Friday, October 31, 2014

Spam Roundup: October, 2014

There's spam, and then there's spam so oddly written it's somewhat amusing. Here's a roundup of some of the "best" comments I received this month from spambots around the world.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies & Violin Concerto

Joseph Martin Kraus
Symphonies & Violin Concerto
Capella Savaria; Zslot Kalló, violin, Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Joseph Martin Kraus is often called the Swedish Mozart, and with good reason. He was an exact contemporary of Mozart's and was considered by Haydn to be his near-equal as a composer. The German-born Kraus spent virtually all of his professional life in the service of Gustav II of Sweden, while remaining up-to-date on musical trends.

This new recording features two symphonies from the early 1780's, and a violin concerto from 1777. The Symphony in C major, VB138 is a three-movement chamber symphony, with a charming simplicity of melody that indeed recalls Mozart. By contrast, the Symphony in C-sharp minor, VB140 is a roiling work, reflecting the Strum und Drang aesthetic of Haydn. The choice of key also aids in the intensity of the emotion.

The violin concerto shares similarities to the early concertos of Mozart. By comparison, the violin part is a little understated, but still it's an attractive work. Zsolt Kalló performs with a rich, warm sound, taking full advantage of his gut-stringed violin.

The Capella Savaria is a period instrument ensemble, but under Nicholas McGegan's direction it doesn't really sound like one. Perhaps it's because the music is so well-matched to the ensemble, or maybe it's because Kraus uses wind instruments so sparingly (and no percussion at all). Whatever the reason, the Capella Savaria has a real presence and vitality that makes these great performances, not just great early music performances.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dussek Piano Concertos Launch Hyperion Series

Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Concertos
Classical Piano Concerto, Vol. 1
Howard Shelly, piano/conductor
Ulster Orchestra

Following the success of their Romantic Piano Concerto series (63 volumes and counting), Hyperion launches a companion series, The Classical Piano Concerto, featuring music from 1770-1820. It marked the rise of the piano virtuoso, the traveling artist who composed primarily to showcase his own talents. Mozart is one of the more famous examples, but certainly not the only one.

Jan Ladislav Dussek, whose music launches this series, was another. Dussek was roughly contemporary with Mozart. Born in Bohemia, he made his fortune in France (before the Revolution), lost it in England, regained it touring Europe and eventually settling in post-Revolutionary France.

The three concertos on this release traverse his career. The Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 1, No.3 from 1783 is Mozartian in form, with simple, attractive melodies at every turn. The Piano concerto of C major, Op. 29 (1795) is a more fully-developed work. Dussek abandoned the first-movement cadenza, making his later concertos sound like a more collaborative effort between piano and orchestra. The texture of this work is thicker, looking ahead the early Romantic composers, such as Mendelssohn and Weber.

The final work, the Piano concerto in E-flat major, Op. 70 (1810) retains the elegance of Haydn, with the more full-bodied orchestration of early Beethoven.

Howard Shelley, a veteran of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, performs and conducts the Ulster Orchestra from the keyboard. His clean attacks and articulate phrasing are a joy to listen to. This recording promises that this series will meet the same high standards as the Romantic Piano Concerto series.