Comment:James Brawn continues his acclaimed Odyssey through Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas. In Volume 5 he presents four that are usually overlooked as they are early works, and which he sees as being integral to the whole of Beethoven's piano vision.
Reviews:"He just molds each phrase as skillfully as possible, the fast movements sounding every bit as vital and vigorous as any you've heard; and the slow movements as lyrical, as serene, as thoughtful as any around." John J. Puccio, Classical Candor, December 2017.
"In truth, though, all of his performance on this disc convey the irrepressible joy of his music making." Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts, December 2017.
"…this is 100% Beethoven from phrase to phrase, page to page, start to finish, and always at the service of the composer's master plan." Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel, November 2017.
"Brawn's ongoing Beethoven cycle continues to show him to be a thoughtful pianist who does not draw attention to his own technique but to the intricacies of the music - an approach that works particularly well for works of Beethoven's time…" Mark J. Estren, Infodad.Com, February 2018.
"The virtues present in the previous releases are all here - stringent channeling of the composer's innermost ideas, wonderful articulation, fine sense of rubato and an absolutely uncluttered technical arsenal that presents Beethoven not as a heroic giant but as an immensely personal communicator." Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audtion, 24 February 2018.
"Brawn instills an urgency and vitality that is hard to ignore." Chang Tou Liang, Straitstimes (Singapore), February 2018.
Comment:Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789) joined Elector Karl Theodor's orchestra in Mannheim in 1746, and is associated with the music of that period. The Oboe Concerto and Exsultate Deo are World Premiere Recordings on period instruments.
Comment:These recordings date from 1970, yet sound as though they came yesterday from the studio. The old Czech masters liked some good tunes whilst out hunting and their composers knew how to deliver. There's an hour of prime Bohemian Baroque!
Comment:Brass Concept is a project to bring forward Slovakian composers, and the opportunity to write for an extended brass ensemble. All the pieces are new and World Premiere recordings. The disc being supported by the Slovak Arts Council.
Comment:Israeli soprano Ayelet Amots-Avramson sings her way though Slovakia, the UK, Greece, Brazil, Spain and Israel, to make a very special journey in song. She captures each group and is accompanied by Jonathan Zak. Sung texts are included in English.
Comment:Master pianist, Craig Sheppard, plays a selection of Chopin's greatest works. The recording is a combination of two concerts given in Seattle's Meany Theatre during February 2017. With superb sound, you will hear Chopin playing of the highest order.
Comment:Recorded live in the Berlin Philharmonie, Engelbert Humperdinck's magical opera comes alive in SACD Surround Sound. Conductor Marek Janowski ensures a glowing orchestral background, while the Gingerbread Witch carries on her bake-off!
Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 1 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.
Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 2 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.
Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 3 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.