Debussy's richly evocative Estampes takes us through exotic gamelan-like sonorities from East Asia and the strumming guitars of Spain, to end amid the bracing excitement of a violent rainstorm in Normandy. Alexander Panfilov was a laureate at the Premio Jaen competition in 2016, at which Manuel Seco de Arpe's elegantly constructed and complex Anamorfosis was the mandatory work. He concludes this recital with Mussorgsky's supremely descriptive Pictures at an Exhibition, one of the great works of the Russian piano tradition.
Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
This Barcelona-born pianist won acclaim for her Mozart performances, but it was her interpretations of the great Spanish composers that made her a star. That's the focus of this set; all the recordings of solo Spanish piano music she made for the Spanish company Hispavox in the '50s and '60s and a live 1971 recording with soprano Victoria De Los Angeles join a Montsalvatge concerto she played in '92. In addition to a wealth of Granados ( Danza Lenta; Allegro De Concierto; Valses Poeticos Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 ) and Albeniz ( Almeria; Triana; El Polo; Lavapies; Malaga; Jerez; Azulejos; Tango; Zaragoza ), she plays Soler ( Sonata en Re Menor; Sonata en Fa Mayor ), De Falla ( Piezas Espa+Ýola; Fantasia Betica ), Turina ( Danzas Fantasticas I, II & III ) and more!