BBC Music Magazine - - Chamber Reviews - Re­viewed by Ju­lian Hay­lock

Marais Le Labyrinthe: Pieces de car­ac­tere

Glossa Cab­i­net GCD C 80404 (1999) 66:54 mins Stun­ning, highly vir­tu­osic per­for­mances by Paolo Pan­dolfo and Alba Fresno of mu­sic by a Bach con­tem­po­rary who al­most sin­gle-hand­edly held out against the rise of the vi­o­lin fam­ily with da gamba works of daz­zling in­ven­tion. ★★★★★

Rach­mani­nov Rus­sian Rhap­sody

Har­mo­nia Mundi Gold HMG501301-02 (1989) 130:36 mins (2 discs)

Rach­mani­nov’s out­put for two pianos and pi­ano duet, in­clud­ing the two suites and Sym­phonic Dances, in Brigitte En­gerer and Oleg Maisen­berg’s im­pos­ing, im­pas­sioned per­for­mances. ★★★★

Shostakovich Pi­ano Quin­tet; String Quar­tet No. 2

Van­guard Clas­sics OVC 8077 (1960) 62:05 mins Boldly en­gi­neered and fresh-minted per­for­mances by Shostakovich and the Beethoven Quar­tet, the Pi­ano Quin­tet par­tic­u­larly prob­ing emo­tion­ally. ★★★★

Weiss The Dres­den Man­u­script

Glossa Cab­i­net GCD C 80024 (1998) 64:11 mins An­other con­tem­po­rary of Bach’s, Sil­vius Leopold Weiss wrote beau­ti­fully crafted works for lute into the 18th cen­tury, played here with con­sum­mate style and ex­per­tise by Roberto Barto and com­pany. ★★★★

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