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Bach, C P E: Sonata and Rondos

Bach, C P E: Sonata and Rondos


GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2002

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DG - E4596142

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Bach, J S: Violin Concertos

Bach, J S: Violin Concertos


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

Les Solistes Romands, Arpad Gerecz

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

Les Solistes Romands, Arpad Gerecz

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Arthur Grumiaux, Herman Krebbers (violins)

Les Solistes Romands, Arpad Gerecz

Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D minor, BWV1060

Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Heinz Holliger (oboe)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Edo de Waart


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First Choice - October 2012

Decca - 4207002

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Bach - Complete Violin Sonatas

Bach - Complete Violin Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019a

Violin Sonata in G minor, BWV1020

Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021

Violin Sonata in F major, BWV1022

Violin Sonata in E minor, BWV1023


Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Christiane Jaccottet (harpsichord), Philippe Mermoud (cello)

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Decca Duo - 4540112

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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1


Here is Book 1 of Bach's immortal 'Forty-eight' played by Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt of whose recording of the Partitas Australia's Soundscapes magazine said: 'Only superlatives will do. My appreciation of this Canadian pianist is enormous; I classify her among the top performers of our time.' And Gramophone said of the same set: 'Hardline purists who baulk at the thought of Bach on the piano should put aside their convictions long enough to hear Angela Hewitt.' Angela Hewitt's '48' (Book 2 will be issued next year) is destined to join the small list of the very greatest recordings of Bach's incomparable masterpiece. The set is graced by her own absorbing and perceptive notes on each of the Preludes and Fugues, the subjects of which are all printed in the CD booklet.

'The first recorded performances by a pianist of Book I that have made me want to hear them many times over. Strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

“Admirers of Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt's lightly articulated and elegantly phrased Bach playing won't be disappointed by this recording.
These qualities characterise the playing of each and every one of these profoundly didactic yet sublimely poetic pieces. Her restrained use of the sustaining pedal, her consequently clearly spoken articulation, and the resultant lucidity of musical thought, bring to mind the recorded performances of Edwin Fischer. Hewitt certainly sounds more comfortable in a studio than Fischer ever did, and her technique is more consistently disciplined than his was under these circumstances. Her reflective view of the more inward-looking fugues, such as the lyrical one in E flat minor, is most attractive. Taut, but with a suppleness that's entirely devoid of stiffness, this is indeed cogent and gracefully beautiful playing of a high order. You may sense, from time to time, an overtly intense element of subjective thought in her understanding of the music, a quality which seems to be endorsed by occasional references in her lively, illuminating and detailed introduction, to Bach's 'sense of inner peace', and so on. However, to conclude on a thoroughly positive and enthusiastic note, these are performances of Book 1 that you'll want to hear many times over. The recording and instrument sound well, too.
Hewitt's Book 2 is a delight to both ear and mind. Everything is in the best taste and free of exhibitionism. There are subtle tonal nuances, natural rises and falls of dynamics, well-defined differentiation of contrapuntal lines and appreciation of the expressive implications of Bach's chromaticisms. Throughout her playing of these preludes and fugues – several longer, more mature and more demanding than those of Book 1 – there's a sense of unhurried poise, with flowing rhythm. The air of tranquillity is underlined by her frequent adoption of very quiet openings, many of which then take on a warmer tone towards the end – even the E major Fugue, which Landowska labelled 'combative', is handled quietly, yet she's able to sound contemplative (as in the E major Fugue) without lapsing into Tureckian reverentiality.
Just occasionally Bach's more intense movements tempt her into emotional rubatos which, though musically affecting, take Bach out of his century, and not everyone will care for the big allargandos she makes at the ends of some of the earlier movements. Otherwise these are musicianly and imaginative performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Bach - CDA67301/2

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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2

Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2


This is the fifth release in Angela Hewitt's universally acclaimed series of Bach's keyboard music which is fast being seen as the definitive modern recording of this repertoire on the piano. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier ('The 48') consists of two books of 24 Preludes and Fugues in all the major and minor keys, and has been described as the pianist's 'Old Testament'. For over two hundred years these pieces have been the foundation of every pianist's repertoire.

