YUJA WANG - THE BERLIN RECITAL
HANS KNAPPERTSBUSCH - BRAHMS / BRUCKNER
WOLF: Italienisches Lieder
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang continues to amaze. Here we have a recori recording of her concert given in Berlin's Philharmonic June 2018m a sinmewhat odd program of "warbling bireds and the din of war.". It opens with five short works of Rachmaninoff a composer with whom Wang has a particular affinity- ger c recebt recording of Cobncerto No. 3 with Gustav Dudamel is among the finest ever made. then we have one of Sriabin's late sonatas No. 10, which he described as , "a sonata of insets." This is followed by musicof Gyorgy Ligeti. He composed many etudes for the piano, and Wang has selected three: Touches bloquées, Vertige, and Désordre. These fascinating Impressionistic pieces areplaye with crystallie beauty. Then the printed program ended with a powerhouse performance of Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8. Douybtless there were many enores, but space didn't unfortunatelyk permit includiung them. A superb disk!
This Profil set features music of Brahms and Bruckner conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch. (1885 - 1965). One of thge most respected conductors, he held major positions with many orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, and figured prominently at the Bayreuth Festiva. His Parsifal is legendary. This 10-CD sets offers major orchestral works of Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Dresden live 1956), Symphony No. 2 (Munich 1956), Symphony No 3 (Vienna 1955), Symphony No. 4 (Cologne Radio Orchestra 1953). We also have the Academic Festival Overture, Tragic Overture, and Haydn Variations. Audio is adequate except for Symphony No. 4 which is congested. Also included are six symphonies of Bruckner: No. 3 (Bavarian Radio Orchestra 1954), Symphony 4 (Berlin 1944), No. 5 Vienna 1956), No. 7 (Vienna 1949), No. 8 (Berlin 1951), and No. 9 ( Berlin 1950). These are mighty performances; many of these have previously been issued. Here is a way to acquire all at budget price. Production values are minimal. There is one paragraph of program notes and the singe disks have a paper jacket that has been sealed shut. Inconvenient, and very odd!.
Jonas Kaufmann always has shown interest in lieder, and his latest desk exemplifies this. Kaufmann and soprano Diana Damrau, joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch, gave a series of 12 concerts in Europe performing Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch. Here is the concert of November18, 2018 in Philharmonie Essen. Kaufmann's voice is well-suited to this music, evidenced by his recent recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in which he sang both tenor and baritone parts. The Wolf songs, staples of the repertory, over the years have been recorded by many leading singers including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Lotte Lehmann and Hans Hotter This new recording is admirable, although Damrau cannot match hr distaff competition. Complete German text with English translations are included.
R.E.B. (February 2019)