The Listening Room: Episode 85 (18.11.19)


The age of superb pianism continues with Brahms’s First Piano Concerto played (and, unusually, directed from the piano) by Lars Vogt (my guest on a recent Gramophone Podcast), harpsichord music played on the piano by Alexandre Tharaud, our Artist of the Year, Víkingur Ólafsson, performing the Second Piano Concerto by fellow Icelander Haukur Tómasson and, from a fine album of Cyril Scott, a Berceuse played by Nino Gvetadze. And staying with this year’s Award winners, I’ve included a couple of pieces from our Young Artist, Jakub Józef Orliński’s new Erato album 'Facce d'amore'. Vladimir Jurowski, who took charge of this year's Contemporary Award winner, Brett Dean's opera Hamlet, gather some of his LPO principals around him for Mozart's heavenly wind Sinfonia concertante - a wonderful example of collegial music-making of the highest order. 

And talking of Award winners, though from previous years, the ever-wonderful Pavel Haas Quartet adds another composer to their magnificent catalogue - Shostakovich and three of his quartets. I've chosen the Seventh Quartet. The violinist Vilde Frang and her regular piano-partner Mikhail Lifits play Schubert.

Brooklyn Rider and Paul Barnes play Philip Glass's Piano Quintet, drawing some gorgeous sounds from this strking score. And sprinkled throughout this week's Listening Room, I've included a few songs by the wonderful Adèle Charvet with Susan Manoff at the piano. James Jolly

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Brahms Piano Concerto No 1

Royal Northern Sinfonia / Lars Vogt (Ondine)

Bononcini La costanza non gradita nel doppio amore d'Aminta - ‘Infelice mia costanza’

Jakub Józef Orliński; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev (Erato)

C Scott Berceuse

Nino Gvetadze (Challenge Classics)

Shostakovich String Quartet No 7

Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)

Vaughan Williams The House of Life – 'Silent Noon'

Adèle Charvet; Susan Manoff (Alpha)

Royer Premier livre de pièces de clavecin - 'L'Aimable'

Alexandre Tharaud (Erato)

Bolcom Cabaret Songs Vol 1 - 'Amor'

Adèle Charvet; Susan Manoff (Alpha)

Glass Piano Quintet

Brooklyn Rider; Paul Barnes (Orange Mountain Music)

Hasse Orfeo - 'Sempre a si vaghi rai'

Jakub Józef Orliński; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev (Erato)

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon

John Ryan; Ian Hardwick; Thomas Watmough; Jonathan Davies; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (LPO) 

Pärt Nunc dimittis

Marie Hagenfeldt; Sofia Vokalensemble / Bengt Ollén (Footprint Records)

Tómasson Piano Concerto No 2

Víkingur Ólafsson; Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Bjarnsson (Sono Luminis)

Piazzolla Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas – Invierno Porteño (arr Oscher)

Pacho Flores; Real Filharmonia de Galicia / Manuel Hernandez (DG)

Schubert Rondo brillant in B minor, D895

Vilde Frang; Mikhail Lifits (Warner Classics)

Dring Song of a Nightclub Proprietress 

Adèle Charvet; Susan Manoff (Alpha)

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