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Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music

Hits of concert halls and premieres of little-known composers. Young virtuosos, nuggets and groups with a century of history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue the review of modern recordings of classical music, released at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. We tell in the genre “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 Mozart: Piano Concerto N ° 20 K466 – Sonatas K281 & K332 “” I love playing Mozart, but not because it is easier than other composers, it’s just that its music is very joyful. And multi-layered, ”says Cho Son Jin. And he believes that Mozart’s music is “opera”, so it’s worth playing it not very strictly, but free. In fact, it is a phenomenon in itself. The young nugget from the Seoul Conservatory, from which no stars came out, he began to win international competitions from 15 years (later, in 2011 – the 3rd prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition; in 2015, he won the Chopin International 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 a 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 part of which anticipates the final of the 40th symphony), where the orchestra plays tightly and with a drive, and the pianist in vast solo pieces thoughtfully, with brilliance and feeling. Some sort of almost jazz feeling of freedom and joy. And in the Sonata, it is only amplified. 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 the master. Romantic and moderately pompous Piano Brahms – this is probably for all tastes. The unconditional hit here is the partita Bach D minor for violin solo in the Brahms transcription (for the left hand) and in the transcription of Sandberg herself. Apparently, her most important task was to “fix” something from the classics; pleasant piece – in places it seems like a sort of minimalism in baroque style! 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-lifting. Holidays, of course, passed, but – will fit for the winter, for the whole year and until next Christmas. The choir and symphony orchestra of the Bavarian Radio under the direction of the outstanding conductor Maris Jansson perform the Mass in C major of Beethoven (1807) at the same time powerfully and transparently, pathetically and subtly. Late Beethoven, from which it captures the spirit, simply if. And a very nice album finale – overtures 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 to say that everyone knows, but because it is more interesting. Andre Georges Louis Onslov is a French composer of English origin, who lived and worked in the first half of the XIX century. The most authoritative publication on classical music, Grove’s Dictionary, notes that Onslov is “one of the few French composers of his time, in whose work chamber-instrumental music was central.” He wrote over 70 string quartets and quintets, a dozen piano trios. And his best works, according to the expert assessment of the dictionary compilers, “are characterized by an interesting, memorable thematism and testify to the uncommon and versatile skill of their author.” Onslov is an interesting personality: a rich, independent, Frenchman by his mother, an Englishman by his father, traveling around Europe, listening to all the best-modern. A kind of major, engaged in pure art, playing for fun. Man-Oxymoron: an amateur and a strong original composer at the same time. Elan Quintet has been recording Onslov’s chamber music for several years, and often these are premiere recordings. And the music, meanwhile, is very interesting and fascinating: Onslov is a melodist from God, besides, the master who worked for himself, without orders from the powerful of the world, as it was then accepted. And his music sounds somehow stylish, sorry for such a utilitarian term, and modern. This could have been called the lounge of the nineteenth century, but it is much, much deeper.
Les Siecles & Francoise Xavier Roth “Claude Debussy: Jeux” 2018 is the centenary of Debussy’s death. We wrote about the album series with Debussy’s piano works on the Harmonia Mundi label in the last review. And this one, with orchestral works performed on the instruments of that era, begins straight with a textbook work by a French composer: “The Afternoon of a Faun” (see video, “The Rest” is conducted by Roth, but the orchestra is different). In itself is a wonderful subtle thing.

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