Schubert 'The Late Sonatas'
D784, 958, 959, 960
An insightful collection of re-recordings (D.784 & D.958, recorded in 2013) and re-releases (D.959 & D.960, recorded in 2002) which highlight Paul Lewis’ acclaimed exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas, spanning over a decade. For his final Schubert Sonatas disc, Lewis revisits the works which helped to establish him as one of the greatest pianists of his generation.
“And though he's still young we shall come to recognise him - I mean immediately, by his sound, as one can recognise all the finest players. And then there will be the recognition of his distinctive personality, which on this showing is fresh, inquisitive, highly intelligent, and already astonishingly mature and equal to the challenge of being a guide on our journey through these great works. He makes us follow; makes us listen; he knows how and when to produce magic and also knows when it is enough just to open doors in order to reveal wondrous things. He can be straightforward and knows how to sing a lyric without portentousness.” Stephen Plaistow, CD Review, BBC Radio 3, 17 May 2003
HMC902115/16 Piano Sonatas D840, 850 & 894, Impromptus D899, Klavierstücke D946
GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH
CD Review Disc of the Week
HMC902136/37 Piano Sonata D845, Wandererfantasie D760, 4 Impromptus D935, Moments musicaux D780
INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE OF THE MONTH – BBCMM Xmas 2012
CRITICS’ CHOICE 2012 – GRAMOPHONE DECEMBER 2012
HMA1951755 Piano Sonatas D958, D784
New releases at one glance!
Céline Moinet, Sarah Christ
Some of the most famous scenes in the Romantic opera repertoire, revisited by two outstanding soloists, in an unusual instrumental combination (oboe and harp) that is nevertheless perfectly in keeping with the opera house. Alongside the evergreen ‘Meditation’ from 'Thaïs', Céline Moinet and Sarah Christ have assembled a multitude of composers and works to produce a programme that is sheer enchantment.
“a superlative recording. Céline Moinet is clearly one of the finest oboists in the world; this disc is of such consistent musical and technical quality as to hold the attention throughout…an astonishingly successful release on all counts.”
Robert Matthew-Walker, IRR OUTSTANDING, International Record Review, July/August 2012
'My Favorite Dowland'
Now revered as a titan of the lute and one of today's pre-eminent early music scholars, it may come as a surprise that Paul O'Dette began his musical career playing electric guitar in a rock band in Columbus, Ohio. After exploring guitar transcriptions of lute music he opted to focus solely on the lute and music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition to a catalog of more than 120 recordings, O'Dette has garnered five GRAMMY® nominations and numerous other awards. The music of John Dowland has long been one of O'Dette's specialties. This selection presents excerpts from his recording of Dowland's complete music for lute for harmonia mundi.view
EDITOR'S CHOICE - GRAMOPHONE (MAY 2014)
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. On their 1994 album Love’s Illusion, the extraordinary quartet brought 13th century motets of courtly love from the Montpellier Codex to the top of the classical charts – spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. Twenty years later, they return to the source – this time exploring songs with texts that juxtapose desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Virgin Mary.