Archive for June, 2012

Anna Vinnitskaya plays Ravel

Posted in Instrumental, Piano solo with tags , , on June 28, 2012 by orinococds

Anna Vinnitskaya plays Ravel piano works V5284  NZ $33

Up and coming Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya (previously recorded on Naive label playing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and the Ravel G major concerto), excels in these solo pieces. With a tremendous insight into Ravel’s complex soundscapes, she is a worthy successor to Gieseking and Michelangeli.

New, refreshing and played with fabulous technique – click here to listen to tracks on the Naive website.

Said John Button in the Dominion Post (Wellington, NZ, 28 June 2012):  “With biting finger work and magnificent control of dynamics this a masterly display, and with very fine recording quality, this is a significant release…” ****½ stars

CD Contents: Pavane pour une infante défunte | Miroirs (Noctuelles, Oiseaux tristes, Une Barque sur l’océan) | Alborada del gracioso | La Vallée des cloches | Gaspard de la nuit  (Ondine,  Le Gibet, Scarbo)

Playing time: 57 min

Biography (Wikipedia):

Anna Vinnitskaya was born in Novorossiysk. She displayed musical talent from an early age, following her first piano lessons at age 6. From 1995 to 2001, she studied at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don with Sergei Ossipenko, after which she was admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where she studied with Ralf Nattkemper and Evgeni Koroliov. As a soloist, she has played with major orchestras, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Milan Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, and has given recitals all around Europe.

She entered the competition circuit at age 13, winning first prize at the International Junoshenki competition. In 2000 she achieved a third place at the Monza Competition and two years later first place at the Jaèn Competition, where she also won the Audience Award. This was followed with a first prize at the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg in 2004, and the fourth prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition in Bolzano in 2005.

On 2 June 2007, she won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. After a memorable Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel) in the first rounds, she impressed the audience and jury in the final round with Beethoven’s Sonata No.13 in E flat “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27 No.1; the compulsory work La Luna y la Muerte by Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher; and the Piano Concerto No.2 by Sergei Prokofiev. Vinnitskaya was only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to win the first prize, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (full length) – Seoul Philharmonic in HD on YouTube

Posted in Orchestral, symphony with tags , , on June 27, 2012 by orinococds

Once upon a time you could watch this kind of thing on free-to-air television, although  in some countries that seems still to be possible. A lovely performance from a truly polished orchestra.

Click on the link below (blue highlighted) for the full symphony in Hi Def and good quality sound.

Chung Myung-Whun (Seoul Phil Orchestra Music Director & Permanent Conductor) | Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra| 16th May,2011. Korean Art Centre Concert Hall, Seoul Korea

Bach Collegium Japan – soothing music for Japan, post-earthquake

Posted in Baroque, Choral with tags , , on June 24, 2012 by orinococds

Bach Collegium Japan | BISCD2011 | 82 MIN | NZ $33

Serene musical pieces for reflection and relaxation, including excerpts from the Cantatas and orchestral works featured in the Bach Collegium of Japan’s renowned back catalogue.

Tracks:- Sinfonia from Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV156;  Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV156/2: aria & chorale;  Sonatina from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV106; Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen, BWV127/3: aria;  Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727: organ chorale;  In deine Hände befehl ich meinen Geist, BWV106/3a: aria / Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein, BWV106/3b: arioso & chorale;  Air from Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV1068;  Bete aber auch dabei, BWV115/4: aria; 9. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641: organ chorale;  Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV170/1: aria;  Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV151/1: aria;  Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639: organ chorale;  Wie zittern und wanken, BWV105/3: aria; 14. Es ist vollbracht, BWV159/4: aria; 15. Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV229: motet

Bach Collegium Japan, choir & orchestra | Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Miah Persson, soprano  | Susanne Rydén, soprano | Carolyn Sampson, soprano | Hana Blažíková, soprano| Robin Blaze, counter-tenor | Yoshikazu Mera, counter-tenor | Gerd Türk, tenor | Peter Kooij, bass | Masaaki Suzuki, organ

Janacek Piano Works – Alain Planes Mid-price

Posted in Instrumental with tags , , on June 23, 2012 by orinococds

Janacek piano works Alain Planes (pno) HMG 501508 NZ $25

Janacek’s notable piano works represented on one stylish cd.

