The Listening Room (7.8.21)

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Concertos by Copland, Kapustin and Poulenc, Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder sung by Anja Harteros and a feast of pre-release tracks from Víkingur Ólafsson, Daniil Trifonov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Igor Levit, Janine Jansen and Antonio Pappano, and Gautier Capuçon. All in lossless audio

A rich crop this week including a trio terrific concerto albums – the Copland for clarinet played by Blaž Šparovec, Poulenc’s for two pianos played by Duo Jatekok and, to start, the thrilling romp that is Nikolai Kapustin’s Fourth Piano Concerto, a delicious jazz-classical fusion played with considerable verve by Frank Dupree (who also closes the playlist with viola-player Timothy Ridout in a transcription of a song from Schumann’s Dichterliebe).

Other treats include the Barber String Quartet (which gave us the celebrated Adagio), John Corigliano’s Violin Sonata and some very impressive Busoni piano music played by Peter Donohoe – just his thing and hopefully the portent of much more to come.

The fine Anja Harteros joins the Munich Phil for Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, and we end with a veritable tasting menu of small plates that are pre-release tracks by some of the liveliest pianists on the planet – something to whet the appetite for the autumn releases.

Kapustin Piano Concerto No 4

Frank Dupree; Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn / Case Scaglione (Capriccio)

Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder

Anja Harteros; Munich PO / Valery Gergiev (Orfeo)

Barber String Quartet

Escher Quartet (BIS)

JS Bach/Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue

Peter Donohoe (Chandos)

Copland Clarinet Concerto

Blaž Šparovec; Odense SO / Anna Skryleva (Orchid Classics)

Corigliano Violin Sonata

Adam Bruderek; Anna Prabucka- Firlej (Dux)

Poulenc Concerto for two pianos

Duo Jatekok; Orchestre National de Lille / Lucie Leguay (Alpha Classics)

JS Bach Cello Suite No 1 – Gavotte

Gautier Capucon (Erato) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

Mozart Rondo in D, K485

Víkingur Ólafsson (DG) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

Stevenson Passacaglia on DSCH, Pars Prima – Waltz in Rondo-Form

Igor Levit (Sony Classical) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

JS Bach English Suite No 1 – Prelude

Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

Kreisler Liebesleid

Janine Jansen; Antonio Pappano (Decca) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

JC Bach Sonata No 5 in A, Op 17 No 5 – Allegro

Daniil Trifonov (DG) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

Brahms Six Piano Pieces, op 118 – No 2, Intermezzo in A

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Decca) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

Busoni Sonatina No 6, BV284, Kammer-Fantaise über ‘Carmen’

Peter Donohoe (Chandos)

Schumann Dichterliebe (arr va and pf)

Timothy Ridout; Frank Dupree (Harmonia Mundi) PRE-RELEASE TRACK

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