PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.19. Violim Cpmcerto No. 2 im G minor, Op. 65. Violin Sonata in D, Op. 115.
Vadim Gluzman, violin. Estonian National Symphony Orch/Neemi Järvi, cond.
BIS SACD 2142 TT: 60:21
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BACH: Sonata in B minor BWV 1030. Sonata inG minor BWV 1020.
Sonata in E flat, BWV 1031. Sonata in C BWV 1033. Sonata in A BWV 1032.
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute. Ketil Haugsand, harpsichord
AEOLUS SACD AE 10235 TT: 64:14
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JAYDN: String Quartet in E flat, Op. 20 No. l. String Quarttet in C Op. 20 No.
2,. String Quartet in G minor Op. 20 No. 3.
Chiaroscuro Quartet
BIS SACD 5186 TT: 74:34
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Vadim Gluzman enjoys an international career giving numerous concerts and solo appearances with major orchestras. His recording of concertos of Glazunov and Tchaikovsky with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic has been praised on this site (REVIEW). as has his recent recording of the same composer;s violin sonatas (REVIEW). He turns again to Prokofiev with the two violin concertos brilliantly played, with perfect accompaniment from the fine Estonian Orchestra directed by their native conductor, Neemi Järvi who has made countless recordings of varied repertory including a major work by his countryman, Kaljo Raid, the Symphony No. 1 which he recorded for Chandos many years ago (REVIEW). This is a remarkable recording which appears to be unavailable but you might find it on the internet. Very much worth searching out! Back to the new SACD, it also contains Prokofiev's 1947 Violin Sonata, an appropriate companion. Excellent sound
a although not particularly "surround.
A fine issue.

This new AEOLUS SACD offers all five of Bach;'s sonatas for obbligato harpsichord and transverse flute several of which he might not have composed by Bach but are attributed to him. Peter Holtslag, who studied with Franz Bruggen in his native Amsterdam, has toured extensively as soloist both on recorder and transverse flute. CD notes give information about the transverse flute, and these rich performances recorded in March 2014 in Ev. Kitche Aumühle, are heard with an appropriate sense of intimacy.An unusual recording of baroque music on authentic instruments.

Haydn's six Op. 20 quartets, called the "Sun" quartets, were composed in Esterhazy in 1772. The name possibility refers to each quartet's radiant beauty but as a symbol of their importance in the quartet world, setting a high standard for other composers. There have been countless recordings of all six, and now BIS has this first CD of two containing the first three. Performers are the Chiaroscuro Quartet, consisting of four young players: Alina Ibragimova and Pablo Hernández Benedí, violins; Emilie Hörnlund, viola, and Claire Thirion, cello, respectively from Russia, Spain, Sweden and France. They are international recognized as outstanding performers in authentic style, performing on ""gut" strings." Their energetic playing has been beautifully captured buy the engineers in these recordings made February 2015 in Sendesaal Bremen, Germany. I look forward to the second disk in the series.

R.E.B. (September 2016)