DELPHIN STRUNCK, NICOLAUS ADAM STRUNCK, CHRISTIAN FLOR, DIETRICH MEYER, DECKER, OLTER: Organ music
Friedhelm Flamme, organist. Scweimb-Orgel der Dreifaltigeker, Salzgitter-Ringelhim/Thielemann-Orgel der Dreifaltigkeitskirch/Gräfenhain
CPO SACD 777 597 (2 disks) TT: 129:47
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MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37.
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano; Minnesota Orch/Osmo Vänska, cond.
BIS SACD 1978 TT: 66:16
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SCHUMANN: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52, Overtures to Manfred, Julius Caesar and Hermann und Dorothea. Symphony "Zwickauer."
Robert-Schumann-Philharmonic/Frank Beermann, cond.
CPO SACD 777 710 TT: 66:12
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Organist Friedhelm Flamme continues his admirable CPO series of "complete organ works" with this 2-disk set of music by relatively unknown composers. Already he has issued disks devoted to Hieronymus Praetorius, Gerog Böhm, W. F. Bach, Vincent Lübeck, Max Reger, and Maurice Durufle, as well as dozens of other composers who share a disk. Lovers of organ music surely will wish to investigate this set that consists mostly of premiere recordings of obscure repertory. As always, Flamme is a master of his instrument. Recordings were made in two churches: Kirche St. Abdon und Sennen, Salzg-Ringelheim (April 2013) and Dreifaltugkeitkirche zu Gräfenhaim (March 2010). Excellent SACD audio is another plus.

Here is another example of the high quality music-making in Minnesota, the only C minor piano concertos of Mozart and Beethoven with the fine young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin as soloist. Sudbin already has to his credit many recordings in wide repertory, and about two years ago this site mentioned the first issue in a projected series of Beethoven piano concertos (Nos. 4 and 5) (REVIEW). It seems that the series will be broken up with music of other composers as it is on this disk. The Beethoven was recorded in June 2011, the Mozart in May/June 2012. Both are gems of the repertory, but this performance of the Beethoven is rather subdued. Sudbin plays his own cadenza in the Mozart. The musical world is pleased that this fine American orchestra now seems to have been regrouped and Vänska has returned as music director. We look forward to further recordings.

This Schumann orchestral disk is of limited interest. It does contain the composer's early attempt at a symphony, played in a new critical edition by Matthias Wendt. We also have other relatively unfamiliar music of Schumann, two overtures, and the well-known Overture, Scherzo and Finale and Manfred Overture. One might expect there would be some kind of authenticity in these recordings by the orchestra with the composer's name, but this is far from a major orchestra in spite of their admirable intentions. Most of this music is already available in superb recordings by John Eliot Gardiner and Thomas Dausgaard (the latter on SACD). The CPO issue is recorded in broad, resonant sound, but other recordings are preferable.

R.E.B. (Aprl 2014)

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