For this super audio disc from Channel Classics, Dejan Lazic's live performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major is programmed with his solo recordings of the Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, "Moonlight," and the Sonata No. 31 in A flat major. Ostensibly, this is a sonic showcase for Lazic and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, under Richard Tognetti, and the state-of-the-art technology brings out the best in the musicians, giving the pianist an intimate presence without crowding him or artificially boosting his volume, while at the same time lending the orchestra a spaciousness that really opens it up.
The Austrian bassist Günther Groissböck calls his new album project a "kind of artistic creed". A very personal selection of four song cycles by Brahms, Wagner, Wolf and Mahler, including the "Wesendonck Lieder" sung for the first time by a bass voice - summarized under the drastically striking title HERZTOD, which at first reminds one of the cause of death rather than highly romantic music.