Reviews - Geohominid
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 "Polish", Sleeping Beauty suite - Kitajenko
May 8, 2013
"As far as I can see this symphony presents no particularly successful ideas, but in workmanship it is a step forward. I am satisfied above all with the first movement and the two scherzos". Tchaikovsky said this after the première of his Third Symphony, perhaps stung by the vitriolic dismissal of ...
French Oboe Sonatas
May 3, 2013
Currently solo oboist in the Brussels Philharmonic, Joris Van den Hauwe is highly regarded as one of the most important ambassadors of the Flemish oboe school. As well as his orchestral work, he has appeared as soloist at a long line of international concert performances. Here he demonstrates the ...
Balbastre: Pièces de clavecin 1759
April 29, 2013
The French Baroque produced a wealth of harpsichord music, mainly to be played in the domestic settings of noble and upper middle class patrons. The music is of a very distinctive character, and two main periods can be discerned, pivoting around the works of François Couperin (1668–1733). French ...
Mozart, Hummel, Weber: Bassoon Concertos - Matthias Rácz
April 18, 2013
Young conductor Johannes Klumpp is evidently an advocate for the bassoon. In his copious notes, he writes about the history of bassoon concertos as well as neatly describing the four pieces on this disc. Klumpp reminds us that bassoon concertos had a Golden Age, stretching from the Baroque (Vivaldi, ...
Mendelssohn with the ACO
April 16, 2013
An elegant but sober front disc cover here gives little indication of the delights within. My first encounter with Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra was with his Bach Keyboard Concertos, soloist Angela Hewitt - impressive and notable. Now the ACO and Tognetti present two seminal products ...