GOUNOD: Symphony No. 1 in D. Symphony No. 2 in E Flat.
CATOIRE: Piano Quintet in G minir, Op, 28.. FRIEDMANN: Piano Quintet
in C minor. Bengt Foirsberg, piano. Nils-Erik Sparf, Ulf Fro Forsberg,
violins; Ellen Niusbeth, viola. Andreas Brantelid, cello.
BEETHOVEN-LISZT: Adelaide. SCHUBERT: Sobata iin E flat, D. 568.
HAYDN: Andante with Variations in F, SAY: Black Earth. BARTOK: Out
In 1839 Charles Gounod while living in Roe won the Prix de Rome for his cantata Fernand. Mendelssohn encouraged the young composer and urged hium to write another symphony .Symphony No. 1 had its premiere in 1855, and Symphony No. 2 had its premiere the following year. Both symphonies clearly show the influence of Mendelssohn. Each has four movements the third of each is a scherzo although both are hardly light in character. Often we have Schubertian sounds, but there is reason this music has been neglected. However, it is intriguing to hear these early efforts by a composer who later on wrote music of lasting interest. The Iceland Symphony plays well under Yan Pascal Tortelier's direction, and the recording made in Iceland's Eldborg , Harpa Reykjavik is sonically OK although not particularly "surround."
Here is an opportunity opportunity to t0 hear piano quintets that doubtless will be new to most listeners Russian Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861 - 1926) studied in Moscow and Berlin. Tchaikovsky was impressed with the young man's transcription of one of his works. Çatore studied briefly with Rimsky-Korsakov and Liadov, and composed many works for chamber ensemble, piano music, and one symphony. However, his music never attracted audiences or performers, although David Oistrakh recorded all of his music for violin and piano. Ignace Friedman (1882 - 1948) was a child prodigy who amazed the musical world with his virtuosity and style, particularly recognized for his Chopin. During his career, Friedman gave at least 2,800 concerts, but made surprisingly few recordings, some have been issued on CD. His Piano Quintet is pleasant enough, but hardly memorable, which also describes the Çatoire quintet. Nothing spercial here; the cover illustration suggests a drama not found in the music. Pianist Bengt Forsberg and his associates surely make a strong case for the music. The recording was made January 2017 in Stockholm's Allelgonakyrkan. Engineering presents a very realistic sonic picture.
Young Turkish pianist Can Çamur (b. 1997) studied in Ankara and Paris, and now is at the Franz Liszt Academy in Weimar. He won the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In January 2019, a few weeks later made this, he made his first recording. It is a wide-ranging program as detailed above, and he surely displays virtuosity and understanding of the repertory. It seems odd the program doesn't iclude any of the typical virtuoso showpieces. I found the 7-minute piece by his countryman, Fazil Say, fascinating. This is Say;s transcription of a Turkish folk song Black Earth., s song accompanied by the baglama, a lute-like plucked instrument. This effect is achieved on the piano by pressing the strings with one hand while playing on the keys with the other. This is an auspicious first disk by a pianist to watch. You can see Can Çamur on You Tube .Excellent audio.
R.E.B. (May 2019)