Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 30 in E major, Op 109 (17:32)
Ivan Ilić, piano
Ivan Ilić is a pianist with a wide-ranging curiosity, reflected in his many recordings. After exploring the groundbreaking music of Morton Feldman, Ilić returns to the basics on his latest album. He performs the Second Partita by J.S. Bach, Three Intermezzi, Op 117, by Brahms, and Beethoven’s Sonata No 30.
Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas (5:35); Danza de los ojos verdes (3:48); Danza gitana (3:21)
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra / Pablo González
Revered as one of the greatest Spanish composers for the piano, Enrique Granados also wrote a wide-ranging body of orchestral music. His one-act opera Goyescas contains an intensely lyrical Intermezzo that is his most popular work and one of the best-loved pieces in all Spanish music. The gypsy-tinged orientalism of Danza de los ojos verdes and Danza gitana contrast with the somber and epic La nit del mort and the ambitious large-scale symphonic poem Dante.
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (6:24)
Géza Hosszu-Legocky, violin; Martha Argerich, piano
Luis Bacalov: Porteña (Latitud 34°36’30”) (22:19)
Martha Argerich & Eduardo Hubert, pianos; Swiss Italian Orchestra / Alexander Vedernikov
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op 114 (26:52)
Paul Meyer, clarinet; Gautier Capuçon, cello; Nicholas Angelich, piano
In June 2016, Martha Argerich – both a phenomenal pianist and a much-loved mentor to young musicians – celebrates her 75th birthday before hosting the 15th edition of the Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival in Switzerland. These 3 CDs bring together thrilling performances from the 2015 Progetto, where Argerich was joined by such eminent musicians as Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon and Lilya Zilberstein and by a dazzling array of young talent.
Debussy: La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) (32:29)
Seattle Symphony / Ludovic Morlot
Stravinsky’s much-loved ballet Petrushka receives a beautiful performance in this live recording by the Seattle Symphony. Alongside this titan of a work is the little-known children’s ballet by Debussy, La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box). The Stravinsky recording is part of the Symphony’s ongoing live performance recording series of orchestral works by the composer, following The Rite of Spring released in 2014.
Schnittke: Suite in Old Style (15:26)
Roman Mints, viola d’amore; Olga Martynova, harpsichord; Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, percussion
Russian violinist Roman Mints plays the music of Alfred Schnittke on his latest album. Mints says, “Schnittke’s works for violin and piano cover every period of his creative life, and could even be an ideal guide to his world. For anyone who didn’t live in the Soviet Union, this might be hard to understand, but for me, this music is precisely about us, about that life, those pains, those joys, about the things you couldn’t say out loud but which you could whisper in the ear.”
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor (33:32)
Nicholas Angelich, piano
One of the most respected pianists of his generation, American Nicholas Angelich has a firm reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. As the title of his new album suggests, the repertoire Angelich has selected comes full circle, by way of dedications from three of the 19th century’s greatest pianist/composers. Schumann’s Kreisleriana was dedicated to Chopin, two of Chopin’s Op 10 Etudes were dedicated to Liszt, and Liszt’s B minor Piano Sonata was dedicated to Schumann.
Taverner: Western Wynde Mass: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei (13:16)
Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O’Donnell
This album holds two of the undisputed choral masterpieces from sixteenth-century England, by one of the greatest English composers: John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Western Wynde Mass. The five hundred years since the works’ genesis disappear in these sublime performances from the Westminster Abbey Choir and director James O’Donnell.
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 82 (20:17)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits
Nicola Benedetti’s new album is a journey between two different, yet connected, concertos for violin. Glazunov’s 1904 work is separated from his pupil Shostakovich’s 1957 concerto, not only by 40 years, but also by several landmark events in history. Benedetti says, “The works are polar opposites in their emotional expression, orchestral color, formally and technically, and reflect the enormous shift in compositional trends during the first part of the 20th century.”
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D 956 (50:11)
Miró Quartet; Matt Haimovitz, cello
This release is the fifth album in the Pentatone Oxingale series. Two of Franz Schubert’s great masterpieces are combined here: his Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A Minor, D 821, and the String Quintet in C Major, D 956. Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz performs the arpeggione part, alongside pianist Itamar Golan.
Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op 65 (21:27)
Andrea Rost, soprano; Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Thomas Quasthoff, baritone; James Levine & Yefim Bronfman, pianos
This full evening of Brahms lieder took place at the 2003 Verbier Festival. Performed in the spirit of true chamber music, with characterful voices and a feeling of mutual sympathy, the singers and their accompanists displayed a wide range of mood, color, blend and individuality.