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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.
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Critic: Dennis Wu
On this amply filled album, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Clavierstücke verschiedener Art (Keyboard Pieces of various Kinds) is presented in its entirety, with the exception of three songs for voice and keyboard. This collection is the most diverse of Bach’s publications and includes multi-movement genres, a free fantasia, a learned fugue, and various short pieces of varying degrees of difficulty. The variety suggests that Bach did not want for his keyboard music to be strictly divided into ‘light’ and ‘serious’ pieces. But he also wished to demonstrate a wide range of techniques of keyboard composition and performance: orchestral writing in the symphony and the concerto, two-part textures in the sonata, polyphony in the fugue, and free and virtuosic composition in the fantasias and solfeggios. In order to bring a similar variety to his recording of the collection, Miklós Spányi has chosen to perform the pieces on a harpsichord built after the Antwerp maker Joannes Daniel Dulcken. To this double-manual harpsichord offering a wide range of possible registrations, Spányi has added a so-called swell device which facilitates quick dynamic changes. This makes it possible to bring out the contrasts between orchestral and soloistic textures in the Concerto in C major, but also to highlight the different characters in the contrasting pairs of Minuets.
Critic: Dennis Wu
Vienna around 1900 was a melting-pot in several ways: a city attracting artists from the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire where bohemian writers and musicians rubbed shoulders with aristocrats and establishment figures, and where late-Romanticism co-existed uneasily with the Wiener Moderneaesthetic of the fin-de-siecle. In the visual arts, Jugendstil (or Wiener Secession) was all the rage: its curlicues, floral patterns and fluid lines were seen everywhere –in architecture, interior design and graphic arts. In music, the term is usually associated with composers such as Mahler, Zemlinskyand Korngold, but also early works by Alban Bergand Arnold Schoenberg.
Following on three previous acclaimed recital discs on BIS, Camilla Tilling and Paul Riviniushave devised a programme with songs by these very composers, written between 1898 and 1916. The songs range from the Einfache Lieder by a teenaged Korngold to Zemlinsky's set of Walzer-Gesangebased on Tuscan folk poems and the much-loved Ruckert-Lieder by Mahler. Schoenberg is represented by his Op. 2 collection 4 Liederand his student Berg by the set of SiebenfruheLieder, from 1905–08.