BEST CLAS­SI­CAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC 2012 -

Mahler from an Ital­ian orches­tra? Spa­cious, de­tailed, splen­did. A won­der­ful start to a new Beethoven cy­cle from Amer­i­can pi­anist Jonathan Biss. Con­sorts to the Or­gan by one of mu­sic’s great orig­i­nals, Wil­liam Lawes, (1602-1645) played with telling in­sight. Early per­cus­sion pieces by John Cage, hugely ap­peal­ing pieces played with pal­pa­ble rel­ish. Arias writ­ten for a great cas­trato that con­cen­trate on del­i­cacy and re­fine­ment rather than overt vir­tu­os­ity. And, in close con­tention, the Freiburger Barock Con­sort’s ex­plo­ration of the ad­ven­tur­ous Hein­rich Sch­melzer (Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 902087), a re­turn to form in baroque laments from mezzo so­prano Anne Sofie von Ot­ter (Naïve V 5286), Olivier Mar­ron and the Ar­canto Quar­tett giv­ing Schu­bert’s String Quin­tet a fresh makeover (Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 9022106), pi­anist Stephen Hough in top form in a French Al­bum (Hype­r­ion CDA 67890), and an ex­cel­lent Arvo Pärt col­lec­tion un­der Paul Hil­lier (Har­mo­nia Mundi HMU 807553).

Michael Dervan

MAHLER: SYM­PHONY NO 6

Orches­tra dell’Ac­cademia Nazionale di Santa Ce­cilia/An­to­nio Pap­pano EMI Clas­sics 084 4132 (2 CDs)

BEETHOVEN: PI­ANO SONATAS VOL 1

Jonathan Biss (pi­ano) Onyx 4082

WIL­LIAM LAWES: CON­SORTS TO THE OR­GAN

Phan­tasm Linn Records CKD 399

CAGE: THE WORKS FOR PER­CUS­SION 2

Third Coast Per­cus­sion mode 243

ARIAS FOR GUADAGNI

Iestyn Davies (right, counter tenor), Ar­can­gelo/Jonathan Co­henHype­r­ion CDA 67924

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