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The Romantic Violin Concerto 21 - Bruch

The Romantic Violin Concerto 21 - Bruch


Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44

Konzertstück, Op. 84

In Memoriam, Op. 65

Adagio appassionato Op. 57


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

The ‘justly celebrated’ Jack Liebeck (as described by The Strad) follows in the footsteps of Heifetz and Perlman in championing Bruch’s now neglected Violin Concerto No 2, originally written for Sarasate. Three shorter concertante works for violin and orchestra complete the album (Bruch thought the Adagio appassionato one of his best works) which marks volume 21 in our highly regarded Romantic Violin Concerto series.

“as Jack Liebeck’s nicely restrained performance shows, [Bruch's Second Violin Concerto is] a piece that’s perfectly capable of standing on its own musical feet. His fine-grained playing gets exemplary support from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who never overdo the menace that underlies the first movement especially” The Guardian, 23rd December 2016 ****

“Liebeck is certainly equal to all the challenges, moving from impeccable double-stopping one moment to the sweetest, most ardent of tones in some of the more impassioned passages.” Presto Classical, 23rd December 2016

“There’s much to admire in Jack Liebeck’s patrician account of Bruch’s D Minor Violin Concerto. His playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness and purity of tone.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Throughout the Second Concerto, with its unforgettable soaring opening, Liebeck combines a beguiling silvery sound with tantalising interpretative restraint, free of heart-on-the-sleeve rhetoric…rarely has Bruch’s melodic genius been sounded with such chaste sweetness as here, ideally complimented by Liebeck’s captivating narrow-fast vibrato” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd December 2016

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JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170

JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV170 'Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'

Cantata BWV54 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Sinfonia: Cantata BWV174

Cantata BWV52 'Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht': Sinfonia


Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.

“Davies’s singular gifts of open-hearted expression, reined in to perfection and with no excess or indulgence, are expertly balanced by Arcangelo’s prominent solo musicians. Early in the year, a favourite disc already.” The Observer, 8th January 2017 *****

“The dominant virtue in this fine collaboration between the outstanding Davies and Arcangelo lies in an unsentimental perspicacity, reassuring in its intelligence and deep sensitivity.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“The main pleasure in this album is the partnership between the eloquent soloist and the tangy playing of Arcangelo, wonderfully led by Jonathan Cohen, who doubles as a fizzing organist...Davies’s cool concentration heats up for a compelling Ich habe genug, finely weighted between religious ecstasy and resignation.” The Times, 13th January 2017 ****

“Iestyn Davies [gives a] poised, sober performance…Arcangelo’s strings have a beautifully firm sound, with plenty of bow and intelligent details from the lute, while oboist Katharina Spreckelsen plays elegantly” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

“If his German is not entirely idiomatic, his words are invariably clear and he relishes the interplay with the Arcangelo ensemble’s soloists...Best of all is the rapt singing of Schlummert ein (Go to sleep), in the well-known BWV82…Overall, a lovely disc.” Sunday Times, 15th January 2017

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2017

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The Classical Piano Concerto 4: Kozeluch

The Classical Piano Concerto 4: Kozeluch


Kozeluch:

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 5

Piano Concerto No. 6 in C major


Leopold Kozeluch—another composer-pianist trying to make his way in 1780s Vienna—has not been treated kindly by posterity, suffering that posthumous obscurity shared by so many of Mozart’s contemporaries. But his brand of Rococo galanterie, much in evidence in these three piano concertos, is guaranteed to delight, especially in such affectionately attentive performances as these.

“It’s impossible to imagine more compelling performance of this music- Howard Shelley is truly a rescuer of lost musical souls.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Rostropovich Encores

Rostropovich Encores


Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Debussy:

Nocturne et Scherzo

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Nocturne et Scherzo

Popper:

Dance of the Elves, Op. 39

Prokofiev:

Cinderella, Op. 87: Adagio of Cinderella and the Prince

Cinderella: Waltz-Coda (transc. M. Rostropovich)

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

Oriental Dance, Op. 2 No. 2

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Rostropovich:

Humoresque, Op. 5

Moderato

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor

Sinding:

Suite for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 10 'im alten Stil': Presto

Stravinsky:

Le Baiser de la Fée: Pas de Deux

Chanson Russe


Alban Gerhardt (cello) & Markus Becker (piano)

Read our exclusive interview with Alban Gerhardt about Rostropovich and the art of the encore here.

