I promised myself I would find a track on this solemnly glittering set to highlight other than the obvious: the mighty Chaconne from the Second Partita. But here we are. As throughout the album, his touch is mistily veiled one moment, glinting copper the next. Proof: a Cavatina that sings with divinity and yet with humanity; that neither wallows in beauty nor looks the other way; that, put frankly, is eight perfect minutes. Nelson is back with another immaculate account of a Berlioz masterwork. Two stars have returned as well: Michael Spyres as Faust and Joyce DiDonato as Marguerite, with a touching blend of hope and sad beauty in this lieder-like aria. Besides being a composer, Mr.
Notable recordings of 2019
Notable performances of 2019
Gramophone Wednesday, August 14, A beautifully played, personal selection of piano miniatures from Denis Kozhukhin touchingly captures the poetic nature of the form — that immediate summoning of a single emotion or mood. Read the review Download from Qobuz. Excellent playing throughout from the LPO. Haochen Zhang — a Van Cliburn winner — performs these works with imaginative command of their required virtuosity.
Bach: Partita for Violin No. 2, Chaconne
When I think back on the musical events of the past decade, I think first of the sound of a composer talking. Righteousness continues to wither away; evil is trending; a time or space outside the machine may no longer exist. Major classical-music institutions are generally too enmeshed in networks of power to make meaningful gestures of resistance. Orchestras and conservatories, no less than the National Basketball Association , stay silent on increasingly dire human-rights abuses in China. Donald Trump has no interest in classical music, yet many of the plutocrats who support domestic performing-arts institutions welcome his policies. Still, I cling to the idea that music can play a constructively antagonistic role in a monopoly culture. The voices that matter most are those of living composers, who occupy a perennially uncomfortable position in an obsessively nostalgic classical ecosystem. They are, to adapt a phrase from Theodor W. Adorno, the splinter in the eye that becomes a magnifying glass.
The most valuable classical recordings of the year span a vast range, from genre-stretching contemporary music to re-evaluations of standard repertory:. Three years ago, violin virtuoso Benedetti played the U. Flutist Brown conceived this album as a tribute to her grandmothers, who must have been fearless souls, judging by the daring character of the music Brown, pianist Pann and others have recorded here. The music spans youthful optimism to mature insight and attests to what was lost. But in a measure of hope, the album also includes the world premiere recording of a trio by Geza Frid, who survived the Holocaust and lived to An indispensable recording. Harpsichordist Esfahani applies meticulous scholarship to this process yet has produced a vivid recording built on animated performances appropriate to the toccata form. In a bold and stylistically diverse recording, violinist Koh plays a series of duos with the composers of eight works included on this two-CD set. Where else is one likely to encounter music of contemporary composer-pianist Missy Mazzoli, soprano Lisa Bielawa and MacArthur Fellows Vijay Iyer piano and Tyshawn Sorey glockenspiel in a single project?