Classics for Dummies: Five New Bright Albums
It would seem that in the classics everything was played a long time ago. And the sound recording recorded all the great performances of all the great works. She is a classic, actually. It would seem, why look for modern interpretations, if not the whole of Richter or Karayan was heard?
In fact, in the classics, too, a lot of things are happening. New trends in the performance of familiar works, the revaluation of values and so on. Modern performers, respectively, are looking for new approaches to a friend, and also dig up something completely forgotten. And in the end, modern recordings sound very good for modern ears, so that you can “drive into the subject” classics from them.
Pascal Moraguès, Frank Braley, Christian Poltéra “Brahms. Clarinet sonatas & Trio ”In pop culture, this is called a supergroup: a team where everyone is a star. Well, according to the classic canons – just a trio of masters. And they just play chamber Brahms – music is melodic, pleasant, stylistically between classicism and romance. They play accordingly – with emotion, soul, tear. Listen to the allegro from “Sonata for clarinet in E-flat major” is just a hit. And the sonata itself is amazingly beautiful and expressive. Apple Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerAndrew Manze, James Ehnes & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra “Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending, A Sea Symphony (Symphony No1)” Rafe Vaughan-Williams is one of the main English composers (almost like Nyman, Britten and Paul McCartney). On this album – the most important hit of Vaughan-Williams “Soaring Lark”, an exceptionally bright thing, romantic, a little sad. Nigel Kennedy played it perfectly, and whoever does not play it, almost any self-respecting violinist. I am sure – once you will hear this fluttering theme of “The Lark” and you will not forget it soon. The main work of the album, however, is “A Sea Symphony”. This is a romantic, pompous, grandiose thing, with choirs and orchestras, but Vaughan-Williams’ firm and melodious firm melody and is inherent in it completely. Apple Music, Yandex. Music, DeezerJavier Perianes “Debussy: Préludes du 1er Livre” Everything you want to know Claude Debussy’s piano works are in the Harmonia Mundi label series. The whole cycle where the glorified pianist plays a certain piano cycle (from ours is the great Nikolai Lugansky). “Preludes. 1st Notebook ”played Spaniard Javier Perianes. It is difficult to say that it is Debussy who has the “hit”, and “Preludes” – as if one conceptual piece. By the way, the play “The Sunken Cathedral” (La Cathédrale engloutie) was mentioned in our review of jazz albums performed by the quartet of Oleg Grymov. Perianes, of course, performs without any liberties, as it is written, but Debussy is Debussy – in fact, the composer who discovered the XX century. The aroma of early jazz, modern and so on. Unique and ever modern thing. By the way, there is a bubbly record, 1913, where the author plays the “Cathedral”!
And why, actually, do we know Debussy? Well, first, to feel how he influenced the same Bill Evans. Secondly, on all other jazzmen and contemporary composers. Thirdly, it’s just great music.
Apple Music, DeezerSol Gabetta “Schumann” Cellist Sol Gabetta – a native of Argentina with Russian roots along the maternal line (owns everyday Russian) is one of the most illustrious cellists today. Grammy nominee and winner of prestigious awards. On this album, she plays Schumann’s miniatures in a duet with the beautiful French pianist Bertrand Chamay (in 2015 he released a beautiful album with all the piano works by Ravel; in general he was a specialist in French composers). A “Concerto in A Minor” – with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and conductor Giovanni Antonioni. Not hit the cello repertoire, but the thing is very beautiful and elegant. So her Gabetta and plays – easy, elegant, with timbre tangible, convex. (This concert of Rostropovich was recorded with Bernstein, compare.) On the video – with another orchestra, but you can make a performance. Apple Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerYuja Wang “The Berlin Recital” Wang Yudzya was born in China, studied in America, lives in New York Worldwide known under the nickname “Flying Fingers” (and is also famous for its more than frank concert dresses). However, she considers the main thing not technical perfection (and not even long legs), but emotion. And she tries to play what she likes. But mostly she likes, oddly enough, Russian composers. “I have a special affinity with Prokofiev, he is an“ elusive ”composer, his music worries, but this is what attracts me to it. By the way, I am familiar with his grandson – he is a composer and DJ! ”(Apparently, about Gabriel Prokofiev). On the previous album she recorded Prokofiev’s second piano concerto, a work of exceptional technical complexity. Here – “The Eighth Piano Sonata in B Flat Major”. Also loading Scriabin and György Ligeti (short pieces, quite digestible). But the main hit, for which I recommend this album – the very first track, Rakhmaninov’s “Prelude in G Minor, Op.23”.