This week we look at some firsts: premiere recordings of Antonio Lotti, a collaboration by popular trumpeter Alison Balsom and pianist Tom Poster, and an exciting 2-disc set of very early Martha Argerich.
Crucifixus, Antonio Lotti. Performed by The Syred Consort.
“Despite a hugely prolific output spanning a career of more than 50 years, Antonio Lotti is now known almost exclusively for his eight-part setting of the ‘Crucifixus’. It is not widely known that that motet is in fact part of a complete Credo setting, itself part of the Missa Sancti Christophori that receives its first recording here… Ben Palmer’s singers dazzle in their virtuosity, and the instrumentalists play with immaculately crisp ensemble. There is excitement. There is hushed poignancy. And throughout there are Lotti’s luscious harmonies, which make this music nothing short of addictive” (Insert cover).
Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano. Performed by Alison Balsom and Tom Poster.
“2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three-time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three-time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today” (Insert cover). Here she pairs up with pianist Tom Poster for an eclectic compilation, including a collaborative composition of their own.
Martha Argerich: Early Recordings.
“Martha Argerich’s exhilarating early recordings, released here for the first time, include sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev (no. 3) that appear nowhere else in her discography. The set also includes her first recordings of Ravel’s Gaspard and his Sonatine, as well as Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata, full of mystery and verve. They show her to be an eloquent and imaginative artist at the age of 18, already at the peak of her abilities” (Insert cover).