Thursday, August 6, 2009

Schumann : Konzertstuck for four horns - a Cracking Performance Gromit!

A piece that is unjustly neglected, I think. The glorious sound of four french horns - what's not to like? One of my favourite moments, though, is carried by the trumpet. At the end of the dreamy, reflective slow movement, there is a quiet trumpet call that is ignored by the rest of the orchestra. The trumpet repeats the call, louder, and this time it's taken up by everyone, and the last movement is ushered in.

The four players on this marvellous recording are David Pyatt, Michael Thompson, Martin Owen, and Cormac Ó hAodáin, with the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.

It was recorded at a concert on the 28th of July 2007.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Angela Hewitt - Glorious Goldbergs!

Angela Hewitt live from the BBC playing Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Royal Festival Hall, 29th April, 2009.

This is wonderful playing. If you have her studio version of the Goldbergs, this is, well, different. The intervening years have brought an affection to her playing - a way of pointing up details that she obviously loves, and a warmth of sound.

Very good recording from the BBC. 320Kbs, about 180 Mb of mp3 file. Includes an attractive photo of Ms Hewitt you can sigh over.

I have abandoned Rapidshare, or, should I say, Rapidshare has abandoned me and its other users. I am now uploading replacement links to Mediafire. Please be patient while I work on the problem.

There's also a Mega link, as an experiment. 

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