The Listening Room: Episode 27 (April 27, 2018)

The Listening RoomFri 27th April 2018

Haydn’s Clock from Thomas Fey and his Trumpet Concerto played by Manuel Blanco, Nicholas Phan sings Fauré plus string quartets by Beethoven and Elena Ruehr. Taster tracks of Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Jaroussky, Yeol Eum Son and a Brahms song arrangement

It was an advertisement in the new issue of Gramophone by Universal Spain that aroused my curiosity about the Spanish trumpeter Manuel Blanco. And I’m glad it did because he’s a terrific player and his version of the Haydn concerto, a work I’ve not listened to in ages, is superb. And while in Haydn mood I’ve also tucked in a symphony (the Clock) from a series that I’ve loved getting to know as it came out – only to be halted (not, I hope, for ever) by Thomas Fey’s  serious illness. But the ‘London’ symphonies have recently emerged and with a few new performances included (hence, this invigorating performance of No 101). This is imaginative, inventive, witty and joyous music-making, and it makes one hope that the journey can continue. From Haydn to Mozart (for a set of piano variations) and Beethoven (one of the Op 18 string quartets) isn’t such a step and the standard of music-making here is very high. 

Talking of string quartets, I’ve another, but one by the American composer Elena Ruehr; her First Quartet dates from  1991 and has a rare beauty that comes across so well in this new recording by the Cypress Quartet who really convey the fibre of this often delicately woven music.

Other impressive music-making this week comes from the cello-and-piano duo of Maja Bogdanovic and Maria Belooussova in Glière’s Ballad, and from the tenor Nicholas Phan, with the Telegraph Quartet and Myra Huang, in Fauré’s iridescent and shimmering cycle, La bonne chanson. I’ve also Zelenka from Ensemble Berlin Prag, wonderfully unpredictable music, and the fine voice of Carolyn Dobbin in a trio of songs by Joan Trimble (1915-2000) from Northern Ireland and a pupil of Howells, Vaughan Williams and Arthur Benjamin. Iain Burnside is, as always, the sensitive partner at the piano.

A handful of taster tracks from brand-new or soon-to-be released albums – Philippe Jaroussky singing Gluck, Emmanuel Pahud in solo Telemann, guitar music by Carlo Domeniconi, a Pachelbel cantata, a gorgeous miniature by François Couperin and a lovely transcription of Brahms’s song ‘Wie Melodien zieht es wir’.

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The tracks:

Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat 

Manuel Blanco; Orchestra Nacional de España / Josep Pons (Decca)

Glière Ballad

Maja Bogdanovic; Maria Beloousova (Orchid Classics)

Fauré La bonne chanson

Nicholas Phan; Telegraph Quartet; Myra Huang (Avie)   

F Couperin Second livre de clavecin, Ordre VI: V. Les barricades mystérieuse

La Rêveuse (Mirare)    

Haydn Symphony No 101, 'The Clock'

Heidelberg SO / Thomas Fey (Hännsler Classic)

Ruehr String Quartet No 1

Cypress Quartet (Avie)

Zelenka Trio Sonata No 6 in C minor

Ensemble Berlin Prag (Supraphon)  

Trimble Green Rain; Girl's Song; My Grief on the Sea

Carolyn Dobbin; Iain Burnside (Delphian)

Domeniconi Taqsim

Celil Refik Kaya (Naxos)

Beethoven String Quartet in G, Op 18 No 2

Eybler Quartet (Coro)

Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice – Che farò senza Euridice

Philippe Jaroussky; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis (Erato)

Telemann Fantasia No 1 in A

Emmanuel Pahud (Warner Classics)

Mozart Variations in C on 'Lisons dormait'

Yeol Eum Son  (Onyx) 

Pachelbel Christ ist erstanden

Nahuel di Pierro; Johannes Pramsohler; Ensemble Diderot (Audax)

Brahms Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op 105 No 1

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch; Tuija Hakkila (Ondine)

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