Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

August 2006

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Vivaldi - Violin Concertos

Vivaldi - Violin Concertos


Vivaldi:

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV331

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in C RV190

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV325

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in D RV217

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G RV303


World Premiere Recordings

“Six unfamiliar concertos… show how skilled Vivaldi was at turning baroque clichés in unexpected directions. Carmignola finds wit in the first, and tenderness in the second, all articulated through subtle rubato which grows naturally out of the music. ...he's admirably partnered by the orchestra, which phrases sensitively, and knows when to attack the music, and when to be more yielding. A sparkling issue.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 *****

“Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra here return to the all-Vivaldi format which has so far served them well. Given that the concertos on this release are advertised as world premiere recordings, that seems sensible enough. The mushrooming of the Vivaldi catalogue means that the excitement of hearing 'new' works can be as immediate as if he were still working among us today; and where we used to know but a handful of (mostly early) concertos, we are now becoming more aware of different stylistic periods, as well as the cross-fertilisation with other areas of his output.
Three of the works here show affinities with vocal works from the 1720s, when the brusque energy of the L'estro armonico concertos had been left behind in favour of something more dance-like; the other two are in the expansive, laid-back style of the 1730s. It is a little voyage of discovery, then, with the scenery including much harmonic resource and violinistic devilry.
There are no surprises in the performances though: they are as purringly beautiful as ever from these artists. Carmignola dashes around Vivaldi's scampering passagework and giant leaps with an easy control and consistency of good tone, and the Venice Baroque Orchestra are worthy partners – their surging rivers of sound in the finale of RV325 give a real thrill. Indeed, while one can imagine violinists of the Manze or Biondi kind finding more drama or humour in this music, it is otherwise hard to find anything to fault in these Rolls-Royce performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Ireland - String Quartets

Ireland - String Quartets


Ireland:

String Quartet No. 1 in D minor

The Holy Boy

String Quartet No. 2 in C minor


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L’invitation au voyage

L’invitation au voyage

Mélodies from La belle époque


 

Soupir

Sully Prudhomme

Paul (1852–1933) & Lucien (1860–1909) Hillemacher

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Victor Hugo

Paul (1852–1933) & Lucien (1860–1909) Hillemacher

L'invitation au voyage

Charles Baudelaireyage

Paul (1852–1933) & Lucien (1860–1909) Hillemacher

Ici-bas

Sully Prudhomme

Paul (1852–1933) & Lucien (1860–1909) Hillemacher

Sérénade

Alfred de Musset

Paul (1852–1933) & Lucien (1860–1909) Hillemacher

Cressonnois:

L'invitation au voyage

Charles Baudelaire

Delibes:

Départ

Émile Augier

Bonjour, Suzon!

Alfred de Musset

Regrets !

Armand Silvestre

Duparc:

L'invitation au voyage

Charles Baudelaire

Godard, B:

Chanson du berger

Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian

Guitare

Victor Hugo

L'invitation au voyage

Charles Baudelaire

Viens !

Victor Hugo

Lecocq:

La cigale et la fourmi

Jean de la Fontaine

La chauve-souris et les deux belettes

Jean de la Fontaine

Paladilhe:

Psyché

Pierre Corneille

Les papillons

Théophile Gautier

La chanson des blondes

Jean Aicard

Danse indienne

Jean Lahor

Pessard:

Le spectre de la rose

Théophile Gautier

Oh! quand je dors

Victor Hugo

Puget:

Madrid

Alfred de Musset

Comment, disaient-ils

Victor Hugo


“There are some fine songs here. I was glad… to be reminded what a good composer Delibes is, and to be introduced to Lecocq's wonderfully witty settings of La Fontaine. The actual piano sound is for me a touch prosaic at times, but this is compensated by John Mark Ainsley's absolute control and superb diction... A disc to treasure.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 *****

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36


A high density DSD recording, live at the Barbican Centre on 16-27 November 2005

“For anyone who wants first-rate stereo sound and a broadly traditional reading, it is hard to imagine more profoundly satisfying accounts than these. The playing of the LSO is nowadays quite magnificent, and they are fully justified in releasing their public performances.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 ****

