It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.
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An embarrassment of riches indeed!
Posted by Chris from Lafayette on April 22, 2012 at 18:48:40:
I'd seen that Harriet Krijgh disc listed and was curious about it. I was in a flute master class one time and one of the participants said that a friend had seen the manuscript of the Franck Sonata in one of the museums in France, and that this manuscript had the following title:
Sonata in A major
for Violin and Piano
or Cello and Piano
or Flute and Piano
or Piano Four-Hands (!)
(I wonder if they meant first edition, rather than manuscript.) Certainly the Cello and Piano version isn't as far removed from the violin version as a piano four-hands version would be! ;-) I have a very fine recording of it with cellist Michaela Fukacova, a babe from yesteryear.
I've been listening a lot to Lisa's recording of the Shostakovich First Concerto, since I'm rehearsing it for my first time next Saturday with a (student) violinist at UC Berkeley. I have a certain trepidation about it, since the last movement is so awkward and fast (and the changes of meter seem to occur at just the wrong times!). So far, I'm not always able to keep up with Lisa and Esa-Pekka - but I have a few more days to try to rev it up further. ;-) I'm sure I'll also be checking out Shoji's performance soon!
Thanks for the news and for your impressions of all of these discs!