Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews



 
See latest reviews of other albums...

Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, October 2007

More pianistic jewels to adorn this glittering Naxos project

Having found myself enveloped in a recent BBC programme devoted to Naxos’s Women at the Piano by two ardent but musically uninfonned feminists, it is good to return to the real thing and celebrate the third volume in this fascinating series. Not everything is 'extraordinary' as the sleeve claims (Ethel Leginska’s Schubert is more sturdy than illuminating) but there are many scintillating jewels in the crown.

Annarosa Taddai’s perfonnance of Sandro Fuga’s Study No. 1, a ghostly memory of Paul de Schlozer’s A flat Etude made famous by Eileen Joyce, is nimbly and stylishly dispatched. Annie d’Arco (much admired by her compatriot Cecile Ousset) gives us brilliantly focused and articulate Mendelssohn, and Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach was made long before her playing degenerated into pedantry. Yvonne Loriod’s Messiaen is, not surprisingly, highly authoritative and Elly Ney’s richly humane Beethoven helps to erase her unfortunate sobriquet, 'the Führer’s Pianist'. Halina Stefanska’s Chopin is pleasingly economical and unmannered, and if Clara Haskil’s Haydn is on the frosty side, her legendary musical integrity is never in doubt. Amparo Iturbi (sister of a more famous brother) plays Infante’s Guadalquivir blazing ultra-Spanish virtuosity and Nadia Reisenberg’s way with Rachmaninov, which I recall from her 1954 Westminster disc, is full-toned, sumptuously inflected and indelibly Russian. Livia Rev’s effervescent Poulenc Toccata brings this brilliant assembly to a close and together with so much else makes you look forward eagerly to Vol. 4.






Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
4:52:29 PM, 31 August 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-212-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.