Articles by Year: La Folia, 2011.
A slice of Duke Ellington’s 50-year recording history — especially one as thick, rare, and mouth-watering as this — is a slice of Americana…
The version here is mostly 1724, much more so than Haller, though the inclusion of the duet Himmel reiße, Welt erbebe was an adroit choice.
Perhaps too eagerly I mentioned that there would be a second part in this string of Nono explorations.
Linking the Diabelli Variations to the Goldbergs began with Diabelli himself, but I could find only 15 pianists who’ve recorded both, never mind how successfully. Levin joins the clan1 on her second Centaur release.
To pose an obvious question: How do we judge greatness without mediocrities with which to compare?
Nearly 270 years after its first publication, Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts perpetuate a modest enigma: What sort of ensemble should play them?
Other Thirds — in any version — made little impression until now. But then again, the Wagner nods pass unnoticed.
I’ve postponed covering a stack of relatively recent Nono releases, music impossible to contemplate casually.