ROUSSEL: Divertimento for Winds, Op. 6. DEBUSSY: Petite Piece. Premiere
ROBERT / CLARA SCHUMANN: Eight Scenes
BACH: Six Brandenburg Concertos. TURNAGE: Maya (2016) for cello,
two oboes cor englais, contrabsssoon, two horns and strings. HARDENBURGER:
Triceros (2015). for piccolo trumpet doublind with flugelhorn
and trumpet in C, flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute, oboe (doubling
solo violin and harpsichord. HILLBORG: Materia for Violin and
srings (2017). NEUWIRTH: Aello - Ballet mecanomorphe (2017)
for solo flute, two
rumpets, strings, keyboard and typewriter (in memoriam Heinrich
Schiff). CAINE: Hamsa (2015) for flute, violin, piano and string
orchestra. DEAN: Approach - Prelude to al Canon (2017).
The newly formed Orsino Ensemble consists of Adam Walker, flute; Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Matthew Hunt, clarinet; Amy Harman, bassoon; and Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov. On this new SACD they play music for wind ensemble by French composers. The featured work is the 28-minute Quintet composed in 1898 by André Caplet (1878 - 1925). He was a close friend of Debussy and orchestrated several of his works. Recordings were made July 2020 in London's Henry Wood Hall, and the engineers have captured the elegant performances to perfectiontion. Nothing really major here, but it i superbly presented.
This site has praised a number of recordings by British soprano Carolyn Sampson, most recently a collection of music by English com;posers (REVIRW) Now we have this Schumann disk featuring lieder of the Schumanns, Robert and Clara, focusing on love. We have eight scenes from song cycles separated by three of Robert's piano solos Joseph Middleton, who frequently performs with Ms. Sampson, is the sensitive pianist The recordings were made August 2018 in London's St. Georges Bristol, and the sonic picture is well-balanced. Complete texts and translations are provided. A fine release
This new version of Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos is a major, imaginative addition to the catalog. Performances are by the superb Swedish Chamber ro Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard in 2001 this fine ensemble commissioned six leading composers to write modern versions of these masterpieces, and all are heard on this fine new release. The spirit of the originals was maintained in all six and the numerous soloists have ample opportunity to display their virtuosity. These performances were recorded May 2017 in Sweden's Orebro Concert Hall. Engineering is excellent. Even if you have other recordings of Bach's mighty Six, you should investigate this unique issue.
R.E.B. (May 2021)