For her first "Classical Album" the hyper-successful crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae has chosen to perform solid German repertoire-perhaps as a way of saying "my pop discs may have sold millions, but I can still cut the classical mustard". And cut it she mostly does, though not in the first item, Bach's Solo Partita No. 3 in E.
The identity of the composer of the keyboard quartets on this disc remains, even after a great deal of research, an enigma. The name Lorenzo Weckbacher, with the further description ‘maître de chapelle da sa Majesté le Roi de Prusse’ adorns the first of the more than 370 pages of the manuscript (no. 64.182) that is kept in the library of the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. The collection contains seven keyboard quartets, a keyboard concerto, two Ouvertures and two orchestral concertos, all in the same handwriting and marked being composed by Lorenzo Weckbacher, a composer otherwise completely unknown.
French singer and model Vanessa Paradis first hit the charts in 1987 at the tender age of 14. Her single "Joe le Taxi" spent 11 weeks at the top of the French charts, and proved an international success as well. She recorded two albums in Paris before traveling to New York in 1992 to record her self-titled English-language debut, with one-time boyfriend Lenny Kravitz as producer…
Roberta Alexander’s outstanding CD of vocal music by Samuel Barber demonstrates the soprano’s understanding of the composer’s musical language and emotional content … The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic plays very well under the tasteful leadership of Edo de Waart.