Notes & Reviews:
The oblivion which has overtaken Eugen d'Albert in the second half of the twentieth century would have surprised anyone who saw his prodigious rise to fame in the 1880s and '90s. He was known then as one of the world's greatest pianists, had studied with Liszt, and knew Brahms. From his teens, there began to emerge a body of composition which showed a maturity well beyond his years and seemed to produce a fusion of the then-incompatible schools of the "moderns" (Liszt and Wagner) and the "traditionalists" (Brahms and his followers). D'Albert's piano concertos have been recorded to much acclaim by Piers Lane, who is featured on this mid-priced Helios series reissue of the composer's works for solo piano.
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Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est / Westminster Cathedral Choir; Baker
Britten: Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto (both are the revised versions) / Tasmin Little, violin; Howard Shelley, piano
Danzi: The Mountain Spirit, Romantic opera / Colin Balzer, Daniel Ochoa, Sophie Harmsen, Sarah Wegener, Christian Immler
Dobrzynski: Symphony No. 2 'Characteristic'; Overture to 'Monbar'; Piano Concerto / Emilian Madey, piano
Grieg: Chamber Music / Alexander Vinnitsky, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Alexander Rudin et al. [3 CDs]
Caspar Kummer: Chamber Music for Winds / Luigi Magistrelli, Italian Classical Consort
Vladimir Martynov (b.1946): The Lamentations of Jeremiah / The Sirin Choir
York Bowen: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano; Chloe Hanslip, violin; Danny Driver, piano
Griffes: Piano Music / Garrick Ohlsson, piano