…An exceptionally interesting chamber music record that allows a dynamic and original young musician to produce himself in very elegant company indeed!
This is a fine recording of two vastly under-appreciated works by young cello virtuoso Han-Na Chang. She has the extraordinary technique to play the excruciatingly difficult cadenza in the central movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the sustained tone to play the long, lyrical melodies in the opening movement of the cello sonata. Antonio Pappano is a faithful accompanist whether he's directing the London Symphony Orchestra in the Sinfonia Concertante or playing the piano in the cello sonata.
Jaan Rääts is a composer with a fairly constant sound and style. The bulk of his work consists of instrumental music. From 1957–1993, Rääts completed ten symphonies. He has also written 24 concertos for orchestra and soloist(s) and two concertos for chamber orchestra, symphonic pieces and a lot of chamber music……..
The Cello Concerto, written in 1975/6 for Siegried Palm who plays it here, is a powerful, angry work, with vehement utterances from the cello interrupted or underpinned by violent orchestral outbursts, with some poetic, bird-like woodwind trilling - a typical Yun gesture - buried deep in the texture. The Concerto does go through more appeased moments, although always an underlying tension and sense of pent-up menace. Other typical gestures of Yun are the quarter tone string glissandos you can hear between 4 and 7:00, or the delicately tinkering bells over high-pitch string tremolos at 11:40 announcing a new outburst, or again the ghostly tapestry of string glissandos at 23:30. The Sonata for oboe, harp and viola from 1979 was …..Discophage @ Amazon.com
The Second Concerto can seem an oddly diffuse work in lesser hands and it is to Sol Gabetta's credit that she offers a distinctive, introspective approach, daringly spacious at times, deliberately eschewing superficial excitement.
Ginastera was Argentina's most famous composer. In the early part of his career he composed music with strong reflections of the folk music of the country. Later, by the time he wrote this 1969 violin concerto, he had adopted a more international, often atonal, style. The form of the concertoo is strikingly original, as is the music itself. The concerto begins with a cadenza. Then there are six variations on music from the cadenza, in the form of ……
These are powerful performances of quite interesting 20th Century duets for two violins. If one is at all open to a 20th Century aesthetic, this disc is worth hearing.D. Scott @ Amazon.com
These live recordings from 1985 are fantastic treasures. Oleg Kagan plays the Violin Sonata (1968) and Yuri Bashmet plays the Viola Sonata (1975), which was Shostakovich's last work, both accompanied by the great Sviatoslav Richter on piano. Kagan, who died at a tragically young age, was a student of David Oistrakh, the dedicatee of the Violin Sonata. Yuri Bashmet was the star student of Fjodor Drushinin, the violist of the Beethoven Quartet, and the dedicatee of the Viola Sonata. These are unmistakably works of the late Shostakovich, brooding and dark.