James Jolly's weekly selection of new releases includes a Shostakovich symphony from Andris Nelsons, a Beethoven quartet from the Elias and tasters of piano music from Víkingur Ólafsson and Alice Sara Ott
Two great masterpieces nestle among this week’s choices – Beethoven’s Third Razumovsky Quartet, the Op 59 No 3 in C, part of the Elias Quartet’s magnificent cycle for Wigmore Hall Live and, part of another ongoing series, Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons – a terrific performance of an overwhelmingly powerful work
More Beethoven comes courtesy of the early Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello in B flat, a work that predates the Op 18 quartets by a year or so and part of a group of chamber pieces that employ woodwinds – played with this kind of authority by Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer and Claudio Bohorquez, it’s a charmer.
From a splendid new album by the impressive Seattle SO, comes Ravel’s La valse – a truly disquieting reflection, surely, on the gradual breakdown of cultural life as imagined through the Viennese waltz.
Other gems just out include a Vivaldi concerto from the Gramophone Award-winning La Serenissima, Richard Strauss’s appropriately arresting Festmarsch, a Nunc dimittis composed by Julian Anderson, a Soler keyboard sonata and a Chopin Nocturne played by the increasingly impressive George Li, an alumnus of the last Tchaikovsky Competition. Pre-release tracks this week are a Bach keyboard movement played by Víkingur Ólafsson, who gave us such a masterly album of Philip Glass a few years ago, and Alice Sara Ott playing a Debussy favourite. And, to close, the final moments of Rameau’s Le temple de la gloire, in a lively performance directed by Nicholas McGegan.
R Strauss Festmarsch
Staatskapelle Weimar / Kyrill Karabits (Audite)
JS Bach Concerto in D minor, BWV974 - Adagio
Víkingur Ólafsson (DG)
J Anderson Nunc dimittis
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge / Geoffrey Webber (Delphian) NOT IN QOBUZ
Vivaldi Concerto for two horns, strings and continuo in F, RV538
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler (Avie) NOT IN QOBUZ
Beethoven Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in B flat, Op 11, 'Gassenhauer'
Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer, Claudio Bohorquez (Alpha)
Ravel La valse
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot (Seattle SO)
Debussy Suite Bergamasque - Clair de lune
Alice Sara Ott (DG)
Beethoven String Quartet in C, Op 59 No 3, 'Razumovsky'
Elias Quartet (Wigmore Hall Live)
Soler Sonata No 80 in G minor
Soo-Jung Ann (Naxos)
Shostakovich Symphony No 4
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons (DG)
Chopin Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor, Op posth
George Li (Warner Classics)
Rameau Le temple de la gloire - Act 3, 'Air pour les romains et les romaines'
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan (Philharnonia Baroque Productions)