%> H K Gruber Percussion / Colin Currie / Howard Shelley Mendelssohn . Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

GRUBER: Rough Music. Into the Open.
Colin Currie, ercussion. BBC Philharmonic Orch / John Storgaard, cond.

BACH: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1014 - 1019
Daniel Gaede, violin. Raphael Alpermann, harpsichord
TACET SACD 258 (2 disks) TT: 83:20

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Music Volume 5
Vaariations serieuses in D minor, Op .54. Chistmas Pieces, Op. 72. Variations in E flat, Op. 82. Condellied in A, WOO10. Ein Lied ohne Worte in F. Variations in B flat, Op. 83. Three Studies, Op. 104b. Three Preludes, Op. 104a. Lieder ohne Worte Book VI , Op. 56.
Howrd Shelley, piano
HYPERION CD CDA 68344 TT" 79:03

Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber (born January 3, 1943) is a descendent of Franz Xaver Gruber, composer of Silent Night. He prefers to be identified as HK Gruber, and has the nickname Nali. From 1953 - 1957 he was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir; because he snored during rehearsals, he was given the nickname Nali. The reason for this is unclear, but Gruber chose to keep this apallation throughout his life. He went on to play the double bass and began his conducting career. He was labeled a representative of the Third Viennese School. In 2009 Gruuber was appointed composer/conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He composed prolifically. He wrote a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma, two violin concertos, several works for trumpet virtuoso Hakan Hadenberger, and a piano concerto commissioned for Emanuel Ax who premiered it with the New York Philharmonic directed by Alan Gilbert. Since 2001 Gruber has had a close association with master percussionist Colin Currie. This disk includes two works composed for him, the first a three-movement work Rough Music which has three sections: Toberac, Sjivaaree, and Chariva. Then we have a three-movement 27-minute piece called "into the open.". Currie's program notes give detailed information about all of this music and what inspired it. This is a live recording from the BBC Proms July 20, 2015 in Royal Albert Hall conducted bt John Storgards. Rough Music was recorded December 6, 2013 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. This site has praised many recordings by Currie, and again he displays remarkable control of his army of instruments. Superb stereo audio throughout. A fascinating if rather brief (52:42) disk. You can see some of these performances on You Tube.

German violinist Daniel Gaede (b. 1966) already has made a number of fine recordings of music of Beethoven, Mozart, Kreisler an many other composers. Now he turns his attattention to Bach with this fine release of sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1014 - 1019). He is joined by veteran harpsichordist / organist Raphael Alpermann (b. 1960) who has made numerous recordings. Their supebr performances were recorded 2018 - 2019 in the warm acoustics of Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirsche. Tacet's engineers have done their usual superb job of creating a super-clear, well balanced sonic picture. The performances are generously spread over two disks with a total playaing time of 83:20 but the two sell for the priice of one. Recommended!

British pianist Howard Shelley (b. 1950) has had a remarkable career and is probably the most-recorded pianist. He has recorded much of the standard repertory including all of the Rachmaninoff concerted works, as well as numerous previously neglected woks by major as well as minor comoses.He also has many solo recordings and here continues his series of works of Mendelssohn (Volume 5), the major work being Variations serieuses, as well as sa number of brief gems. The recordings were made November 2019 in London's St. Silas the Marttyr, Kentish Town Hall. Shelley's beautiful sound is perfectly captured by the engineers. A welcome release!

R.E.B. (July 2021)