For the young Alban Gerhardt, Rostropovich was ‘a reason to become passionate about the cello’: in the notes accompanying this release he recalls being ‘blown away’ on first hearing Slava play live in Berlin. This splendid follow-up to Casals Encores sees Gerhardt paying homage to his great predecessor with an eclectic programme of shorter works, including two by Rostropovich himself.

“A genuinely thoughtful and engaging tribute recital, and a compelling partner to the Casals.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2017

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Tallis: Spem in alium

Tallis: Spem in alium

& other sacred music


Tallis:

In ieiunio et fletu

Blessed are those that be undefiled

Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'

God Grant we grace (Tallis Canon)

Robert Rice (baritone)

O Lord, open thou our lips

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?

Robert Rice (baritone)

O do well unto thy servant

My soul cleaveth to the dust

Short Service (Dorian) for 4 voices

The Lord be with you

Robert Evans (bass)

O sacrum convivium

Remember not, O Lord God

Hear the voice and prayer

Verily, verily I say unto you

O Lord, in thee is all my trust

Hodie nobis caelorum

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty


The Cardinall's Musick's thrilling exploration of Tallis' sacred music comes to a glorious close with both versions of the great forty-part motet: 'Spem in alium' itself and 'Sing and glorify', the less familiar English-texted contrafactum.

“Carwood moulds the structures to great effect, with wide ranging dynamics from hushed groupings of eight voices to the full force.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 *****

“The placing of the lovely miniature God grant with grace just after the monumental Spem is very moving, and this In ieiunio is as fine an account of it as I can recall…Carwood’s ensemble give the sense of an unfolding tapestry, and the sound recording holds detail and monumentality in fine balance” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“The end of a highly distinguished contribution to the discography of Thomas Tallis.” MusicWeb International, 9th January 2017

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Elgar: Enigma Variations

Elgar: Enigma Variations

& other orchestral works


Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Carillon, Op. 75

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux (narrator)

Une Voix dans le Désert

Kate Royal (soprano)

Le Drapeau Belge

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux (narrator)

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

Yann Ghiro (clarinet)


Two much-loved orchestral favourites representing the summit of Elgar's maturity are coupled with three of the lesser-known wartime works, here receiving their rst recordings with the original French texts. Kate Royal is the soprano soloist in 'Une voix dans le désert', a hauntingly tender masterpiece which every Elgarian should know.

“Both [In the South and the Enigma Variations] are well known and given impressively emotional and dramatic performances by Brabbins...The entire disc is a collector’s item.” Sunday Times, 30th October 2016

“fine, firmly unsentimental, bracingly muscular performances.” The Guardian, 3rd November 2016 ****

“Exceptional Elgar. ‘Nimrod’ has the grandeur of a Bruckner slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 *****

“Brabbins masterminds an expansive, ideally flexible and notably unflustered reading of Elgar’s In the South, one which quarries this evocative score’s plentiful reserves of noble grandeur, pantheistic wonder and vulnerability…[he] proves a comparably unhurried, affectionate and cannily observant guide through Enigma, the friends pictured within springing to life with unforced naturalness…an enjoyable and stimulating anthology that Elgarians everywhere should try and hear” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“Splendidly performed and recorded versions of Enigma and In the South, plus some fascinating rarities.” MusicWeb International, 1st December 2016

“Every work is recreated with penetrating musicianship and skilled empowerment from the podium. Every performance is of superlative calibre” Classical Ear, January 2017 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - December 2016

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 69 - Hill & Boyle

The Romantic Piano Concerto 69 - Hill & Boyle


Boyle, G F:

Piano Concerto in D minor

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch

Hill, Alfred:

Piano Concerto in A major

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch

Piano Sonata in A major


Piers Lane (piano)

Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers in their native Australia and abroadBoyle's students in New York included Copland and Barberthough both are all-too-little known today. The piano concerto and sonata by Hillthe 'grand old man' of Australian musical life at the timeare effectively the same work, the one an orchestral expansion of the other.

