Music video: five new recordings of the classics
No, perhaps, nothing is more melancholy than a textbook, played stupidly on notes with only one care – not to fix. As there is nothing more depressing than a modern work, whose goal is to shock a fool-public. But this, fortunately, in the modern classical record industry is not so much. All labels and artists want to come up with something like that at the junction of a new, familiar, smart, entertaining, soothing and driving at the same time. It’s amazing how often you manage to perform this overwhelming task, and – with brilliance! We present an overview of those who particularly impressed us in the middle of this spring.
Alexander Manotskov “La Folia. Seven Days, or Tetragrammaton Variations »The Moscow composer Alexander Manotskov has a strange position. On the one hand, he is in vogue with an advanced intellectual capital crowd, a real pop star. On the other hand, real musicologists don’t favor him. Say, there is a gift for the melodist, fantasy is present, but a person does not know how to technically paint all his beautiful ideas for a real orchestra. “Symphonic thinking is absent,” as I heard from a distinguished female musicologist sitting on various jurors.
Fortunately, listening to this album, you don’t think about anything like that. The two components of his works, in fact, “Folia” and “Seven Days …”, are technically invented very cunningly. Conceptual things – you will learn about it from liner notes, written by the composer himself. And this, I will note in brackets, we now have a trend: self-reflection, a mandatory preliminary explanation – what the author wanted to say, and how to perceive it all.
At the exit, if you listen with cold ears, then this is a normal, moderate avant-garde, both sharp and meditative, modern and folklore. The music is indeed intriguingly attractive – with all sorts of turns, events and rich texture. Melodies, phrases and lines – well, a miracle is how beautiful and beautiful. Manotskov is a born melodist, whatever they say about his symphonic thinking. No, this is not Rachmaninov – a little more. But also very cool. Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, FancymusicLes Vents Francais “Moderniste” In the academic music press, the quintet “French Wind” is called the “Spiritual Supergroup”. You can skip enumerations by name, suffice it to say that it is in this quintet that the world’s main flutist Emmanuel Paye plays the same (we were reviewing his crossover jazz album with post-bop pianist Jackie Terrason several years ago). And plus pianist Eric Le Sage. This album is already interesting at the level of compilation of works – all original authorship of composers of the XX century. It starts with the outstanding Darius Millau and his piquant Sonatas for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano. Also from the first half of the last century – the Danish classic Carl Nielsen – no one considers him particularly great, but they often play, especially in this context of the beginning of the century and modernism. About the middle of the century – the French classic Anre Jolive; about succession – his once disciple Philip Ersan. For a snack – a curious little thing from our contemporary Thierry Eskesch called “The Mechanical Song for the Wind Quintet and Piano”. Wow, gourmet from the first to the last note in this (post) modernist charm: melodic phrases with sharp corners, a jerky rhythm, neat dissonances, a feeling of something erased and newly written, breaking through the musical text. Exquisitely crooked-nervously, like the buildings of that era — seemingly crooked, but fresh. And it’s beautiful, and not “in its own way”, but for real. Apple Music, Yandeks.Music, DeezerChristoph Croisé «Haydn Cello Concertos. Vivaldi Concerto For Violin And Cello RV.547 The career of the twenty-five-year-old cellist Christophe Croiset began rapidly – with a heap of prizes at music competitions and endless performances. Now this elegant Swiss is an accomplished musician and teacher. I was lucky to listen to him a few years ago at a concert already in Baku – however, nothing strange, he plays in all of Europe and plays a diverse repertoire. In this case, he took up the classic Baroque classic: Haydn and Vivaldi concerts. This is not an authentic performance (although Mr. Croiset’s cello is a Goffriller, made in Venice in 1712), but the mood is joyfully upbeat. And it was played – along with the Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra – with a twinkle. Youth Vivaldi – why not? Apple Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerPeter Donohoe “Mussorgsky, Messiaen, Ravel” Continuing the Russian theme with which we started. Peter Donohou – a man of interesting creative destiny. In his youth, in addition to the piano, he was seriously engaged in percussion instruments (as a freelance drummer, he was in demand by the best British orchestras, but also indulged in rock music and jazz). As a pianist, he participated with great success in all sorts of prestigious competitions and, finally, practically won the Moscow “Teapot”, the Tchaikovsky Competition – the second prize was divided in 1982 between Donohow and another contestant.