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jfl Dip Your Ears, No. 227 (OK Stravinsky in the Cards for Gergiev)

I.Stravinsky, Petrushka (1911 Version), Jeu de Cartes
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev is as streaky a conductor as they come. Sensational, awful, and perfectly fine if eventless recordings follow in unpredictable order and ratio. This release of Petrushka (in the 1911 Version) and Jeu de Cartes feels like it was recorded on the go, rather than have love

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Sudbin’s Beethoven (CD of the Month)

L. van Beethoven, Sonatas, op. 110-111 / Bagatelles, Y. Sudbin
(released on March 1, 2019)
Bis BIS-2208 | 62’53”
Yevgeny Sudbin has long been a favorite here at Ionarts, for his delightful recital discs devoted to single composers, especially Domenico Scarlatti, Scriabin, and Haydn. As far as Beethoven, the Russian-born pianist has only recorded the piano concertos so far, until this disc

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jfl Dip Your Ears, No. 228 (Jean Muller’s Starts Fine New Mozart Sonata Cycle)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonatas K332, K281, K331, K570
Jean Muller (piano)
Hänssler Classic

This is the opening shot of a new cycle of Mozart sonatas—which, going by the Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle survey on ionarts and counting a few incomplete ones—should be the 84th such cycle! Needless to say, with such competition, both historic and new, it’s hard to leave a mark. While these

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jfl On ClassicsToday: The Finest Modern Recording of the Mieczysław Weinberg Piano Quintet?

The Stamic Quartet’s Great Weinberg & Bloch Comboby Jens F. Laurson
For it being one of the absolutely great chamber works of the 20th century, there aren’t actually that many good recordings of the Mieczysław Weinberg Piano Quintet. I have yet to listen to the Attacca Quartet’s and the Silesian String Quartet’s most recent releases, but… Continue Reading

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Technical Finesse From The Sitkovetsky Trio in Mendelssohn

Superbly Played Mendelssohn From The Sitkovetsky Trio, But Something’s Missingby Jens F. Laurson
The Mendelssohn Piano Trios live an existence in fame-limbo: not neglected but not quite part of the hard core of piano trios that the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Dvořák, and Schumann occupy. Within Mendelssohn’s œvre they don’t have the beaming geniality of the… Continue Reading

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto

B. A. Zimmermann, Violin Concerto / Photoptosis / Die Soldaten Vocal Symphony, L. Josefowicz, A. Komsi, J. Packalen, V. Rusanen, H. Summers, P. Tantsits, J. Uusitalo, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, H. Lintu
(released on February 8, 2019)
Ondine ODE1325-2 | 73’45”
Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s music can be relentless, which does not necessarily make for pleasant listening. Finnish conductor Hannu

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jfl In the US Catholic Herald: Sonatas to help you pray the rosary

Sonatas to help you pray the rosaryJens Laurson 7 March, 2019

Whether you listen to this as absolute music or as the background to deliberate contemplation, you have a
choice of some excellent recordingsCatholics who love the rosary may be unaware of an extraordinary aid to their prayer: the Rosary Sonatas, by the Bohemian composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber.Biber was employed

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jfl In the US Catholic Herald: Grand motets worthy of a king

Grand motets worthy of a kingJens Laurson 21 February, 2019Louis XIV Gate at Versailles (Max Pixel)

Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) succeeded Jean-Baptiste Lully at the court of Louis XIV and was in charge of dinner music, where he provided oodles of deliciously entertaining baroque muzak. Good as that music is, if you want to turn it up a notch, go seek out de Lalande’s Grand Motets,

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jfl Dip Your Ears, No. 227 (Te Deum for the Successful Sacking of Freiburg)

Henry Madin, Te Deum pour le Victoires de Louis XV; Diligam Te, Domine
D.Cuiller, Stradivaria, Les Cris de Paris

The liner notes start: “Henry Madin is and will remain famous for having [been…] sous-maître de la musique de la Chapelle du Roy.” Hold it right there. Madin is not famous in the least, he’s utterly unknown. However, if modern fame is in the cards for him, this

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