“an intriguing disc of Australian examples, Piers Lane making a convincing case for his countrymen’s music. Alfred Hill’s 1941 concerto has a breezy, sunny disposition, with hardly a dark cloud in the sky…[Boyle's is] altogether graver than Hill’s [and] has a final movement to rival anything coming out of Europe at the time.” The Observer, 23rd October 2016 ****

“One cannot imagine a more persuasive, artful advocate of the music of his two compatriots than Piers Lane who, frankly, is worth hearing in whatever he plays” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“A very welcome addition to this series; the Boyle is the stand-out.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016

“The centrepiece is Boyle’s Concerto in D minor. Composed in 1911, making it arguably the first significant such work by an Australian, it is unabashedly romantic, with orchestral writing of considerable character that feels both ripe and robust, and a particularly thoughtful piano line…Piers Lane and the Adelaide Symphony play with conviction and make a persuasive case for the Boyle if not for the Hill.” Classical Ear, December 2016 ***

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

2015 recording


Sixteen years have passed since Angela Hewitt’s first, justly celebrated, version of the ‘Goldbergs’. She here commits to record her ever-evolving response to a work which contains the ‘shadowed lesson of the whole world’, and which continues to play a central role in her life as an artist.

“More than any contemporary player, she manages to suggest the harpsichord’s plucking mechanism with her brilliant articulation — the trills of Variation 16!...her fluency makes the Goldbergs sound easy.” Sunday Times, 8th October 2016

“A perfect recording for her fans” Pianist Magazine, October 2016 ***

“The fingers are as formidably on the ball as ever – capable of the most tender translucency, of staccato leaps that ‘ping’, and able to differentiate and characterise several voices simultaneously with jaw-dropping felicity” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

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Fin de siècle

Fin de siècle

Music for viola and piano


Büsser:

Appassionato, Op. 34

Chausson:

Pièce Op. 39

Debussy:

Beau Soir

Durosoir:

Vitrail pour alto et piano

Enescu:

Concertstück for viola & piano

Hahn, R:

Soliloque et Forlane for viola & piano

Honnoré:

Morceau de concert

Hüe:

Thème varié

Ravel:

Deux mélodies hébraïques: Kaddisch

Vierne, L:

Deux Pièces Op. 7


Lawrence Power (viola) & Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

That the names of Hüe and Büsser are now largely forgotten is no reflection on their ability to write music which cannot fail to delight (and did not fail to win the Prix de Rome). Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips present a wonderful recital which sets Ravel and Debussy in the context of their lesser-known contemporaries.

“Most of these pieces by Paris-based composers may be unfamiliar...but they merit rediscovery thanks to this duo’s superb playing. They make Henri Büsser’s Appassionato seem like the viola’s miniature answer to Franck’s Violin Sonata.” Sunday Times, 11th September 2016

“The players’ enthusiasm is self-evident, and Power tempers his sweet, full-throated tone...with a lovely inwardness in the quieter music. Crawford-Phillips is very much on the same page; the pair phrase naturally together... consistently enjoyable way to discover some unexpectedly rewardAing music.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“Power and Crawford-Phillips are a superb duo, matching their depth and richness of tone with an energetic, passionate approach, and the warm sound lets them shine.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“There is more than enough in this beautifully played disc to attract viola aficionados and Francophiles alike.” MusicWeb International, 19th December 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2016

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Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 5

Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 5

& other piano music


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68

14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38

Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 74, Op. 20

Mikrokosmos Book V


This second album in Cédric Tiberghien's highly praised survey reveals the radicalism of Bartók's piano-writing to be just as evident in the early Bagatelles as it is in the lexicon of style and technique which is the fth book of Mikrokosmos.

“Magic moments are plentiful...One feels the weight of Tiberghien’s thought in every phrase, yet the sense of easy flow is paramount.” Sunday Times, 6th November 2016

“Intimate and poetic, this pianism which delicately suggests rather than making statements. A lovely hour and a quarter.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“it’s a measure of the quality of Cédric Tiberghien’s series that it promises to rival Kocsis’s set when complete...Tiberghien catches the essence of each piece instantly, and brings to all of them a sense of freshness and discovery, as well as the ability to combine expressive freedom with rhythmic precision in a remarkable way.” The Guardian, 17th November 2016 *****

“A fine programme overall, much to be recommended” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“Beautifully recorded … beautifully played.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2016

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