To round off the year we spotlight three solo(ish) albums: for violin, voice and piano, one each from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras.
24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Berceuse, Variations Brillantes, Chopin. Performed by Dong Hyek Lim.
“Dazzling South Korean pianist Dong Hyek Lim was a precocious talent who was first recorded by this label in 2001 becoming the youngest pianist to record for them. Since then he has grown into a mature artist and balances his building performance career (particularly around Asia) with life in New York and studies with the great Emmanuel Ax. He is the laureate of several international competitions including the Hamamatsu, Chopin and Tchaikovsky competitions as well as the Long-Thibaud International Piano Competition when in 2001 he became the youngest ever winner of the Premier Grand Prix. With this album Dong Hyek returns to the music of Chopin, a composer close to his heart” (amazon.com).
Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, J. S. Bach. Performed by Midori.
“Renowned Japanese American violinist Midori follows up her Onyx Classics debut with a recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. These works have long been considered the Mount Everest of violin repertoire. Each one is a test of dexterity and emotional commitment. On this new recording, Midori returns to these challenging works giving us readings that reach a new plateau of performance and insight” (amazon.com).
The Weber Sisters, Mozart. Performed by Sabine Devieilhe.
“Sabine Devieilhe’s career and accolades to date are impressive, even before taking into account the fact that she is not yet 30 years old… Her debut album released in November 2013 – Rameau: le Grand Theatre de l’Amour with Les Ambassadeurs – was a huge success, winning Diapason d’Or, the Grand Prix de l’Academie Charles Cros, as well and being named Album of the Week on BBC Radio 3. Following on from that success, this album featuring Ensemble Pymalion and Raphael Pichon in a survey of some of the arias Mozart wrote for the Weber sisters. Beautiful, charming and talented, Aloysia, Josepha, and Konstanze (who eventually became Mozart’s wife) were three muses for the composer, inspiring some of his most glorious vocal works” (amazon.com).