Bill Dodd’s DSD Discoveries: Wonderful Performances Apr 14 by Bill Dodd in Dodd's DSD Discoveries

It’s always a pleasure to discover wonderful performances. But it’s really wonderful to discover unfamiliar composers. Tabea Zimmermann (violin) and Kirill Gerstein (piano) come together in an exquisitely recorded, beautifully played set of Sonatas by Brahms, Vieuxtemps, and a wonderful surprise: Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). Clarke was born in England, but lived mostly in the US. Her Sonata for Viola and Piano was written in 1919 and is the most often performed of her very few published works. I was totally charmed by its passion and melodies. The Brahms Sonata was originally written for clarinet and piano, but Brahms himself was just as happy with the viola replacing the clarinet. Well, I’ll let you read the liner notes for yourself, but mostly I want you to listen to the samples from this wonderful album.


MYR004

 

Sonatas for Viola and Piano

 

Kirill Gerstein, piano
Tabea Zimmerman, viola

DSD 64fs,
Stereo, Multi

 

 

The amazing young pianist, Dejan Lazic has recorded 3 “Liasons” albums for Channel Classics. I wish I could remember who it was, but someone once said to me that Dejan Lazic deconstructs his selections, and then reconstructs them in a display of clarity. We were talking of his Ravel at the time, but I think it applies to whatever he does. Each of these three contrasts two different composers. Volume I is Scarlatti and Bartok. Volume II is Schumann and Brahms. Volume III is C.P. E. Bach and Benjamin Britten. All three feature diverse selections making up intriguing programs. They are beautifully played and the recording quality is what you’d expect from Channel Classics. I’m glad to have discovered all three sets. The huge surprises are how well the works of the contrasting composers go together. As the notes say, the recordings reveal their most conspicuous differences and their common denominators. Everything I could write about one album applies equally well to the two others. Highly recommended!


23407


Liaisons, vol. 1
Scarlatti, Bartók


Dejan Lazic
, piano

DSD 64fs,
Stereo, Multi

 

 


27609


Liaisons, vol. 2
Schumann, Brahms


Dejan Lazic
, piano

DSD 64fs,
Stereo, Multi

 

 


28511


Liaisons, vol. 3
C. Ph. E. Bach, Britten


Dejan Lazic
, piano

DSD 64fs,
Stereo, Multi

 

 

After these chamber sized works, how about some really big music, from a big orchestra, conducted by by a man whose reputation is not just big, but legendary! And when you have Bernard Haitink conducting the LSO in Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfoni, you’ve got something to make your heart swell! What could be bigger than the Alps? With growling basses, soaring horns, singing strings, and thundering tympani, the mountains have met their match! Of all of Strauss’s epic tone poems, I think only Don Juan is as thrilling. And with this DSD recording you will be watching the sun rise across the peaks yourself.


LSO0689


Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie


London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor

DSD 64fs,
Stereo, Multi

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd is a retired radio broadcaster who was born and raised near San Francisco, but now lives in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. “Discovery is important to me. Along with finding an exciting new viewpoint of a favorite work, I really love discovering music and composers I haven’t heard before, or haven’t been able to get close to in the past.”

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