Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Tudor 7188


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Wanted
Pierre BOULEZ (b.1925)
Piano Sonata no.3 (1957) [19:55]
Elliott CARTER (b.1908)
Night Fantasies (1980) [22:48]
Asbjørn SCHAATHUN (b.1961)
????? (Physis), for amplified piano and five digital harmonisers (1986/2003) [15:54]
Adagio and Allegro, for piano (1976 and 2010) [6:16]
Håkon Austbø (piano)
rec. Sofienberg Church, Oslo, 11-13 April and 3-4 May 2011.
AURORA ACD5071 [64:53]

Experience Classicsonline



 
The title 'WANTED' stamped in big letters on the cover might be considered wishful thinking on the part of Aurora, because intrepid Norwegian pianist Håkon Austbø has chosen a very demanding programme here, both for himself and the listener. Even Asbjørn Schaathun's innocently titled Adagio and Allegro is a non-starter for tonal joy-riders!
 
To a non-specialist ear all the works here are likely to sound like concatenations of randomly generated sequences, tuneless, shapeless, pointless. Elliott Carter describes Night Fantasies as "a piano piece of continuously changing moods, suggesting the fleeting thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind during a period of wakefulness at night", but this work is more likely to have listeners attuned to Mozart or Chopin starting awake up in a cold sweat. As if to underline the hard work intended for the listener, Pierre Boulez is quoted in stark text on the front cover of the booklet: "Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal."
 
Yet Austbø and Aurora, to their credit, are clearly not pitching this recital at a Classic FM or even a BBC Radio 3 public. That much is obvious from Austbø's intelligent notes, which assume previous familiarity at least with Boulez and Carter. Conversely, therefore, lovers of modernism in music - and they do exist! - will relish the thought of the serialism-cum-atonality, aleatoricism and general density these works present.
 
Norwegian composer Schaathun is the youngster of the bunch, but his music chimes very well with the modernist ideals of Boulez and Carter. Physis is a strange work, best described by Austbø: "The seven areas of ????? provide a fixed framework, each area consisting of a larger
section, played without electronics, followed by smaller ones using electronics (except in Area VII).
The smaller sections are always interchangeable, the performer choosing the order. Each section is
confined to a "register" numbered A to E whose tessitura goes from less than an octave to almost
the entire range of the piano. The complexity is mostly proportional to this span and reaches its
highest degree in the final section, Area VII, which contains only register E. Here, a series of 25 chords is superposed on a recurring rhythm of 35 durations, all played fortissimo." The computer component is not massive, and in no way diminishes the piano contribution. Occasionally the effect is like a strumming of the piano strings, but generally akin to an extra-terrestrial communication as imagined circa 1980.
 
Though Austbø has a long-standing commitment to the old masters, especially Debussy - see review of the final volume of the complete solo piano music for Simax - he has been performing and recording cutting-edge music of this nature for a good twenty years, and has made some memorable CDs, particularly for Simax and Naxos (see this review of his reading of Messiaen's Vingt Regards, for example). This is his third recording now for Aurora, a disc of piano works by 20th century Norwegian composers (review) following more of the same coupled with Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques (ACD 5057). On this latest release, with typical stamina and stunning technique, Austbø delivers a cogent, insistent argument of, and also for, these uncompromising pieces, enhanced by a spacious church acoustic.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at reviews.gramma.co.uk
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.