Album Tweets 2.

Walt Mundkowsky

[September 2009.]

Cover of Dorian DOR-93176

Andrew Rangell in Concert.” Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Thirty-three variations on a waltz theme by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 (1819-23) (4/1977 live, NYC). Maurice RAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit (OndineLe gibetScarbo, 1908) (7/1985 live, Ipswich). Rangell (pno). Dorian DOR-93176 (http://www.dorian.com/). $4.99 from label website.

For B.L., who plays both.

A 46:15 Diabelli would be sharp and bustling; key moments also score as they must. In Le gibet the hanging figure is etched in hard relief.

Cover of Teldec Classics WPCS-22032

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Requiem, K. 626 (1791) (rec. 1961). Maria Stader (sop), Hertha Töpper (alt), John van Kesteren (ten), Karl Christian Kohn (bs), Münchener Bach Orchester & Chor, Karl Richter (cond.). Teldec Classics WPCS-22032. Purchased from CDJapan (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/).

WAM as JSB, in the same year as Richter’s famed B-Minor Mass. Discipline, energy, precision. The chorus is potent, Stader’s entry thrilling.

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Henry PURCELL: Keyboard Suites & Grounds. Richard Egarr (hpsi). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907428 (http://www.harmoniamundi.com/). Distributed in the US by Harmonia Mundi (http://www.harmoniamundi.com/).

Middling renditions of middling music, hardly “zany” or rarely heard. Gustav Leonhardt made rather more of this oeuvre (order via CDJapan).

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Il Divino.” Francesco da MILANO: Fantasias / Recercari, Intabulations, Dances and Reconstructions. Hopkinson Smith (Renaissance lute). Naïve E 8921 (http://www.naive.fr/). Distributed in the US by Naxos (http://www.naxos.com/).

Smith grasps the intricacies so firmly that he can pursue expression, as in a Richafort song. Dances break up the learned procedures a bit.

Cover of Sony BMG 88697147582

Glenn GOULD: String Quartet, Op. 1 (1953-55) (rec. 3/13/1960). The Symphonia Quartet: Kurt Loebel, Elmer Setzer (vlns), Tom Brennand (vla), Thomas Liberti (vc). Sony BMG 88697147582 import (http://www.sonymusic.de/). Purchased from Climaczuk, York, U.K. (http://myworld.ebay.com/climaczuk/).

GG’s Original Jacket titles can be had singly in the U.K. In this oddity, Romanticism and strictness duke it out as they often did with him.