Volume 3 in the series with the complete orchestral works of Ludwig van Beethoven is ready from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and its music director since 1997, Thomas Dausgaard. The piano concertos are true gems of the classical canon, as Beethoven was an expert both in the art of writing for the orchestra and himself a master pianist. Russian pianist Boris Beresovsky (b.1969) is such a wizard. At the age of 21 he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It is a privilege to hear how the combination Berezovsky and Dausgaard/SwCO really hit it of in this music. They are enjoying themselves, surprising each other, challenging and courteous at the same time. The sounding result speaks for itself.
P/V/G arrangements of five tunes from the latest installment in Pixar's adored Toy Story franchise. Includes Dream Weaver by Gary Wright, Le Freak by Chic, You've Got a Friend in Me (para el Buzz Español) by the Gipsy Kings, and two by Randy Newman: We Belong Together and the original version of You've Got a Friend in Me. Features a special 8-page section of great full-colour images from the film!
From the irresitably forceful opening bars of the English Suite's prelude to the throbbing repeated octaves of the D minor concerto, Richter shows why many of Bach's works are ideally suited to the piano. The Bach concerto is often regarded as a student piece, or relegated to refined performances on the harpsichord. Not here – the bookend movements are as maniacal, pulsing and driving as the best of John Coltrane or Prokofiev. The CD is worth it just for those movements, but Richter's treatment of the English Suite is equally enlightening, especially the Prelude and Gavotte.
Boris Blacher was an important twentieth century cosmopolitan composer whose best works linger near the fringes of the standard repertory. The music from the first half of his career was tonal and largely approachable, though in the latter half he adopted serial techniques with less emphasis on atonality. He was quite versatile, composing operas, ballets, symphonies, various instrumental works and choral, chamber, film, and electronic music.
The score of Neptune is a revised version of Scott’s symphonic poem Disaster at Sea, a programmatic account of the sinking of the Titanic. The work evokes a cold calm sea, becoming more animated as the ship sails on its way. Later the trombones clearly evoke a foghorn and a tremendous climax follows. A series of storm episodes ensue before the whole orchestra takes up a lament for loss at sea. Symphony No. 3 The Muses requires an enormous orchestra, including four flutes, a large percussion ……..