CHOPIN: Preludes, Op. 28. 7 Mazurkas
Ingrid Fliter, piano.
LINN SACD CKD 475 TT: 73:00

RACHMANINOFF: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Trio Testore
AUDITE SACD 92.691 TT: 64:54

PROKOFIEV: Visions fugitives, Opo. 22. HINDEMITH: Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op. 44 No. 4. WEBERN: Five Pieces, Op. 5. BARTÓK: Divertimento for Strings
Canerata Nordica/Terie Tonnesen
BIS SACD 2120 TT: 68:35


Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter has been praised on this site for her performance of the two Chopin concertos (REVIEW). Her first recordings were made a few years ago for EMI, and now she records for LINN. She is known for her Chopin, and her mentors include Martha Argerich, a leading interpreters of his music. Her reading of the Op. 28 Preludes surely is impressive, and the mazurkas have just the right lilt. Linn seems to be giving this pianist the deluxe treatment—this recording also is being issued on vinyl. The recording was made in a highly resonant acoustic resulting in rich sound perhaps a touch undefined. This is a lovely disk.

Two of the major works for trio are coupled on Audite's new SACD featuring Trio Testore (Franziska Pietsch (violin), Hans-Christian Schweiker (cello), and Hyun-Jung Kim-Schweiker (piano). They took their name from the violin maker who crafted both string instruments, claiming their sound is enhanced by the association. There surely is no question that what we hear is indeed a rich blend of the two instruments surely appropriate for this music. Both of Rachmaninoff's piano trios were written in his youth, and both show the influence of Tchaikovsky. The first is called "elegaic" and ends with a sad funeral march. Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio dates from 1881and was composed "in memory of a great artist," Nikolai Rubinstein who, in addition to being a well-known composer and conductor, was head of the Moscow Conservatory and helped Tchaikovsky in his teaching career.The Trio is a large-scale work opening with a 19-minute elegaic movement followed by an extensive set of theme and variations. Both works are played superbly, and Audite's recording team has captured their sound to perfection.

Recently Camerata Nordica directed by Terje Tonnesen was praised on this site for their brilliant SACD of music of Benjamin Britten (REVIEW). Now we have this remarkable recording of 20th century repertory, all played with equal expertise. We have Prokofiev's Visions fugitives, am early set of brief miniatures (the shortest is :26, the longest 2:20). This is followed by Hindemith's seldom-heard Five Pieces for String Orchestra, composed in 1927, and Webern's own sparse version of his Five Pieces, Op. 5. Bartók's familiar Divertimento ends this distinctive program. Terrific audio from BIS, not particularly surround but totally satisfying.

R.E.B. (November 2014)