June 4th, 2020 2:14 pm

Concerto Award

Dvořák * Martinů

Dvořák: Piano Concerto in G minor; Martinů: Piano Concerto No. 4, ‘Incantation’

Ivo Kahánek (piano); Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Hrůša

December 20th, 2017 1:07 pm

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Chamber Music
Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios
Smetana Trio: Jitka Čechová (piano), Jiří Vodička (violin) & Jan Páleníček (cello) (SU41972)
‘These are quite simply benchmark performances of these life-affirming works. The Smetana Trio proves hugely responsive to the Czech composer Martinů’s characteristic sprung rhythms, effervescent humour and contrasting moments of introspective lyricism. It’s an intoxicating mixture that leaves you puzzled as to why such incredible music has not yet established itself firmly in the repertory.’

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December 20th, 2017 11:53 am

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Dvorak: Quintets Op. 81 & 97
Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola)
Pavel Haas Quartet (SU41952)
Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating…The Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy…Excellently recorded,… — BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****

 

Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6
Bojan Čičić (violin)
The Illyria Consort (DCD34194)
Čičić’s distinctive sound – sweet, slightly dry and exquisitely centred – is ideal for the taut beauty of Carbonelli’s solo lines. Crucially, Čičić fleshes out the composer’s ideas, filling rests… — BBC Music Magazine, September 2017, *****

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze (CKD544)
Piemontesi’s playing is mostly magnificent, with crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing. In the fine and intriguing cadenzas, he shines with surety of purpose — BBC Music Magazine, October 2017, ***

December 20th, 2017 11:17 am

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Early Music
Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Phantasm (CKD527)
“Phantasm’s performances are totally convincing and absorbing…their acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux leaves them unafraid to use forceful gestures of articulation and dynamics to make a point

 

Orchestral
Haydn 2032 Volume 4 – Il Distratto
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (ALPHA674)
“As in the previous volumes, the orchestral playing is breathtaking in its accuracy -the sort of Haydn playing you dream of…this may well become the period-instrument Haydn cycle by which all others are measured.”

September 18th, 2015 2:31 pm

PHQ

Gramophone 2015 – Chamber Award – Pavel Haas Quartet – Smetana String Quartets.
This is the Pavel Haas Quartet’s fourth Gramophone Chamber Award (not counting Recording of the Year) in under ten years! The quartet’s live performance of the slow movement of the 1st quartet was a particular highlight of the evening.

June 4th, 2020 2:14 pm

Concerto Award

Dvořák * Martinů

Dvořák: Piano Concerto in G minor; Martinů: Piano Concerto No. 4, ‘Incantation’

Ivo Kahánek (piano); Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Hrůša

December 20th, 2017 1:07 pm

nils

 

Chamber Music
Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios
Smetana Trio: Jitka Čechová (piano), Jiří Vodička (violin) & Jan Páleníček (cello) (SU41972)
‘These are quite simply benchmark performances of these life-affirming works. The Smetana Trio proves hugely responsive to the Czech composer Martinů’s characteristic sprung rhythms, effervescent humour and contrasting moments of introspective lyricism. It’s an intoxicating mixture that leaves you puzzled as to why such incredible music has not yet established itself firmly in the repertory.’

nils

December 20th, 2017 11:53 am

nils

Dvorak: Quintets Op. 81 & 97
Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola)
Pavel Haas Quartet (SU41952)
Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating…The Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy…Excellently recorded,… — BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****

 

Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6
Bojan Čičić (violin)
The Illyria Consort (DCD34194)
Čičić’s distinctive sound – sweet, slightly dry and exquisitely centred – is ideal for the taut beauty of Carbonelli’s solo lines. Crucially, Čičić fleshes out the composer’s ideas, filling rests… — BBC Music Magazine, September 2017, *****

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze (CKD544)
Piemontesi’s playing is mostly magnificent, with crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing. In the fine and intriguing cadenzas, he shines with surety of purpose — BBC Music Magazine, October 2017, ***

December 20th, 2017 11:17 am

gramo_17

Early Music
Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Phantasm (CKD527)
“Phantasm’s performances are totally convincing and absorbing…their acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux leaves them unafraid to use forceful gestures of articulation and dynamics to make a point

 

Orchestral
Haydn 2032 Volume 4 – Il Distratto
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (ALPHA674)
“As in the previous volumes, the orchestral playing is breathtaking in its accuracy -the sort of Haydn playing you dream of…this may well become the period-instrument Haydn cycle by which all others are measured.”

September 18th, 2015 2:31 pm

PHQ

Gramophone 2015 – Chamber Award – Pavel Haas Quartet – Smetana String Quartets.
This is the Pavel Haas Quartet’s fourth Gramophone Chamber Award (not counting Recording of the Year) in under ten years! The quartet’s live performance of the slow movement of the 1st quartet was a particular highlight of the evening.