Album Tweets 2.
“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 (Ondine – Le gibet – Scarbo, 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.
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.
Middling renditions of middling music, hardly “zany” or rarely heard. Gustav Leonhardt made rather more of this oeuvre (order via CDJapan).
“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.
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.
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