“Very appealing, this – the punchy, neatly packed sound; the way the timps thwack away at the right-hand side of the stage, the antiphonally placed fiddles busying to and fro, Haitink's unmannered, high-energy but essentially nonaggressive approach to both symphonies. The first thing that strikes you about the Pastoral is its sensitive shaping. The second is the lively pacing, but never breathless or unduly hurried. The 'Scene by the brook' ebbs and flows at roughly the prescribed speed and yet the LSO's playing, ever warm-hearted, never adopts 'period' affectations: it's as if the laudable old guard has had a wash, a brush-up and a slight change of heart regarding tempo and articulation. The 'Peasants' Merrymaking' enjoys something of Toscanini's bacchanalian drive, the storm a measure of his dynamism.
The Second Symphony is formal but fun. The opening Adagio molto is pretty powerful, the principal allegro light on its feet but rock-steady and with an imposing and firmly held bass-line.
Again, Haitink keeps the slow movement on the move without sacrificing gravitas.
Both readings are profoundly satisfying, the work of musicians who know the scores backwards, love playing them and know what not to do. To say that they provide a new benchmark would be crass; but Haitink and the LSO seem set to provide one of the top Beethoven symphony cycles of the digital era.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“...an interpretation from Haitink that looked beyond the Second's springy geniality and incorporated what brief elements of darkness he could find as a counterweight” The Guardian *****

“Haitink elicits ravishing sounds from LondonSymphony...an undeniably great performance...Among the hundreds of recordings of this favorite work, you really can't do better” Dallas Morning News

“a fantastic performance - pure music-making by a great conductor and an orchestra that responds magnificently to his every request” Classic FM Magazine

“There is a oneness of conception here which is superb - quite remarkable and ultimately wholly convincing. I'll let you into a secret: I have many recordings of the Beethoven symphonies in my collection but if anyone where to ask me which version of the Pastoral Iwould recommend, I would first of all direct them to this one” International Record Review

“By the Brook has surely never been more beautifully played than it is here...There is a creaminess about the performance that is very difficult to capture on record” musicOHM

“Utter composure and authority drawn from a lifetime of musical exploration inform Bernard Haitink's latest Beethoven release with the LSO. The attention to detail is breathtaking. Vintage stuff” The Scotsman

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 'The year 1905'

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 'The year 1905'


Since becoming Music Director of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln in 1998, Semyon Bychkov has enjoyed an enormously fruitful relationship with the celebrated ensemble, especially evident in his acclaimed series of recoridngs for Avie. From stentorian Strauss to magisterial Mahler and beautiful Brahms, Bychkov’s intelligent and incisive interpretations have captured the imagination of critics and consumers alike. This formidable conductor-orchestra team offer here their third instalment in a series of works by Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11, a tragic and poignant masterpiece subtitled “The Year 1905”. Bychkov’s indelible association with Shostakovich makes this an essential release.

“Bychkov’s harrowing account … vividly evokes the ‘frozen paralysis’ – the conductor’s words – of the Palace Square movement, the horror of the massacre, the deeply moving In Memoriam for the victims and the hollow despair of the Tocsin.” The Sunday Times

“The performance from the WDR Symphony Orchestra is compelling at both ends of the dynamic spectrum, from the heart-rending funereal tread of the opening paragraph of 'In Memoriam' to the savage fugue of the '9th January'.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 *****

“Half a century on from its composition and a full century from the events it ostensibly commemorates, the Eleventh Symphony remains a problematic work for conductors, not least because very few of them or their players have direct memories to draw on. Whatever view they take, nothing is going to come across unless the balance between atmosphere and flow is convincingly struck, and in this respect Bychkov has sure instincts.
Now that he has been principal conductor in Cologne for nearly 10 years, it seems that matters of texture, colour and line in Shostakovich have become second nature for his players: Bychkov gives onward momentum its due, and urgency and inevitability are his reward.
Quibbles could be entered. In the second movement, from 12'45" (the scene of the attack of the Tsarist police), the trombone glissandi may disappoint those who have heard them given full power. At the heart of the following 'In memoriam' more poignancy would not have gone amiss. But then the climax of that movement is magnificently denunciatory, and the WDR cor anglais laments with eloquence and depth but not a trace of sentimentality.
The attacca into the finale is ideal in its sudden spit of venom.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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