sine Tempore<<. 8 tracks.
Fuga in h ( uber ein Thema von Corelli) BWV 579. 
Praeludium in G, BWV 568.

Works on instrument 2:
Fuga in c ( Uber ein Thema vom Legrenzi) BWV 574.  
Orgelbuchlein, 5 tracks.
Fuga in G, BWV 578.
Partite diverse sopra il Corale, "Ach was soll ich Sunder machen. BWV 770.
Praeludium in A, BWV 569.

Performed by Gerhard Weinberger.

I start with saying that this is bloody marvelous. First of all you get some pretty perfect examples of Bach's art. for instance from the Orgelbuchlein "Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ"a 2 Clav et Ped, BWV 639, and "Alle Menschen mussen Sterben"BWV 643, going to "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier distinctius" BWV 633, ( Spatfassung), and to the solemn and very spiritual "Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 578. And what about the Fuga in G, BWV 578, that nearly took my breath away. The cantus firmus on (two manuals of different registration) has me all at attention, and I hear the music evolve in such clear lines. That is due to some remarkable playing by Weinberger. I have a slight preference for the Rommel organ, but both instruments are marvelous, as is the recording.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Newly ordered today

Andreas Hammerschmidt. Four Suites from the collection "Erster fleiss. (1639) Third rerun. Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall.

See my review from 25-5-2014.

New Acquisition. Galuppi, Baldassare. (1706-1785) Manuscript sonatas for Harpsichord. No. 12-16. Disc III.

New Acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: Newton Classics. Box with four discs.
Recording dates: June 1998.
Recording venue: Centro studi Claviere, Vittorio Veneto, Treviso, Italy.
Recording engineer: P. Correr.
Running time: 56:45.

Instrument: Dual-manual Pierre Donzelague, copied by Malcolm Rose.

Played by: Olario Gregoletto.

(See other reviews of the first two discs, links available about the instrument and artist.)

I can only repeat what I did in the earlier disc, in that this is truly wonderful music, and a fine addition to your classical collection. Virtuosic and brilliant music, perfectly recorded and performed. 
Four discs for just 9 euro's is a no brainer.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Borgia Dynasty. Vol. I. Paths to power: the origins and expansion of a dynasty. (ca. 1238-1492)

The origins and rise of the Borgia Family.
The Demise of the Three Cultures, and the conquest of power: The Vatican.

I start yet again for the third time this fascinating journey through the age of the Borgia family. Music that gives great comfort, in musical and spiritual ways. Recommended to all with a passion for the age and the inherent culture translated into music.
See also previous reviews through the search box.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bach, J.S., Complete Organ Works, Volume III. Orgelbuchlein.

New Acquisition.
Bought in June 2014.
First listen.
Label: CPO. Box, 22 discs.
Recording dates: Between 1997-2008.
Recording venue: Nidarosdom Trondheim, Norway.
Recording engineer: Werner Czesla.
Running time: 68:31.
a'=453 Hz.

To know that it was Bach's intention to write even more Chorale as he did is a tantalizing thought. He arranged manuscripts for 164 chorale. Its a great loss for us, that he did not compose all 164 as he planned to do. I consider the chorales like Albert Schweitzer, a dictionary of Bach's musical language, and its always a great joy to hear them, certainly on this fine organ, of which I provided a link as well as the Cathedral. Its worth to look at the instrument and its history.
Weinberger plays in a very poetic style, lets the Chorale breath, and creates a always perfect balance in the registers.

Agostino Guerrieri, (c.1630-1662) Sonate di Violino q., Opera Prima in Venetia 1673. ( Selection)

Third rerun of a disc, of which I think needs all the attention it can get. For we have some very fine music in pristine performances here, of a composer that is hardly known in the classical world. It has all the requirements to be in your collection, for the price is almost a give away.
See my previous review.

As a singer in the Cathedral of Milan, Guerrieri composed the Sonate di Violini. This is his only known collection and contains parts for double harp, theorbo and bass viol in several of the sonatas. The volume contains compositions by other composers, suites and variations, and a dedication by Guerrieri to a nun from Genoa.

Juon, Paul, (1872-1940) The String Quartets, CD 1.

New acquisition. Purchase year: 2018. First listen: 17-3-2018. Label: CPO. CD 1 from 2. Recording dates: January 2014. Venue: Studio I...