Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 . My lists for the previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 4 - New Release
Robert Schumann, Violin Concerto, Piano Trio No.3, Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Jean Guihen Queyras (cello) / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor), Harmonia Mundi
Violin Concerto, Piano Trio No.3
Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Jean Guihen Queyras (cello)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor)
And that of a concerto that Clara Schumann, following violinist Joseph Joachim’s advice, suppressed. “Unplayable. Drab. Tiresomely repetitive. Awkward.” was their judgment. It’s half a miracle she didn’t burn it. Still performances remain rare. This disc might be the concerto’s best chance to change this! The Piano Concerto (on a subsequent release is more notably different from what we know, because of the original instrument (and historically researched tempo) approach, the violin concerto emerges as a minor miracle not because of performance ideology but simply due to the skill, vigor, and love with which it is played. The Piano Trio that the three musicians add on the disc is a stupendous bonus; the first in what might be the next touchstone set of three.
# 4 – Reissue
Michel Richard DeLalande, Symphonies Pour Les Soupers du Roy, La Simphonie du Marais / Hugo Reyne (conductor), Harmonia Mundi
Michel Richard DeLalande
Symphonies Pour Les Soupers du Roy
La Simphonie du Marais
Hugo Reyne (conductor)