Recent Personal Discoveries

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New repertory, new great interpretations.

From further listening of various new releases, here are some quite interesting discoveries either in repertory or in performances of well-known masterworks:

- Sterkel's Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin with the specialist fortepianist Els Biesemans and the excellent Baroque violinist Meret Luthi, on Ramee. Another neglected but worthy composer of the Classi0cal era. Thanks to DHM, in 2014, we got to know two of his exciting Symphonies plus an impressive Grand Overture for grand orchestra. Now, Ramee gives us a glimpse of his fine chamber works along with a couple of solo Keyboard works. High production values.

- Pergolesi's masterful Mass in D along with the Motteto Dignas Laude, in an excellent production by the eclectic label Arcana, performed with style by the Chorus and Orchestra Ghislieri under Giulio Prandi.

From the new discoveries in performances:

- Inside the Hearing Machine: Beethoven on his Broadwood. The last three Piano Sonatas, performed on an excellent replica of the composer's instrument with an enhanced mechanism and the hearing machine mounted on Beethoven's Broadwood. Some special conditions under the supervision and guidance by the soloist were used during this very special recording and production of Evil Penguin Records. The provided sound is utterly exciting, while the performances of these magnificent and complex sonatas are well carried out, offering one of a kind new light on these works and, at the same time, a rewarding listening experience.

- Major-minor: Beethoven's String Quartet in f minor, Op.95, and Schubert's String Quartet in G major, D.887, brilliantly performed by the Oslo String Quartet, in a most impressive recording by the Norwegian label 2L. In short, two superb works of the highest artistic order, in extremely eloquent in terms of passion and refinement performances, in astounding production .

Parla

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