The Pas de Quatre, the line utterly seamless, the rise and fall of it, the Leningrad strings in April 1948 the equal of any anywhere From Volume 3 of Hanssler Profil’s ‘Yevgeny Mravinsky Edition’ (6cd – PH17019), and the best by far.
Source: the 20th Century’s most thrilling musical moment?
[/audio]The moment in Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin ballet suite when the Mandarin, hopelessly attracted to a hapless beauty forced to lure men in a thug’s den, is chased by the thugs prior to his murder. Little sign here that the Mandarin will only be able to die when the girl offers herself to him – which […]Read Post ›
a recorded fragment that’ll take your breath away today Joseph Schmidt sings Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore … a the voice pure velvet, the technique seemingly effortless the year 1931 Selmer Meyrowitz conducts members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra from Telefunken 2cd 0927 42665 2
Years ago these two were the regular in-house players for Sony’s classical repertoire, with the odd foray backwards to Bach (both recorded the ‘Italian’ Concerto) or forwards to Bartók (the First Concerto with Serkin and Szell, the Sonata for two pianos and percussion with Robert and Gaby Casadesus). The principal difference between the two sets, […]Read Post ›