Another volume from James Kibbie's monumental project to record all the Bach organ works on historic instruments and make them available free.
As I pointed out before, the only problem with the website is that the pieces come in individual music files, tagged only with their BWV number. I have downloaded them, labelled them and used the 'comments' section to identify the organ on which they were recorded and even, in some cases, the registration used.
The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has caused a certain amount of controversy with her recent release of Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata with the pianist Fazil Say (that's them in the picture). It's a hair-raising ride, that much is for sure. Her playing takes a lot of risks and she doesn't play safe. You can read her spirited defence of their interpretation at her website. And you can listen (and watch) the pair performing on YouTube - see what you think.
One of her projects is a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Philippe Herrreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, due for release later this year. In the meantime, here is a live recording made with those same forces. At the orchestra's website, an anonymous critique claims Grâce à l’explosive Patricia Kopatchinskaia, le concerto pour violon de Beethoven devient une expérience décapante. I'd certainly agree with that! Not everything she tries works, but the performance crackles with electricity.
And the encore is a virtuoso explosion of playing, half-playing, singing and other vocal noises, all in less than a minute!
Kopatchinskaja is one of those performers who bristles with oddball musical musical intelligence. It's going to be fascinating to hear how she develops.
Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto for violin & orchestra in D opus 61 (1806) 01 - I Allegro ma non troppo 22'02" 02 - II Larghetto + III Rondo 18'22" Encore Jorge Sanchez-Chiong (Born 1969): Crin [for solo violin] (1996-7) 03 - Crin 00'55"
Orchestre des Champs-élyses Philippe Herreweghe - conductor Patricia Kopatchinskaia - violin Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes (FR) (Academies Musicales) 15th july 2007.
Here is Sokolov in a live recording of unknown provenance, playing the Stravinsky, and a couple of other pieces. I got this from a friend who has no idea where it originated. Perhaps someone else out there knows.
Stravinsky - Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka - I - Danse Russe Stravinsky - Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka - II - Chez Petrouchka Stravinsky - Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka - III - La Semaine Grasse Rameau-Sokolov - La Livri (from Pieces de Clavecin en Concert) Bach-Sokolov - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BWV 734a Chopin - Prelude in E minor, Op28 No4 Chopin - Etude in C minor, Op25 No12 Brahms - Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op117 No2