Articles by Year: La Folia, 2009.
I recall when this 1987 recording first appeared, suddenly illuminating a forgotten genre. The French Baroque gestures made a strong impression, and I subsequently trusted Christie and Les Arts Florissants for period favorites…
“Though there is little danger of it, it is hoped that this song will not be taken seriously, or sung, at least, in public.”
I offer another Rihm stroll, now in very abbreviated tones, though maybe not legally quite brief enough.
The Brahms symphonies were an area that I avoided for much of my life. I equated Brahms with tradition and sterility.
Veteran collectors grew up on sandpaper vinyl from obscure labels like OASI (word had it that the letters stood for Old And Scratchy Indeed)…
Low, breathy woodwind timbres are among my favorites (there’s a great passage in the first movement of Mahler’s Ninth), and the two double concertos offer ample room for dexterity and color.