Three Palms for string quartet and soprano, op. 120 (1977): A poem by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (1814–1841) speaks of three palm trees in the Arabian desert. Weinberg used this text as the basis of his like-named work, scored for the unusual combination of soprano and string quartet. The character of this 20-minute work, conceived in 1977, comes from its mixture of chamber music, song cycle and cantata……..
Joseph Haydn is universally acknowledged as the father of both the string quartet and the symphony. In his long and estimable career, he transformed the two genres from Gebrauchsmusik to full-fledged concert-hall staples. Because Haydn's concertos seldom figure in concert programs or broadcasts, it is not so well known that he was also an accomplished and rather prolific composer of concertos.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalog. Karajan's extraordinary capacity for elevating his soloists on a 'magic carpet' of orchestral sound is demonstrated in this 10 CD collection of concertos; among the instrumentalists are such figures as Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Alexis Weissenberg, Maurice André and James Galway.
A composer in a constant state of development - It’s hard to detect any clear periods in Börtz’s works, and in this respect, he differs from other contemporary Nordic composers like Per Nørgård and Sven-David Sandström. As with Börtz’s great idol Bruckner, his compositional technique is subject to continual development, with a personal style - quite unique right from the start - that constantly derives nourishment from new experiences.
The accompaniment on all four concertos is provided by the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan and, as one can imagine, it is idiomatic and brilliant. Fans of Maurice André should rejoice to have all of these recordings available on one disc and if you've never heard André before, it's high time you did.
Niklas Eklund, the baroque trumpet phenomenon returns with another superb representation of the baroque sound of the trumpet. He is here accompanied by the lovely singing of soprano Susanne Rydén whose voices weaves in and out with both the trumpet sound of Niklas Eklund and the ensemble playing of the London Baroque.