There are fistfuls of notes and some tremendous technical skill. But, with a couple of notable exceptions, the readings of some of the cornerstones of the solo piano repertoire by each pianist lack direction.
New discs from Harmonia Mundi: One explores the music of Pulitzer prize-winner Kevin Puts, the other focuses on the songs of Hanns Eisler, and it is one of the most fascinating albums to come from any label so far this year.
Two new releases from Harmonia Mundi celebrate the sacred and secular sides of the Christmas season.
Harmonia Mundi has, of late, released a series of excellent Schubert albums.
A round-up review of new releases from Harmonia Mundi — an invigorating crop of albums.
The winter doldrums may be upon us, but the first few months of 2013 have been anything but uninteresting when it comes to releases from Harmonia Mundi (HM).
This recording makes as strong a case for Barber’s unjustly neglected choral music as any: it’s a disc not to miss.
Chamber music fans will know that the current season will be the last for the extraordinary Tokyo String Quartet (TSQ), which opted to disband rather than replace retiring violinist Kikuei Ikada and violist Kazuhide Isomura.
The Anonymous 4 went through their medieval and early Renaissance paces, vibrato-less but historically informed and performed.
Most importantly, there were the amazing, booming acoustics of St. Paul’s, which favored the soaring soprano voices that were, for me, the reason to see this excellent ensemble.