From my collection.
Bought in November 2015.
First listen: 14-11-2015.
Second listen: 10-11-2016.
Label: Avi Music.
Recording dates: June/October/November 2009.
Recording venue: Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Koblenz.
Recording engineer: Holger Urbach.
Running time: 54:03.
Classical relevance: Music essential, performance, check first by samples.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold. (1897-1957)
Concerto in one movement for Cello and Orchestra in C, opus 37. (1946)
Ernest Bloch. (1880-1959)
Schelomo, Rhapsodie hebraique pour Violincello et Grand Orchestra. (1916)
Berthold Goldschmidt. (1903-1996)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, opus 23.
Works performed by:
Julian Steckel, Cello.
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Daniel Raiskin.
Korngold's work is sublime and utterly pleasing, and even though it only last for 12 minutes, it is packed with a melancholy that touched every fibre of my body.
Bloch is not a favourite with me, but this works grows on me, every time I hear it. It has a lot to say and there is a myriad of fine musical details. Second time around it has grown on me:)
Goldschmidt was a surprise to me, a pleasant one I must add. Such a force and such a clear voice, with sublime orchestration behind the the music. I found it utterly involving. Such a discovery one does not make every day, so I treasure it. All works are tonal, sometimes a wee bit stretched, but always within limits of what can be done. I heard some reservations about the performance being a bit middle of the road, but I could not find this to be the case. Steckel is a agile musician, who works himself through these composition with great ease, carefully handling the dynamics, and never stressing things that are so easily inviting to do that, but creating a clean somewhat detached sound. He does not make them into romantic works, but has a clear headed logical approach to all three works. The orchestra, well recorded has enough punch, but never walks out of the work as an entity on their own. There is a synergy between soloist and orchestra, that works well. I do think however that certain parts in the orchestral score sounded a bit anonymous under the hands of Raiskin, but that is a small criticism. Sound is excellent, but then Holgert Urbach is a fine engineer. Almost state of the art!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
New acquisition. (2017) First listen: 18-20-4-2018 Label: Dynamic. CD 20-29 from 29. Recording dates: 2004/2005/2006/2007/2008.2009/2010...
A fine disc. This is my second rerun, and I stick to my first review, which was quite a positive one. First review of this disc. ...
From the 206 titles available in the BIS sale, there were not many of interest for me. A lot of new composers, but their modernity was a tad...
New acquisition. (2018) First listen: 14-4-2018. Second listen: 20-4-2018. Label: Crystal Classics. Recording dates: November 2008 &...
New acquisition. Purchase year: 2016. First listen: 26-3-2018 Label: Ligia digital. CD 3 from 19. Recording dates: January 1996. Recor...
The Strauss Family, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss. Overtures/Waltzes/Polkas. CD 5 & 6.New acquisition. 2016. First listen: 9-4-2018. Label: EMI. CD 5 & 6 from 6. Recording dates: 1971-1986. Venues: Somewhere in Munich...
New acquisition. (2016) First listen: 16-4-2018. Label: Hanssler. CD 18 from 20. Recording dates: September 1998. Venue: St. Katharinen...
New acquisition. (2017) First listen: 11-4-2018 Label: Dynamic. CD 19 from 29. Recording dates: March 2004. Venue: Sovizzo, Chiesa di ...
New acquisition. (2016) First listen: 11-4-2018. Label: Hanssler. CD 16 from 20. Recording dates: January 1999. Venue: Garrison Church,...
New acquisition. (2016) First listen: 9-4-2018. Label: Hanssler. CD 14 & 15 from 20. Recording dates: October 1999. Venue: Nidaros ...
New acquisition. (2016) First listen: 6-4-2018. Label: Hanssler. CD 11 from 20. Recording dates: March 1999. Venue: Martinikerk in Gron...