Shibe gives works by Ravel, Satie, and de Falla elegantly idiomatic readings. Listeners will be grateful to have the Catalan Mompu’s ever delicate Canços i dansas 6 and 10, as well as his lively Suite Compostelana to enjoy as lovingly played here.
Jurowski succeeds really well in combining the visual of the score as well as its intellectual content, which makes the emotional moods tangible. The atmospheric density and varied musical substance that prevail here are not found in many other recordings.
L’isola is a serious opera about love, loss and misunderstanding with a happy ending, set on an exotic deserted island. What is special about this opera is that Haydn chose orchestral accompaniment for the entire work, with colorful and dramatic accompagnato recitatives.
Davidsen's portrayal of Leonore is gorgeous, nuanced, and compelling. She ensures the listener fully knows and feels Leonore’s thoughts and emotions, with a fulsome and richly burnished tone that is passionate and intensely lyrical.
Not only does soprano Angel Blue own Bess' classic songs but she also sings Clara's "Summertime" and Serena's "My Man's Gone Now" with equal parts power and finesse and an ability to grab the listener from the get-go
The "Hammerklavier" is one of the pinnacles of Beethoven’s creative output, and arguably one of the highest mountains to climb for any pianist. To Pierre-Laurent Aimard, it poses one of the most frightening tests of a performer’s life, one as irresistible as it is insurmountable.