BUXTEHUDE: Complete works for organ, Volume 4: Toccata in F. Gelobet Seist Du. Jesu Christ, Nun Lob, Mein Seel, Den Herren. Praeludium in G. Canzonetta in C. Canzonetta in G. Magnificet I.Ton.;Nun Freut Euch, Lieben Christen G'Mein. Canzonetta in D minor. Praeludiium in F. Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ. Wie Schön leuchtet der Morgenstern. Toccata in D minor.
Bine Bryndorf, organist
DA CAPO SACD 6.220514 TT: 65:29
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RIHM: String Quartets Nos. 1, 4, 5 "ohne titel," and 8
Doelen Quartet
CYBELE SACD 261.101 TT: 71:03
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CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49. Bolero, Op. 19. Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66. Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53.
Olga Kern, pianist; Warsaw Philharmonic Orch/Antoni Wit, cond.
HARMONIA MUNDI SACD HMU 807402 TT: 73:59
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DaCapo is to be commended for their interest in music of Dietrich Buxtehude. They have initiated a project of recording his complete organ music, as well as all of his chamber works, This fourth volume in the organ series is the first to be issued on SACD and beautifully captures Bine Bryndorf's splendid performances on the instrument of German Church of Stockholm. The recording was made March 30-31, 2005 with producer Henrik Sleiborg. Harald Vogel is further along in his similar cycle for MD&G (he's up to volume 7), but so far none of his performances have been released on SACD.

Prolific German composer Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952) has written profusely including operas, musical theater works, a wide variety of orchestral works, music for chorus and much chamber music, often scored for rather unusual instruments. Rihm is thought of very highly in the contemporary music scene; one of his staunchest advocates is conductor Riccardo Chailly who included the world premiere of Rihm's remarkable Verwandlung 2 on his opening concert as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (see DVD video REVIEW).The enterprising Cybele label gives us the opportunity to hear four of Rihm's string quartets, challenging listening indeed, but rewarding ultimately, and one can only have admiration for the superb Doelen Quartet that performs this incredibly difficult music to perfection.. The SACD sound is excellent.

Surely Olga Kern is one of the most gifted young pianists on the international scene. Since receiving the gold medal in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she has concertized extensively including a tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Antoni Wit playing Chopin's Concerto No. 1. This disk features their performance recorded November 8-9, 2004 at Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California. It's surprising that this performance is so bland; there are few fireworks in this performance.. In the solos, recorded in January-February 2005 in London, it seems Kern is trying to make a statement by exaggeration, and it doesn't quite work. Undoubtedly the visual element in her performances is a factor in her success, but on recordings we are deprived of her physical communication with her audiences. The sound is excellent, if a bit boxy.

R.E.B. (August 2006)

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