Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2010. My lists for the previous years: 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 10 - New Release
Haydn, Brahms, Szymanowski, Shchedrin, “Lyric Scenes”, Apollon Musagète, Oehms OC 749
|J.Haydn, J.Brahms, K.Szymanowski, R.Shchedrin, “Lyric Scenes”,|
Such ‘sampler’ discs inherently don’t interest me as much as might something that focuses instead on one, maximum two composers (Szymanowski comes to mind). But even if this discs is a filing nightmare, it proves to be a near ideal introductory CD to the quartet as we are shown, one by one, through the quartet’s wit and mettle in these four very different pieces. Even as a recent live performance I’ve heard was rather disappointing, this disc shows what the four young musicians are capable of when they set their minds to it. Only an excess of ego and poor attitude can stand in between them and some considerable success. (Review on WETA)
J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, Ragna Schirmer, Berlin Classics 184802
|J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations,|
Instead I'm going for these Goldberg Variations performed by Ragna Schirmer. Unabashedly pianistic, broad, repeat-taking, and never sappy… re-released this month in an attractive digi-pack. Not a must-have, when there are so many worthy Goldberg Variations on the piano, but a "great-to-have". (Review on ionarts)