Bertrand de Billy directs this performance of A Florentine Tragedy with a grand sweep. The Pacific Trio's performance of the powerful, youthful, three-movement Piano Trio is elegant and devoid of histrionics.
The notable 20th-century Argentinian composer José Antonio Bottiroli's tuneful, brief, and attractive piano pieces are heard here to delightful effect, as are five of his poems in translation, spoken by renowned Star Trek actor George Takei.
Eotvos’s 2019 violin concerto Alhambra, a kaleidoscopic, ear-catching, playful affair inspired by the palace in Granada with Isabelle Faust’s fleet-footed violin chased at a distance by a ghostly mandolin.
Corigliano’s score is a riotous mix of styles, and Colaneri masterfully blended them into a cohesive whole. He also ensures a good sound balance between singers and orchestra, in which the voices are highlighted.
The Italian pianist specializes in the interpretation of Thalberg's composition. With an exquisite technique, a wonderful sound, and an impeccable legato these recordings have no rival.
This disc is a quite remarkable achievement of adaptation. The recording is of outstanding quality, and is a ‘must have’ for all lovers of brass music.
Bühl is among some who are again paying attention to this composer. He gives this positively upbeat music the affection and care that makes its special character shine, modeling both its clean craftsmanship and warmth of content.
There’s an exuberance about the quintet especially that is carried forward into some of the fantasy pieces. But the virtues of the Wanderer’s playing, their immaculate ensemble and balance, really come into their own in the numbered trios.
The 1958 New York studio recording of "Le Sacre du printemps" still has an excitement, spontaneity, and primal fury that no other version quite matches. It fully deserves its legendary status.