Mon, Fri 星期一、五 5:30pm
Monday and Friday: 5:30pm-6pm
A group of music critics guide you through some of the the most interesting new releases to keep you in touch with the latest fine music recordings.
Critic: Jerome Hoberman
Die Dreigroschenoper – or Threepenny Opera – epitomises the heady, but turbulent years of the Weimar Republic. Bertolt Brecht’s biting satire and Kurt Weill’s insistent, insinuating melodies remain as compelling today as they were at the work’s premiere in 1928. This landmark recording was made just two years later. Among its stars is Lotte Lenya, who had married Weill in 1926 and became synonymous with his music. This disc also features numbers from Brecht and Weill’s Mahagonny and songs by their contemporaries – with the young Marlene Dietrich among the performers.
Critic: Dennis Wu
Sergei Prokofiev was himself a fine pianist and his nine piano sonatas span his entire composing career. Richly varied in scale, style and expression, they have only rarely been recorded complete. In 1988, when Vladimir Ovchinnikov, top prizewinner of both the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition, played the 2nd and 7th sonatas at his US debut, the New York Times praised his ability to “keep the rhythms sharp while creating textures with an acerbic edge and great tensile strength,” and wrote that “even in the densest, loudest passages, his playing has an uncanny sense of transparency.”