GUBAIDULINA: Violin Concerto No. 3 "Dialogue: Ich
of God. The Light of the End.
Vadim Repin, violin. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orhestra / Andris Nelsons, cond.
GRAMMOPHON CD 002894861457 TT: 64 min.
MOZART: Allegro for Oboe and Orhestra in F, K. 293 (fragment completed
by Gotthard Odermatt). Concerto for Oboe and Harpsihord and Orhestra
in B flat after K. 299. Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, K. 538.
. Rondo in
C, K. 373. Non temer, amato bene, K. 505. Exsultate jubilate, K.
165. Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden from Die
aller from Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Dies Bildnis ist brzaubernd
schön from Die Zauberflöte. Lungi le cure
ingrate / Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinen herzen from Die
Zauberflöte. Lunge le cure omgrate from Davidde panotente.
Gran Adagio from Gran Partita, K. 361.
Mayer oboe; Vital Julian Frey, harpsichord.organ. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 1725 (2 disks) TT: 82:02 /
GRIEG: Haugtussa. 5 Digte, Op. 69. 6 Lieder, Op. 68. Songs.
Lise Davidsen, soprano. Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.
DECCA B0034877 TT: 79:48
CHOPIN: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante,
Op. 22. 4 Mazurkas, Op. 33. Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4. Etude
minor, Op. 25 No. 4. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1. Waltz
in A flat, Op. 42. Scherzo No. 4 Op. 54, Variations on La ci
darem la mano, Op. 2
Bruce Liu, piano
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 486 1555 TT: 65:30
Amazing Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina continues to write
imposing masterpieces.This disk is meant to be a celebration of her
90th birthday, She
has written three violin concertos, the first for Gidon Kremer, the second
for Anne-Sofie Mutter, and now the third, for Vadim
Repin, which was premiered by him and is heard on this recording in a
live performance in December 2019 in Leipzig (the premiere was in Noovosibirsk
in 2018). The concerto has the title Dialogue: I and You recalling
the eponymous study by philosopher of religion Martin Buber, describing
a world of opposites. The 17-minute work begins and ends softly
and darkly with the soloist often playing stratospheric high notes
interrupted by savage dissonant orchestral outbursts. It must be incredibly
difficult to play, and is an unusual addition the violin concerto repertory,
a dark venture into a challenged world. The symphonic poem The
Wrath of God is a fantasy written about the seventh movement
of Gubaidulena's oratorio On Love and Hatred. It is a vivid
depiction of the Day of Judgment ending in a shimmering positive climax.
other work, The Light of the End, was written for the Boston
Symphony where it had its premiere in 2003 conducted by Kurt Masur. CD
it is based on a fundamental conflict that characterizes the physics
of music, namely the irreconcilability between the natural overtone row
and tempered tuning. As a layman, I'm not sure just what that means,
but the 24-minute work surely is a masterpiece filled with sounds not
usually heard from an orchestra enduing with a remarkable affirmative
statement in which "the dazzling sonorities of cymbals afford
a ray of hope."
The recordings were made in the warm acoustics of the Gewandhaus, and
engineers have captured captured all of the magic mystic sounds to perfection.
All of these are world premiere reordings. A major release!
German master oboist Albrecht Mayer (b .1965) has been principal
oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1992. He has made many recordings
including a best-selling Mozart CD issued last year. Now we
have this deluxe reissue that augments the first with a bonus he displays
his long-time affection for works of Mozart. This
was a best-seller;
this deluxe reissue featuring adding new arrangements from
several operas. Again Mayer's beautiful tone and virtuosity are apparent;
this is a delightful issue, a two-for-the-price of one issue . In 1981
RCA issued a recording featuring famous British oboist Malcolm Messiter,
who was principal oboe of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. It featured
Pasculli's Concerto on Themes from Donizetti's La Favorita and
many charming shorter works arranged by conductor Charles Gerhardt.
This amazing LP (RCA RL 25367) to my knowledge was never issued
on CD. Collectors would welcome a similar disc featuring
Mayer. Let us hope.
Sseveral years ago this site praised a Decca recording
of music of Wagner and Richard Strauss
sung by Lise Davidsen (REVIEW).The Danish soprano
has made a number of other recordings; recently this site mentioned her
remarkable performance of Sibelius' Luonnotar (REVIEW). Her
latest is this collection of songs by Edvard Grieg highlighted by the
cycle Haugtussa accocmpanied by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Polished
performances indeed, but at times her voice seems a bit uncontrolled.
Grieg's songs are treasures of the repertory. To hear them at their
most moving, check the Pristine issue of 12 Grieg songs sung by Kirsten
Flagstad during a 1957 BBC concertt to commemorate the 50h anniversary
of he composer;s death. Even though Flagstad was at the end of her illustrious
career, she was in amazing vocal condition and her performances are
perfection. She sings many of the songs on this new disk showing a true
and understanding of the music. If you love mu this repertory you must
check out this recording (REVIEW). The Davidsen
disk includes complete texts an translations.
Bruce Liu was 24 in October 2021 when he won First Prixe in the 18th
International Fryderyk Chopin Competition. Born in Paris and raised in
Canada, he already
given many concerts and recitals. Thiese Chopin performances were reorded
during recitals at the Competition in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert
Hall. We have a wide array of Chopin's music including many virtuoso
of ease, and it is obvious why he won. First Prize.
R.E.B. (January 2022)