'A delight to both ear and mind. I have nothing but enthusiasm for Angela Hewitt's musicianly and imaginative performances' (Gramophone)

“Admirers of Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt's lightly articulated and elegantly phrased Bach playing won't be disappointed by this recording.
These qualities characterise the playing of each and every one of these profoundly didactic yet sublimely poetic pieces. Her restrained use of the sustaining pedal, her consequently clearly spoken articulation, and the resultant lucidity of musical thought, bring to mind the recorded performances of Edwin Fischer. Hewitt certainly sounds more comfortable in a studio than Fischer ever did, and her technique is more consistently disciplined than his was under these circumstances. Her reflective view of the more inward-looking fugues, such as the lyrical one in E flat minor, is most attractive. Taut, but with a suppleness that's entirely devoid of stiffness, this is indeed cogent and gracefully beautiful playing of a high order. You may sense, from time to time, an overtly intense element of subjective thought in her understanding of the music, a quality which seems to be endorsed by occasional references in her lively, illuminating and detailed introduction, to Bach's 'sense of inner peace', and so on. However, to conclude on a thoroughly positive and enthusiastic note, these are performances of Book 1 that you'll want to hear many times over. The recording and instrument sound well, too.
Hewitt's Book 2 is a delight to both ear and mind. Everything is in the best taste and free of exhibitionism. There are subtle tonal nuances, natural rises and falls of dynamics, well-defined differentiation of contrapuntal lines and appreciation of the expressive implications of Bach's chromaticisms. Throughout her playing of these preludes and fugues – several longer, more mature and more demanding than those of Book 1 – there's a sense of unhurried poise, with flowing rhythm. The air of tranquillity is underlined by her frequent adoption of very quiet openings, many of which then take on a warmer tone towards the end – even the E major Fugue, which Landowska labelled 'combative', is handled quietly, yet she's able to sound contemplative (as in the E major Fugue) without lapsing into Tureckian reverentiality.
Just occasionally Bach's more intense movements tempt her into emotional rubatos which, though musically affecting, take Bach out of his century, and not everyone will care for the big allargandos she makes at the ends of some of the earlier movements. Otherwise these are musicianly and imaginative performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Bach - CDA67303/4

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Barber: Orchestral Works Volume 1

Barber: Orchestral Works Volume 1


Barber, S:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19


“Under Marin Alsop's sensitive guidance, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has found the heartbeat of this music.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2000

“That Marin Alsop is a musician of outstanding gifts is amply reinforced by this all-Barber anthology. In her red-blooded rendering of the wartime Second Symphony, she shows just what a powerfully inspired creation it is, extracting every ounce of sinewy logic from its fraught outer movements, while distilling wonder and atmosphere in the haunting central Andante, unpoco mosso. No less convincing is her reading of the magnificent First Symphony, always acutely responsive to the music's daring expressive scope and building climaxes of riveting cumulative intensity. In its unhurried authority, big heart and epic thrust, it's the kind of interpretation you could have imagined from Bernstein in his NYPO heyday. Elsewhere, she brings an aptly bardic quality to the outer portions of the First Essay, while few could fail to respond to the twinkling affection and gentle wit she lavishes on the irresistible School for Scandal Overture.
Were the orchestral contribution just a fraction more polished, this would be a world-beater.
Zinman's stylish 1991 anthology with the Baltimore SO tends to throw into sharper relief the relative shortcomings of Alsop's hard-working Scots (their fiddles especially lack something in silk-spun refinement and tone when playing above the stave). The expert engineering can't quite disguise the acoustical shortcomings of Glasgow's Henry Wood Hall, but the result is tonally truthful and conveys plenty of impact when required.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“the two Symphonies are played by the Scottish orchestra with passionate commitment and deep lyrical feeling.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Building a Library

Budget Choice - June 2006

Naxos American Classics - 8559024

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Bartók: Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113, etc.

Bartók:

Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113

Janacek:

Idyll for String Orchestra

Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2


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Chandos - CHAN9816

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Amy Beach

Amy Beach


Beach, A:

Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor Op. 67

Theme and Variations for flute & string quartet, Op. 80

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150


The Ambache

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Chandos - CHAN9752

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, etc.

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'


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DG Originals - 4474032

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Biber: Missa Bruxellensis

Biber: Missa Bruxellensis


“The performance here, superlatively recorded in the echoing - but never blurring - acoustics of Salzburg Cathedral, re-creates the work's premiere and is truly inspired. This marvellous disc cannot be recommended too highly.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Alia Vox - AV9808

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$18.00

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