Articles by Year: La Folia, 2008.

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Advice to a Pianist Performing Brahms’ B-Major Trio, Op. 8

Try not to sulk. Remember, you have a trio to perform!

Advice to a Pianist Performing Brahms’ B-Major Trio, Op. 8

Try not to sulk. Remember, you have a trio to perform!

Artur Schnabel’s “Love Affair”

We learn, perhaps to our surprise, that Artur Schnabel, the venerated Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert specialist, preferred composing to performing.

Artur Schnabel’s “Love Affair”

We learn, perhaps to our surprise, that Artur Schnabel, the venerated Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert specialist, preferred composing to performing.

Four Centuries Apart 2.

I’m pleased to welcome this 1995 compilation (of 1965-67 work) back to the catalog.

Four Centuries Apart 2.

I’m pleased to welcome this 1995 compilation (of 1965-67 work) back to the catalog.

Words Fail Me 8.

Gesualdo’s wrenching chromatic harmonies are apparent enough — everybody cites them.

Words Fail Me 8.

Gesualdo’s wrenching chromatic harmonies are apparent enough — everybody cites them.

Beth Levin’s Live(ly) Goldberg

Beth Levin is a poetic Schumann player (her Davidsbündlertänze would enrich the catalog), and this new Goldberg exhibits similar qualities of momentum, unity and wit.

Beth Levin’s Live(ly) Goldberg

Beth Levin is a poetic Schumann player (her Davidsbündlertänze would enrich the catalog), and this new Goldberg exhibits similar qualities of momentum, unity and wit.

Naxos Bowl 3: Some American Classics

Easily matching the Arditti’s premiere recording (Montaigne MO 782091), the Pacificas seem to delight in the Fifth’s halting momentum and casual recollection of the previous four.

Naxos Bowl 3: Some American Classics

Easily matching the Arditti’s premiere recording (Montaigne MO 782091), the Pacificas seem to delight in the Fifth’s halting momentum and casual recollection of the previous four.

Words Fail Me 7.

This is the only all-Parsons (c. 1530-1572) disc around, and it touches several bases. (He drowned mysteriously, after which the scores got scant attention.)

Words Fail Me 7.

This is the only all-Parsons (c. 1530-1572) disc around, and it touches several bases. (He drowned mysteriously, after which the scores got scant attention.)

Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

An elegant Baroque theme eight measures long, proper, structured, lovingly ornamented. A string of 16th notes in the opening measure lends itself to an articulation of slurs and dots, reminiscent of a harpsichordist’s performance practice.

Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

An elegant Baroque theme eight measures long, proper, structured, lovingly ornamented. A string of 16th notes in the opening measure lends itself to an articulation of slurs and dots, reminiscent of a harpsichordist’s performance practice.

Italian Vacation 6.

Sani’s elemental dreamscapes — one each for water, wind, earth and fire — blanket their soloists with live electronics and tape.

Italian Vacation 6.

Sani’s elemental dreamscapes — one each for water, wind, earth and fire — blanket their soloists with live electronics and tape.