Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music
Hits of concert halls and premiere recordings of little-known composers. Young virtuosos are nuggets and collectives with a century-old history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue our review of contemporary classical music recordings released at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. We tell you in the genre of “Classics for dummies” – in simple words about pleasant works that are worth listening to in any case.
Seong-Jin Cho, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe “Mozart: Piano Concerto N°20 K466-Sonatas K281 & K332″ ” I Love playing Mozart, but not because he is lighter than other composers, just his music is very joyful. And multi-layered, ” says Cho Sung-Jin. And he believes that Mozart’s music is “operatic”, so it is worth playing it not very strictly, but— freely.In fact, it is a phenomenon in itself. A young nugget from the Seoul Conservatory, where no stars came out, he has already started winning international competitions since the age of 15 (later, in 2011 — the III prize of the International competition named after him. P. I. Tchaikovsky; in 2015 won the international Chopin piano competition in Warsaw) and signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. In Moscow, the late Nikolai Petrov himself spoke of him in excellent terms, noting especially the sound and sensuality of the young musician.In 2016, DG released his phenomenal performance of Chopin’s First Concerto, two years later-this album, with Mozart. Here is the popular piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor (the third movement of which anticipates the finale of the 40th Symphony), where the orchestra plays tightly and with drive, and the pianist in extensive solo pieces — thoughtfully, with brilliance and feeling. There was an almost jazzy feeling of freedom and joy. And in the Sonatas, it has only increased.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Rikke Sandberg ” Stolen Moments. Johannes Brahms. Solo Piano Works”a little more about famous piano works in new interpretations. Rikke Sandberg from Denmark, of course, is not as stellar as the previous comrade, but a master. Romantic and moderately pompous piano Brahms-this is probably for all tastes.The absolute hit here is Bach’s d minor Partita for solo violin in a Brahms transcription (for the left hand) and arranged by Sandberg herself. Apparently, her super-task was to “fix” something from the classics; a pleasant play-in places it seems like a kind of minimalism in the Baroque styles!Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks “Beethoven: Mass in C Major & Leonore Overture No. 3 ” Finally, the most new year, Christmas and generally spirit-raising. The holidays are over, of course, but it will do for the winter, for the whole year, and until next Christmas. The choir and Symphony orchestra of the Bavarian radio under the leadership of the outstanding conductor Maris Janssons perform Beethoven’s Mass in C major (1807) with both power and transparency, pathos and subtlety.A late Beethoven that takes your breath away, in simple terms, if. And a very nice ending of the album-Overture of the Opera “Leonora” No. 3.Apple.Music, Deezer
Elan Quintet “Georges Onslow: String Quintets, Vol. 3-Nos. 28 and 29 ” The name of this composer is not known to everyone, but it is more interesting. Andre Georges Louis Onslow was a French composer of English origin who lived and worked in the first half of the nineteenth century. The most authoritative publication on classical music, the grove dictionary, notes that Onslow is “one of the few French composers of his time whose work was centered on chamber and instrumental music.” He wrote more than 70 string quartets and quintets, and a dozen piano trios. And the best of his works, according to the expert assessment of the compilers of the dictionary, “are characterized by an interesting, memorable thematicism and testify to the extraordinary and versatile skill of their author.”Onslov is an interesting person: rich, independent, French on his mother’s side, English on his father’s side, who traveled around Europe and listened to all the best-modern. A kind of major who was engaged in pure art, playing music for his own pleasure. The oxymoron man: an Amateur and a strong original composer at the same time.Elan Quintet has been recording Onslow’s chamber music for several years, and often it is a premiere recording at all. And the music, meanwhile, is very interesting and exciting: Onslov is a melodist from God, besides a master who worked for himself, without orders from the powerful, as was then customary. And his music sounds somehow stylish, sorry for such a utilitarian term, and modern. This could be called the lounge of the century before last, but it is much, much deeper.Apple.Music
Les Siecles & Francoise Xavier Roth “Claude Debussy: Jeux” 2018-the centenary of Debussy’s death. We wrote about a series of albums with piano works by Debussy on the Harmonia Mundi label in the last review. And this one, with orchestral works performed on instruments of that era, begins right with the textbook work of the French composer: “Afternoon rest of the Faun” (see the video, “Rest” is conducted by Roth, but the orchestra is different).In itself-a wonderful subtle thing, with such a kind of shimmering melodism, but also leads to less obvious works, Jeux and “Nocturnes”. Conducted by the famous Francois Xavier Roth, flute soloist of the Les Siecles orchestra.