The Listening Room: Episode 95 (29.4.20)

Kapustin from Dmitry Masleev, Beethoven from Teodor Currentzis, the Sitkovetsky Trio, and Matthias Goerne and Jan Lisiecki, Rattle conducts Wagner, and Duo Pleyel play Schubert's Fantasie

Some unashamedly upbeat music to launch his new playlist – the Second Piano Concerto by Nikolai Kapustin played by the First Prize winner and Gold Medalist of the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition, Dmitry Masleev. Think Gershwin's I got rhythm variations, throw in some extra percussion and a fleet-fingered soloist and you're in for a quarter of an hour's worth of musical fun. And at the other end of the programme, a trio of Tchaikovsky Competition alumni playing a Rachmaninov miniature for six hands!

Some noteworthy Beethoven this week: the Fifth Symphony given the Currentzis treatment. Love it or hate it, it won't leave you unmoved. From Matthias Goerne and Jan Lisiecki, a fine partnership, comes the song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte in a nicely judged performance, youth and experience really paying dividends. And from the estimable Sitkovetsky Trio comes the Piano Trio Op 70 No 2 from the first volume in a projected series, for BIS, of the piano trios. I spoke to violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and his wife the pianist Wu Qian about the project for this week's Gramophone Podcast.

Piano music, solo, comes courtesy of Alberto Ferro – I chosen a trio of Rachmaninov's Études tableaux, and, à deux, Schubert's sublime Fantasie in F minor played by Duo Pleyel on a period instrument. 

Music of our time comes courtesy of Michael Fine and Richard Prior and, from 1943, Rudolf Escher (fabulously played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly), while from centuries earlier we've a piece by Marin Marais

The voice brings us songs by Fauré and George Crumb sung on a terrific – and very cleverly programmed – album by Anna Prohaska with Julius Drake, and, from the opera house, Mascagni from Melody Moore. I've also included a couple of Mozart's coloratura arias from a new album that features the young German soprano Sarah Traubel - the subject of another Gramophone Podcast.

Listen on Apple Music (or in the playlist below)

Kapustin Piano Concerto No 2

Dmitry Masleev; Siberian State Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Lande (Melodiya)

Fine Elegy for …

Robert Walters; Scott Yoo; Erik Arvinder; Maurycy Banaszek; Jonah Kim (Evidence Classics)

Rachmaninov Études tableaux, Op 33 – No 3 in C minor

Alberto Ferro (Muso)

Beethoven Symphony No 5

AnimaAeterna / Teodor Currentzis (Sony Classical)

Rachmaninov Études tableaux, Op 39 – No 2 in A minor

Alberto Ferro (Muso)

Prior Of Shadow and Light

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano (ASO Media)

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte

Matthias Goerne; Jan Lisiecki (DG)

Rachmaninov Études tableaux, Op 39 – No 9 in D

Alberto Ferro (Muso)

Fauré La chanson d'Ève – Paradis

Anna Prohaska; Julius Drake (Alpha)

Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat, Op 70 No 2

Sitkovetsky Trio (BIS)

Crumb Three Early Songs – Wind Elegy

Anna Prohaska; Julius Drake (Alpha)

Marais Sujet. Diversitez

Vittorio Ghielmi; Luca Pianca (Alpha)

Mozart Die Zauberflöte – 'Der Hölle Rache'

Sarah Traubel; Prague Philharmonia / Jochen Riedel (Sony Classical)

Schubert Fantasie in F minor, D940

Duo Pleyel (Linn)

Escher Musique pour l'esprit en deuil

Concertgebouw Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (Brilliant Classics)

Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana – Scene 3: Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto (Easter hymn)

Melody Moore; Elisabetta Fiorillo;, MDR Rundfunkchor; Dresdner Philharmonie / Marek Janowski (Pentatone)

Rachmaninov Pieces for 6 Hands – No. 2, Romance

Andrey Gugnin; Vadim Kholodenko; Lukas Geniušas (Melodiya)

Mozart Schon lacht der holde Frühling

Sarah Traubel; Prague Philharmonia / Jochen Riedel (Sony Classical)

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