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Stephen Johnson chooses a personal recommendation from the available recordings of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Harriet Smith explores some recent piano recordings, and Andrew talks to violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Building a Library:

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K622
Reviewer - Stephen Johnson

First Choice:
Thea King (basset clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)
(recorded 1985; c/w Clarinet Quintet in A, K581*)
The Gabrieli String Quartet*
HYPERION CDA66199 (CD)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.mozart:
bal.mozart.clarinet.concerto.in.A.K622

Playlist

Hot Off The Press:

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21; Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60:
Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)
OEHMS CLASSICS OC521 (CD)

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.13 in B flat minor, Op.113 ‘Babi Yar’:
Jan Hendrick Rootering (bass), Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)
BIS SACD-1543 (SACD/CD Hybrid)


Building A Library Recommendation:

MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A, K622
Reviewer: Stephen Johnson

First Choice:
Thea King (basset clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)
(recorded 1985)
(c/w Clarinet Quintet in A, K581*)
The Gabrieli String Quartet*
HYPERION CDA66199 (CD)


New Releases – Piano Music:

Reviewer: Harriet Smith

HINDEMITH Ludus tonalis; Suite “1922”:
Boris Berezovsky (piano)
WARNER CLASSICS 2564 634122 (CD)

CD entitled ‘Improvisations on themes by J.S. Bach’ – including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Presto from Italian Concerto; Sheep may safely graze; Toccata in D minor:
Garbriela Montero (piano)
EMI CLASSICS 3673592 (CD)

SCHUMANN Papillons, Op.2; Davidsbundlertanze, Op.6;
Intermezzi, Op.4:
Eric Le Sage (piano)
ALPHA 098 (CD)

DEBUSSY Preludes Books 1 & 2:
Steven Osborne (piano)
HYPERION CDA67530 (CD)


Interview – Leonidas Kavakos:

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto (original 1903/4 version) (extract from 2nd movement played)
(c/w Violin Concerto (Final 1905 version)):
Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)
BIS CD-500 (CD)

YSAYE Sonata in D minor, Op.27/3 (extract played)
(c/w Sonatas No.1 in G minor, Op.27/1; No.2 in A, Op.27/2; No.4 in E minor, Op.27/4; No.5 in G, Op.27/5; No.6 in E, Op.Op.27/6):
Leonidas Kavakos (violin)
BIS CD-1046 (CD)

ENSECU Impressions of childhood, Op.28 (extract played)
(c/w ENESCU Sonata No.3, Op.25; RAVEL Sonata posthume; Tzigane – concert rhapsody):
Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Peter Nagy (piano)
ECM 4760532 (CD)

TIGRAN MANSURIAN Violin Concerto (extract played)
(c/w “…and then I was in time again” – Viola Concerto*; Lachrymae for solo saxophone and viola+; Confessing with Faith for viola and four voices+^):
Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Kim Kashkashian (viola)*+, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen (conductor), Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone)+, The Hilliard Ensemble^
ECM 4727842 (CD)

MOZART Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 (extract from 3rd movement played)
(c/w Violin Concertos No.1 in B flat, K207; No.2 in D, K211; No.3 in G, K216; No.4 in D, K218; Symphony No.39 in E flat, K543):
Leonidas Kavakos (violin/conductor), Camerata Salzburg
(live recording)
SONY CLASSICAL 82876 842412 (CD)


Consumer Spot – EMI Classics ‘Great Recordings Of The Century’ Series:

BRAHMS Tragic Overture*, Op.81; Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102*; BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26+:
David Oistrakh (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra*, Alceo Galliera (conductor)*, London Symphony Orchestra+, Lovro von Matacic (conductor)+
EMI CLASSICS 3457582 (CD, mid-price)

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto in D minor*; TANEYEV Suite de concert, Op.28+:
David Oistrakh (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Aram Khachaturian (conductor)*, Nicolai Malko (conductor)+
EMI CLASSICS 3615702 (CD, mid-price)

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47*; TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D, Op.35+; GLAZUNOV Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82+:
Jascha Heifetz (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor)*, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)+
EMI CLASSICS 3615902 (CD, mid-price)

SCHUBERT String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’; String Quartet No.15 in G, D887:
Busch Quartet
EMI CLASSICS 3615882 (CD, mid-price)

R. STRAUSS Don Juan, Op.20; Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28; Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59; Metamorphosen:
Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (conductor)
EMI CLASSICS 3458262 (CD, mid-price)


Radio 3’s Disc Of The Week:

ROSSINI Petite Messe Solonnelle:
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Hilary Summers (alto), Andrew Tortise, William Unwin (tenors), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass), Gary Cooper, Matthews Halls (19th-century pianos), Mark Williams (harmonium), The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)
HYPERION CDA67570 (CD)


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