BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Op. Op. 12 No. 1. Violin Sonata
No. 2 in A Op. 12 No 2. Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat Op. 12 No.
3. Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Op. 23
BRITTEN: Peter Grimes
BACH: St. John Passion
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes had its premiere at Sadler's Wells June 7,1945. It was an instant success and is now standard repertory. The story focuses on the tragic life of Peter Grimes a fisherman outsider not understood by the community. Grimes is a tragic figure and his demanding association with his young apprentice John, who was his young apprentice. John dies mysteriously and Grimes sets sail and disappears in the sea. The composer made two recordings, the first in 1958, both with his friend Peter Pears, in the title role There have been many recordings since and now we have this superb one featuring the Bergen Philharmonic conducted by Edward Gardner. The cast throughout is first-rate, headed by Stuart Skelton in the title role. The recording was made in Norway's Grieg Hall 25 - 27, 2918 (the famous orchestral interludes were reorded a month earlier). This is a deluxe production and a 134-page booklet contains many photos and the complete libretto. The Chandos engineers have provided a rich, detailed and perfectly balanced audio picture clearly separating the choruses and sooists. . A major release!
Amazing Bah specialist Massaki Suzuki has made dozens of Bah recordings but this one was made under unique circumstances. Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan as [art of their 30th Anniversary Tour which was to begin in Katowice, Poland followed by performances in Dublin and London,. However Covid19 cancelled the tour,were planning an extensive tour. Before making their return to Japan, the BCJ agreed with the Kölner Philharmonie to go ahead with the concert that had been planned, in the form of a live streaming without an audience. This recording was made at the time. Suzuki has made previous recordings of this masterpiece including a video, but this new one has the advantage of natural well-balanced multi-channel sound. And it is a sad reminder of today's Corona Virus situation when fine artists have no venues in which o perform. How
R.E.B. (October 2020)