Comment:Continuing its series of recordings made by pianist Nadia Reisenberg, Romeo Records have collected her performances of Haydn Sonatas and Variations made for Westminster between 1955 and 1958. Music and playing are marvellous!
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:Ania Rybacka is the voice and Stefan Pasborg plays drums. Their music is almost entirely improvised, using a made-up language. Ania's voice is an instrument, while Stefan selects sounds and works with articulation on his drums. Highly original!
Comment:A showcase for Slovakian soprano Klaudia Dernerova, a multi prizewinner and a regular performer in Slovakia's concert halls and opera houses. Her interesting programme mixes Schumann's classicism with music theatre drama by Domansky and Bernath.
Comment:Jorg Endebrock and Susanne Rohn play on historic and contemporary organs in the Lutherkirche, Weisbaden and are joined by percussionist Konrad Graf. These arrangements exploit Stereo, SACD Surround Sound and headphone 3D-Binaural.
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:Eo Ipso - on its own account; thereby - is an orchestral piece by Slovakian composer Ol'ga Kroupova lasting an unbroken 21 minutes. It's scored for a large orchestra with guitar, that comments upon orchestral statements.
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:Przemek Kleczkowski leads his group on vocals, guitar and piano with Szymon Mika, guitars, Wojciech Szwugier, bass, Patryk Dobosz, drums, Franciszek Rackowski, piano, Grzegorz Dowgiatto, Hammond organ and Kasia Gacek-Duda, flutes.
Comment:Reed Tetzloff is an award winner of the American Center for Musical Excellence. His career, so far, has taken him to many concerts halls, and he has studied with Andre Watts and Richard Goode. The Sonata and Kubla Khan of Griffes are piano finds!