This week: a couple of solo (or solo + accompaniment) albums, and a work for solo instrument arranged for string orchestra…
Vers la Flamme, Scriabin. Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
“Vladimir Ashkenazy has been a lifelong champion of the music of his compatriot Scriabin. This anniversary album spans the entire output of his music for solo piano: an extraordinary musical journey from late Romanticism to the mystic modernism of his last works. A prelude by Scriabin’s youngest son, who died tragically aged eleven, completes this new recording.” (Cover)
Sonatas for clarinet & piano, Brahms. Performed by Lorenzo Coppola and Andreas Staier.
“The two sonatas for clarinet and piano, composed in 1894, were Brahms’s last chamber works. Knowing that he could count on the virtuosity of their dedicatee, the prodigious clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld (1856-1907), Brahms enthusiastically exploited all the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Under the fingers of Lorenzo Coppola, the clarinet prays, sobs, dreams or laughs, bringing astonishing conviction to all these varied emotions.” (Cover)
Goldberg Variations, Bach. Performed by the Britten Sinfonia, directed by Thomas Gould.
“On this recording, the Britten Sinfonia’s Associate Leader Thomas Gould directs the ensemble in Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s beautifully realized and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach’s great keyboard work, The Goldberg Variations. Sitkovetsky penned the transcription in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach’s birth. It was inspired by Glenn Gould’s remarkable 1981 recording of the work, and the transcription is dedicated to Gould’s memory.” (amazon.com)
Coming soon: a harpsichord collection performed by Mahan Esfahani, Nordic concertos by Martin Fröst, and Beethoven (6) and Mahler (9) symphonies.