What’s On Preview! | November 28, 2021


Rob Kennedy speaks with Jonathan Bagg, violist with the Ciompi Quartet.

Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
Jonathan Bagg, viola; Jane Hawkins, piano

Jonathan Bagg is a Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, as was the late Jane Hawkins.

CD: Scenes from Fairyland: Music of Robert and Clara Schumann Centaur

Gabriel Pierné: Suite No. 2 from Cydalise and the Satyr
Lille National Orchestra, Darrell Ang

The composer wrote the overture for a staged version of Pierre Loti’s 1897 novel Ramuntcho, a love and adventure story about contraband runners in the Basque province of France. This is a recent release on the Naxos label.

CD: Gabriel Pierné – Ramuntcho Naxos 2021

W.A. Mozart: Rondo in A, K. 386
Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Tigran Shiganyan
Sergei Kvitko, piano

In addition to being a concert pianist, Mr. Kvitko is an acclaimed audio engineer and founder of Blue Griffin Records.

Mozart / Post Scriptum / Kvitko Blue Griffin Recording 2021

Eugene Ysaye: Sonata No. 6 in E for solo violin
James Ehnes, violin

CD: James Ehnes Ysaye Sonatas for Solo Violin Onyx 2021

Karl Stamitz: Symphony in D minor, Op. 15 No. 3
Cologne Academy, Michael Alexander Willens

From the pen of German composer Karl Stamitz (1745-1801) comes music that strikes me as listenable as the music of Mozart and Haydn. Michael Alexander Willens conducts the Cologne Academy in a performance of Symphony in D minor, Op. 15 No. 3.

CD: Carl Stamitz – Le Jour Variable – Four Symphonies CPO 2021

Franz Schubert, transcribed by Franz Liszt: Ave Maria, D. 839
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

He was only 19 when he played First Night at the Proms in 2011 to rave reviews. He was also the first British pianist to be signed with Decca in more than 5 decades. The English virtuoso pianist Benjamin Grosvenor plays Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Schubert’s famous Ave Maria, D. 839. You can find it on his 2021 Decca album Benjamin Grosvenor Liszt.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This release is the twelfth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multi­channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! imprint from Reference Recordings.

CD: Pittsburgh Symphony/Honeck/Brahms/MacMillan Reference Recordings 2021

Rob Kennedy
November 28, 2021