Monday, January 11, 2010
Just Opened on Friday, January 8
"Johann Stamitz: Flute Concertos" - Robert Aitken, flute; St Christopher Chamber Orchestra; Donatas Katkus, cond. Four out of the fourteen concertos written for flute by Bohemian composer Johann Stamitz, father of composers Carl and Anton. Flute music from the early Classical period by this pioneering violinist, composer and conductor. (Naxos 747313015078 / 8.570150)
"Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; The Wasps (Aristophanic Suite); English Folk Song Suite; The Running Set" - Ashley Wass, piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; James Judd, cond. Four rarely-heard works by Vaughan Williams, all of which mine the rich heritage of English folksong that colors much of Vaughan Williams' oeuvre. The "Wasps" Overture is fairly well-known, the complete suite less so, and welcomed here. The Piano Concerto is the original edition of this work; it was later adapted for two pianos and orchestra. The influence of Bach, Busoni and Arnold Bax, the latter a friend of Vaughan Williams, can be heard here, too. (Naxos 747313230471 / 8.572304)
"Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6" - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski, cond. the Bruckner Sixth is the shortest, and most concise of his Symphonies, and ironically the only one of the later works that was not revised substantially by the composer or his well-meaning disciples. Still, it tends to get short-shrift in concert halls and recordings, so a new one is always welcome, and Janowski and the Suisse Romande make a great case for it. (PentaTone Classics 827949035463 / PTC 5186354)
"Escaping: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms" - Davide Cabassi, piano. The title of this disc is a playful translation of "In fuga," and all three of these works end with a fugue: Bach's "Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother in B-flat Major, BWV 992;" Beethoven's "Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110;" and Brahms' "Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24." (Endeavor Classics 723721434854 / END 1025)
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