This long-deleted Essential Classics reissue (available again courtesy of Arkivmusic.com’s on-demand reprint program) comprises the first CD remastering of two separate Bach piano releases. One disc features Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach Album, an early-1981 digital production made up mostly of short pieces, plus the Aria and Variations in Italian Style. The close-up yet warm sonics capture the full measure of Tureck’s technical specificity, subtle use of color, and micromanaged dynamics. Notice her absolute linear control in the F minor suite’s Prelude (first sound clip), or how her seemingly over-detached articulations (the seventh Italian variation) always maintain a lilting presence.
Quando apparve questo libro, Robert Craft scrisse: «Si può dire con certezza che La generazione romantica di Charles Rosen – che segue Lo stile classico – sia il più importante libro di musica non solo del 1995, ma di molti anni a venire»…
The late Charles Rosen’s renown as a writer, scholar, musical thinker, and teacher tends to overshadow his reputation as a pianist. However, at his best Rosen was a probing virtuoso who embraced a wide, eclectic, and seemingly contradictory range of repertoire. All the more reason to celebrate Sony/BMG’s original jacket boxed set devoted to Rosen’s complete Columbia and Epic recordings, many of which have not been available on CD.
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Richard Strauss, the great composer of symphonic poems and grand operas, wrote solo songs throughout his life: his first compositions, performed within his family circle, were songs and his setting of the poem Malven (Mallows) was to be the last piece he completed. Taking a keen interest in the possibilities and limitations of the human voice, Strauss in the solo song genre found the opportunity to try out various musical options and to discover his own individual style. But the writing of songs also served as a form of relaxation, a way of passing the time. The result is a varied spectrum of atmospheres, moods and emotions: from the jesting tone of Hat gesagt — bleibt’s nicht dabei to the heart-felt declaration of love in Cäcilie and the portrayal of madness of the Three Songs of Ophelia.
In 2008, Trio X conducted a tenth anniversary tour, all of it recorded by the master engineer, Marc Rusch. And now the music from that tour is preserved in a magnificent 5-CD set: Trio X Live on Tour 2008. Those who have followed Trio X over the years will find this both familiar and fresh and will rejoice in the pleasures of this new release. Program notes for the complete set are written by Producer Bob Rusch, and address the music and each venue (Colgate University; Edgefest [Ann Arbor, MI]; University of Illinois at Urbana [Champaign, IL]; Waukee, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa [PolyRhythms]; Bowling Green State University [Bowling Green, OH]; and Hamilton College). Great music, state of the art audio, photos, and insights all wrapped up in one delicious package.