BBC Music magazine Aug 2010 **** “There is poetry aplenty, but he is not afraid of the music’s dark heart.”

CD features:- In the Mists; On an Overgrown Path; Sonata (1905); Souvenir

Harmonia Mundi Gold series. Playing time 1hr, 15 min

Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music Op. 61 Mid-price

Posted in Orchestral with tags , , on June 23, 2012 by orinococds

Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music HMG501502 NZ $25

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs-Élysées | Philippe Herreweghe | Sandrine Piau (soprano) | Delphine Collot (soprano)

‘With baroque music as “flavour of the age”, it seems only natural that we should rediscover – indeed reappraise – all that is neat, winsome and uncluttered in Mendelssohn’s music, its slender forms and high level of invention. (…) Herreweghe’s lively offering is best recommended to those whose main priority is a sense of period orchestral texture’ Gramophone
‘…one of the lightest performances of the work that I have ever heard.’ Fanfare

This title was released for the first time in 1994

Harmonia Mundi Gold series; playing time 56 min.

Vivaldi Violin Concertos Vol. IV

Posted in Baroque with tags , , on June 23, 2012 by orinococds

Vivaldi Violin Concertos Vol. 4. Naive OP30533 NZ$ 32

Latest release in the innovative series by Naive, often featuring newly-discovered works by Antonio Vivaldi.

This is the 46th title in the Vivaldi Edition and the 4th volume, out of approximately 12, of the series dedicated to the violin concertos whose manuscripts are held in the National Library of Turin. All the concertos selected here were composed for, dedicated to or performed in front of Charles VI (1685-1740), sovereign of the Habsburg Empire, renowned as patron and passionate lover of music. This series of 7 concertos is an overview of the complete art of Vivaldi as a composer and violinist: large-scale music, invention, expression, energy, power of evocation, played with considerable virtuosity.

Riccardo Minasi, 33, is one of the leading Italian baroque violinists and also has a career as a conductor Il Pomo d’Oro is a new baroque orchestra that gathers excellent musicians from several high-level baroque orchestras including Il Complesso Barocco.

CD features:- Concerto No. 1 in C major RV 181a; Concerto No. 4 in E major RV 263a; Concerto, RV327; Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 ‘L’Amoroso’; Concerto No. 12 in B minor RV 391; Concerto in C Major, RV 171; Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV331 – Riccardo Minasi (violin & direction) | Il Pomo d’Oro

Debussy: Orchestral Works complete

Posted in Orchestral with tags , , , on June 21, 2012 by orinococds

Debussy Orchestral Works; Scottish National Orchestra, Stephane Deneve. CHAN CHSA5102(2) NZ $65

Recognised internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève took up the post of Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2005, and has since attracted attention from audiences and critics alike. This May, the conductor bids a fond farewell to Scotland and the RSNO with a series of ‘Au Revoir’ concerts, and of course, this disc of orchestral works by Debussy.

“Under the inspirational leadership [of Deneve], the RSNO are playing with a combination of muscle and finesse that is irresistible. … Anyone interested in just how French music should be performed, and would like superlative sound, should look no further.”
John Button, DomPost, 21 June 2012

“… These are among the most seductive Debussy performances I have heard in years.” ****
Andrew Clark – The Financial Times – 9 June 2012

CD of the Week
“… The RSNO’s playing has moved up a notch under his baton, with luscious string sounds an superb wind soloists. Even that symphonic warhorse La Mer sound freshly reimagined by the young Frenchman, whose sense of the music’s ebb and flow, with surging climaxes, is unerring. On this two disc-set – an ideal way to aquire Debussy’s orchestral masterpieces – even the makeweights are compelling and the rare Marche Ecossaise is an apt souvenir of Denève’s Scottish sojourn.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 3 June 2012

Works include Images, La Mer, Nocturnes, Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, Jeux plus several lesser-recorded pieces, 2 hr 25 min playing time, in both SACD and normal CD format.