Saturday, September 19, 2009

Greif : Cello Concerto - in a blazing live performance

Olivier Greif died in 2000, aged only 50. This cello concerto, subtitled Durch Adams Fall, was premiered by Henri Demarquette (photo above). This recording comes from a Radio France concert given on the 18th of September 2009.

It's a masterpiece - dark, anguished, taking almost half an hour to find some sort of reprieve. Henri Demarquette's playing is astonishing, and the Orchestre Nationale de France under Jean-Claude Casadesus play as if possessed.

If you only download one piece this month, make sure this is it!

Greif : Cello Concerto

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sokolov plays Couperin

Another Sokolov programme: Music by François Couperin

Les Lis Naissans
Les Rozeaux (Rondeau)
La Virginité, sous le Domino couleur d'invisible
La Pudeur, sous le Domino couleur de rose
L'Ardeur, sous le Domino incarnat
L'Espérance, sous le Domino vert
La Fidélité, sous le Domino bleu
La Persévérance, sous le Domino gris de lin
La Langueur, sous le Domino violet
La Coquéterie, sous différents Dominos
Les Vieux Galans et les Trésorières Suranées, sous les Dominos pourpres et fe...
Les Coucous bénévoles, sous des Dominos jaunes
La Jalousie taciturne, sous le Domino gris de maure
La Frénésie, ou le Désespoir, sous le Domino noir
L'âme en peine
Allemande (La Verneuille)
La Verneuilléte
Soeur Monique (Rondeau)
Le Turbulent
Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou les Maillotins (Rondeau)
Le Gaillard-Boiteux

Very good sound – mp3, VBR with a bitrate about 220


Monday, September 7, 2009

Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Mozart

All right - the picture shows him playing a harpsichord! In this recording, however, he plays a copy of a Walther piano.

Mozart : Rondo in A minor K511 - Andante
Mozart : Variations on Unser dummer Pobel meint K455
Mozart : Ch'io me scordi di te (Carolyn Sampson, Soprano)
Mozart : Piano Concerto no 17 in G, K453

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Piano
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Orchestre des Chaps-Elysees, Phillipe Herreweghe

Concert given 13 July 2009 en the Abbaye aux Dames; Festival de Saintes.
Piano: copy of a Walther by Clarke

Recorded 7 September 2009, France Musique, Internet
128 Kbs, good sound.

I have left in some of the commentaries because it was impossible to slice them out cleanly.

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