Reviews

Review of JS BACH Harpsichord Works (Vinikour)

JS BACH Harpsichord Works (Vinikour)

The American harpsichordist Jory Vinikour has been working his way through the core repertoire for his instrument – the complete...

Sono Luminus
Reviewed by Lindsay Kemp in issue: 05/2020

Review of JS BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2 (Schiff)

JS BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2 (Schiff)

András Schiff’s penchant for cyclical programming started to reach Busonian proportions in the 21st century’s first decade, and hasn’t let...

Naxos
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 05/2020

Review of Two Lutes with Grace (Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer)

Two Lutes with Grace (Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer)

As Marc Lewon says in his note, the lute duet is the most easily documented ensemble from the 15th century;...

Naxos
Reviewed by David Fallows in issue: 04/2020

Review of Phoenix Piano Trio: The Leipzig Circle

Phoenix Piano Trio: The Leipzig Circle

It’s interesting to see what can be achieved with a little bit of imaginative programming. It’s not too much of...

Stone
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 05/2020

Review of Oberon Trio: Duality

Oberon Trio: Duality

Haydn’s D minor Trio begins with a stunning set of double variations alternating minor and major modes, ascending and descending...

Avi Music
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 05/2020

Review of Paul Tortelier: RIAS Recordings

Paul Tortelier: RIAS Recordings

What we have here, to quote Rüdiger Albrecht’s comprehensive booklet note, are first-release recordings ‘made in 1949, 1962 and 1964...

Audite
Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 04/2020

Review of WEIGL String Quartets Nos 7 & 8 (Thomas Christian Ensemble)

WEIGL String Quartets Nos 7 & 8 (Thomas Christian Ensemble)

Thomas Christian’s ensemble is well placed to broaden and deepen our understanding of an overlooked Viennese contemporary of Schoenberg. I...

CPO
Reviewed by Peter Quantrill in issue: 05/2020

Review of SCHUMANN Piano Quintet. Piano Quartet (Mortensen, Engegård Quartet)

SCHUMANN Piano Quintet. Piano Quartet (Mortensen, Engegård Quartet)

CD artwork can be terribly generic. Yes, these are Norwegian artists on a Norwegian label, and the moody monochrome seascape...

Lawo
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 04/2020

Review of HANDEL Works For Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (Ibrahim Aziz)

HANDEL Works For Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (Ibrahim Aziz)

It’s the non-Handel works and the music not originally for viola da gamba that are particularly interesting on this new...

First Hand
Reviewed by Mark Seow in issue: 05/2020

Review of GRIEG Violin Sonatas (Elena Urioste)

GRIEG Violin Sonatas (Elena Urioste)

Grieg’s violin sonatas still seem to get a raw deal on disc. And yet, as the composer himself said, ‘these...

Orchid Classics
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 05/2020

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