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Brailey/Burton/Experiential Chorus and Orchestra/Blachly(Chandos)A long overdue first recording for this work by the one-time imprisoned suffragette, detailing the spiritual awakening of a condemned man E
He was a child prodigy who excelled in every genre to which he turned his hand, his music combining melodic beauty and the most daring formal perfection – all coloured by his remarkable gift for emotional ambiguity In the opinion of many the greatest of all composers,
The 92-year-old, who died this week, is remembered for his eventual return after losing the use of his right hand aged 36 – but forgetting his masterful early recordings and inspiring work as a teacher is to do him a great disservice Some may be tempted to describe the career of Leon Fleisher, the American concert pianist who died in Baltimore this week aged 92, as a deeply poignant one, and even as a tragedy. But that would be a huge misreading of his story. Even so, there was indeed a tragic dimension to Fleisher’s long life. A child prodigy pianist and a pupil of one of the greatest of all keyboard masters, Fleisher had already climbed to the international pianistic heights when, in 1964, he found that the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand were involuntarily curling up.
This week, our critic takes a musical journey to the US east coast, breathes the Swiss mountain air with Schubert’s Trout Quintet from the Gstaad digital festival and catches a glimpse of pianist Stephen Hough as Napoleon Maybe it’s the weather, or a body clock now expecting a holiday. I’ve stayed put this week, but while new quarantine rules and local lockdowns continue to make this a summer like no other, I’ve been drawn repeatedly to online performances promising a change of scene. Aurora Orchestra’s
Paul Lewis delights in Beethoven’s bagatelles. Plus, a reconfigured Media vita and sacred music from Armenia • Suffering from Beethoven anniversary fatigue? The British pianist Paul Lewis has the ideal tonic. His album Für Elise: Bagatelles, Opp 33, 119 & 126 (Harmonia Mundi) brings together the three sets of bagatelles, written across Beethoven’s career. These punchy, gleaming miniatures, hardly unknown – some are popular with amateur players – tend to be overshadowed by the towering piano sonatas, in themselves a lifetime’s listening (as Lewis’s own account has shown). Beethoven referred to the bagatelles as “trifles”, defining their one-movement structure, rather than their musical insignificance: aural sonnets, though without the strict form that comparison might suggest. Each is a model of compression, one lasting a matter of seconds, others barely half a minute. Combining expressive variety and technical ease, Lewis delights in the wit too. Even Für Elise, beaten to death […]
Sergei Babayan(Deutsche Grammophon)Babayan’s affinity with Rachmaninov is evident, though his personality shows most in the more substantial pieces The Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan makes his solo debut on Deutsche Grammophon with this Rachmaninov recital. Born in 1961, he’s hardly a newcomer – he’s made a few appearances in the UK, including at the Proms in 2015, when he was one of the soloists in a marathon concert that included all five of Prokofiev’s piano concertos, and at the Wigmore Hall for a two-piano recital with Daniil Trifonov, who studied with Babayan for six years at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio. It’s that connection with the dazzling Trifonov, I suspect, that has encouraged DG to sign up Babayan. Two years ago, he partnered no less than Martha Argerich on a disc of Prokofiev transcriptions for two pianos, but what’s curious about this first solo effort is that the performances […]
Sarah Willis has a ball in Havana, William Alwyn’s opera grips, and John Wilson and co run riot with Respighi • Cuban musicians have an ability to switch from classical to jazz to salsa with a chameleon versatility the rest of us can only envy. No boundaries, no inhibitions and a sense of rhythm that sets them free. Arming herself with bags of flair and a passion for the country and its music, British horn player
Garanča/Staatskapelle Berlin/ Barenboim(Decca)Elina Garanča’s golden tone and Barenboim’s precision are appealing, if they don’t quite find Elgar’s most English music No conductor working today has done more to internationalise
BBC Radio 3/BBC FourA diet of highlights from the past 30 years of the Proms should make us value them more than ever. Elsewhere, enterprising live music-making continues With brave face and make-do cheer, the BBC Proms 2020 launched its 125th anniversary year last weekend: not in its usual Royal Albert Hall home with a packed arena, but on screen and radio only, and with no clear idea – at least as yet announced – of how this season, crushed by pandemic, will end. A neat ruse in ordinary times maybe, but now a frustration for all. Live music is promised at the Albert Hall from 28 August. With no other option, the Proms team has had to adopt that age-old musicians’ tradition of vamping till ready. They’re still vamping, heroically. Earlier this month the government announced that indoor concerts could go ahead from 1 August, but uncertainty rules. Highlights […]