Reviews - Polly Nomial
Esprit des Balkans/Balkan Spirit - Jordi Savall
Today 08:10 am
Another marvellous disc from that musical traveller extraordinaire Jordi Savall! Here, there is poignancy to the project which plays heavily towards Savall's well documented pacifist beliefs. Moving from one area of the Balkans to another as Savall invites us to do here emphasises the similarity of ...
Wesendonck-Lieder with Nina Stemme
Today 07:14 am
This release of the ever refreshing "Opening Doors" series proves to be something of a curates egg. Along with the unusual features that often accompany releases these days (on this disc Wagner's original version of Der Fliegende Holländer is heard alongside the more familiar version as is the 5th ...
Variations on America - Rudolf Innig
Today 06:41 am
On paper, this disc looked very enticing & imaginative with a carefully thought through progression of music transcribed or written by Americans. Unfortunately the pedestrian performance of the Rossini transcription at no time sets the pulse racing in the great storm or galop sequences; the ...
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (arr. for 4 hands)
June 16, 2013
In both performance & sound terms, this is probably about as good as one could ever hear this music arranged for 4-hands, 1-piano. The Piano Duo Trenker/Speidel pace the music well and point up the material as best they can; there are few moments throughout the two symphonies where one quibbles at ...
Brahms: Complete chamber music for Clarinet - Ruiz Ferreres
June 6, 2013
Rather incredibly, this is (for all except the clarinet quintet) Audite's second release of Brahms' chamber music involving the clarinet on SACD (the earlier release is
Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music - Arthur Campbell
). In the clarinet sonatas, apart from fellow artists on the label, Laura Ruiz Ferreres is also up ...