STRAVINSKY: Capriccio for Piano and Ochesra. Concerto for Piano and
Wind Instruments. Movements. Petrushka.
DAN: The Silk Road Suite. BORODIN: In the Steppes of Central
Suite from Turandot.
PRAETORIUS: Complete organ music. Also music of ABEL, BAHR,KRGES,
HASSE, WOLFMANN, BÖLSCHE, WERL,EOSTER, and HEIRONOMJS RAETORUS
Jean-Effem Bavoulez already has made some superb recordings, particularly the Prokofiev piano concertos (REVIEW)/. It is unfortunate that wasn't recorded in surround sound, but now we have this new Stravinsky disk that it. And it is a winner in every way. We have all of the composer's works for piano and orchestra and producers imaginatively have also included the ballet Petrushka, which does have a very prominent part for the piano, particularly in the famous Russian Dance. It shroud be mentioned that in 1921 the composer made an arrangement of music from the ballet (Three Movements from Petrouchka) for Arthur Rubinstein who played it often and recorded it. To this day, it is a favorite of virtoso pianists. It is fortunate that Petrushka fit onto this CD, which has a total playing time of 79:40). Needless to say, Bavoulez plays all of this music brilliantly. The recordings were made in Saõ Paulo's Julio Prestes çultural in May 2014. Producer by Ralph Couzens and his staff have produced an audio picture of uncommon clarity and impact, although not particularly "surround.".
The Silk Road is a varied trade route through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and the East. The long route (about 4,000 miles) got its name from the countless merchants carrying Chinese silk to neighboring areas. Several prominent musicians, particularly Yo-Yo Ma, have celebrated music associated with Silk Road, and now we have this disk that features a work by a noted Japanese composer, Ikuma Dan (1924-2011). This is a four-movement orchestral suite: Prelude, Pastorale, Dance, and March. This was composed in 1955 and is a pleasant work clearly showing Asian influences. The remainder of the disk consists of two orchestral works: Borodin's familiar In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880) and an orchestral suite from Busoni's opera Turandot, premiered in 1911. The Argovia Philharmonie is a Swiss orchestra founded in 1963, andi obviously is a first-class orchestra under condctor Bostock. Their vivid performances are captured magnificently by producers Moritz Bergfeld and Olaf Mielke.
Few have heard of of the important organist Michael Praetorius (1571-162) and even fewer have heard of Hieronymus Praetorius ( 1560-1629). They were not related, but both were leading composers of their time. Organist Friedhelm Flamme has already recorded more thanr a dozen SACDs of organ music by many rather obscure composers, many of which have been mentioned on this site. Apparently Hieronymus wrote only ten short works for organ and all are included here, along with a longer (9:44) Magnificat by Michael. Performances are on the 1624 Scherer organ of Stephen's Church in Tangermündel, not a hue organ b but probably he kind played in original performances. If you'd like to experience a great deal of early 17th century organ music, here it is, very well played and recorded with a natural resonant perspective. There are copious CD notes about each work and composer.
R.E.B. (February 2015)