November 2017
Dvorak: Quintets
Pavel Haas Quartet

Beethoven: Violin Concerto James Ehnes

Beethoven:Wilhelm Kempff,

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"Another triumphant addition to the Pavel Haas’s already Award-laden discography."
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 (B 155, 1887) / String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97 (B 180, 1893)

Pavel Haas Quartet, Boris Giltburg, piano, Pavel Nikl, viola

SU41952 | 1CD | 099925419523 | FB
Recorded in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, 18-19 May (Op. 97) and 26-27 June 2017 (Op. 81).

"Just a month after the Takács and Laurence Power impressed with their Dvořák Op 97 Quintet comes this one from the Pavel Haas Quartet, who are joined by Pavel Nikl, the quartet’s founder viola player. It is the happiest of reunions and their sense of shared purpose is evident from the very start." Read on 
"Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating…The Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy…Excellently recorded,..". — BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****
“The Pavel Haas Quartet, joined by violist Pavel Nikl, certainly capture his reflective mood in the introduction to the first movement, but they also secure a sure-footed balance between tenderness and giddy celebration. Equally impressive is the scherzo in which the exuberant ‚hoedown‘ of the main section contrasts with a magically beautiful performance of the trio. Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating and the finale is both sophisticated in delivery while communicating irrepressible energy.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****
“The brilliant, Technicolor recordings of the Pavel Haas Quartet have won it an impressive array of awards since its inception in 2002. More will surely follow for this latest excursion into the works of Dvořák. The playing is breathtakingly good, each performer maintaining their own personality and yet working together to conjure a special magic, whether in the sparkling “furiant” of the piano quintet No 2 in A major, Op 81 (with Boris Giltburg at his most mercurial), or the dreamy, song-like opening movement of the string quintet in E flat major, Op 97, redolent of the wide-open spaces of rural Iowa. Highly recommended.” The Guardian, October 2017

"Ehnes and Manze have given us a Beethoven Concerto to stand among the very best."
Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Two Romances
James Ehnes (violin)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

ONYX4167 | 1CD | 0880040416722 | FP

"Technically, Ehnes’s playing is a marvel." Read on

"Any danger of a routine account of this popular concerto is instantly dispelled by the freshness and colour of the opening bars...Ehnes’s fluent playing has similar virtues. In his hands, the finale’s repeated main theme is always a delight, so perfectly articulated." Sunday Times October 2017

"The original recordings are sonically well balanced and give a good measure of Kempff’s sonority."

Beethoven: The Complete Wartime Piano Sonata Recordings
Wilhelm Kempff pf

"The original recordings are sonically well balanced and give a good measure of Kempff’s sonority. While the rare shellac pressings are admittedly of poor quality, any extreme noise reduction...more Gramophone Magazine, November 2017 More…

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