(Dis)Arrangements

Mostly Symphonies 35. / (Dis)Arrangements 11: The Finale of Bruckner’s Ninth

Anton Bruckner died having completed an orchestral draft of all four movements of his Ninth. There are plenty of sketches and autograph pages, and it has been possible to construct a satisfactory performing edition. Many passages deserve to be heard, perhaps some of Bruckner’s most inventive cascading string arpeggios and luminous brass chorales.

Mostly Symphonies 35. / (Dis)Arrangements 11: The Finale of Bruckner’s Ninth

Anton Bruckner died having completed an orchestral draft of all four movements of his Ninth. There are plenty of sketches and autograph pages, and it has been possible to construct a satisfactory performing edition. Many passages deserve to be heard, perhaps some of Bruckner’s most inventive cascading string arpeggios and luminous brass chorales.

(Dis)Arrangements 10: Miscellany

Step aside Süssmayr, Mozart’s Requiem sustains Cassol’s impassioned reinterpretation.

(Dis)Arrangements 10: Miscellany

Step aside Süssmayr, Mozart’s Requiem sustains Cassol’s impassioned reinterpretation.

Piano Factory 16. / (Dis)Arrangements 9: Liszt and Wagner

Liszt’s last pieces reflect little interest in pyrotechnics or showy glamour. They are curious about harmony and the spiritual world; some touch on historical subjects, but most all are reflective, even world-weary.

Piano Factory 16. / (Dis)Arrangements 9: Liszt and Wagner

Liszt’s last pieces reflect little interest in pyrotechnics or showy glamour. They are curious about harmony and the spiritual world; some touch on historical subjects, but most all are reflective, even world-weary.

(Dis)Arrangements 8: More Schubert

Schubert left no concertos, but we do have Liszt’s overstuffed quasi-symphonic Fantasy for piano and orchestra.

(Dis)Arrangements 8: More Schubert

Schubert left no concertos, but we do have Liszt’s overstuffed quasi-symphonic Fantasy for piano and orchestra.

(Dis)Arrangements 7: Beethoven

This Ninth is fascinating, hugely musical, a testament to Beethoven and Liszt’s combined brilliance.

(Dis)Arrangements 7: Beethoven

This Ninth is fascinating, hugely musical, a testament to Beethoven and Liszt’s combined brilliance.

(Dis)Arrangements 6. / Piano Factory 14.

Bach and Scarlatti on piano are intrinsically arrangements, music relocated to an instrument unanticipated by their composers. Some 19th and 20th-century composer-pianists found Bach and Scarlatti too spindly for the ivories. They added notes and fleshed out chords, and took other liberties such as composing new voices or adjusting harmonies.

(Dis)Arrangements 6. / Piano Factory 14.

Bach and Scarlatti on piano are intrinsically arrangements, music relocated to an instrument unanticipated by their composers. Some 19th and 20th-century composer-pianists found Bach and Scarlatti too spindly for the ivories. They added notes and fleshed out chords, and took other liberties such as composing new voices or adjusting harmonies.

(Dis)Arrangements 5.

In a mood to recycle, Sciarrino generally prefers to rummage through his own material. However, this disc presents a few pieces which adapt and twist others.

(Dis)Arrangements 5.

In a mood to recycle, Sciarrino generally prefers to rummage through his own material. However, this disc presents a few pieces which adapt and twist others.

(Dis)Arrangements 4: Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Mozart’s arrangements take slight liberties: His sources strayed from Bach’s original, not because Mozart thought to make improvements.

(Dis)Arrangements 4: Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Mozart’s arrangements take slight liberties: His sources strayed from Bach’s original, not because Mozart thought to make improvements.

(Dis)Arrangements 3:
Shostakovich Preludes

To accompany their Brandenburg Concerto release, Ensemble Caprice’s director arranged six preludes and one fugue from Op. 87 in complementary instrumentation. It doesn’t sound like Shostakovich – more like polytonal Rameau.

(Dis)Arrangements 3:
Shostakovich Preludes

To accompany their Brandenburg Concerto release, Ensemble Caprice’s director arranged six preludes and one fugue from Op. 87 in complementary instrumentation. It doesn’t sound like Shostakovich – more like polytonal Rameau.

(Dis)Arrangements 2: Goldberg Fever

A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions.

(Dis)Arrangements 2: Goldberg Fever

A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions.