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Anne-Marie Minhall presents works from Mozart, Bach and Korngold, among others, in a concert of some of the best new recordings of the year.
Tonight Anne-Marie Minhall presents more of the best recordings released so far in 2013.
The concert kicks off with Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe. It's performed with wonderful fluidity by oboist Alexander Bellamy and violinist Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque, the ensemble she formed for the festival she established herself in 2007.
Norwegian Artists’ Carnival by Johann Svendsen comes from volume three of Neeme Järvi's highly acclaimed survey of orchestral works by the Norwegian composer. In 1874 Svendsen had settled down with his family in Christiania and Norwegian Artists’ Carnival was composed for the yearly festivities there which aimed to reconcile the cold North and the warm-blooded South. It consists of three main themes: a Norwegian folk tune, an Italian folk tune, and a popular Norwegian Wedding Dance. One of Svendsen’s most acclaimed works, it's one that remains a part of the standard orchestral repertoire in Scandinavia.
Christian Ihle Hadland is one of Norway's leading pianists. Tonight he plays the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major by Mozart with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Arvid Engegård. Hadland's playing is precise and agile in the fast movements and lyrically romantic in the slow - and the sound is ravishingly good.
'Portraits – The Clarinet Album' is the debut recording from the brilliant young Austrian clarinettist (and part-time model) Andreas Ottensamer, pictured above. The repertoire moves from the early-Romantic intensity of Louis Spohr's first clarinet concerto to the jazz idioms of Aaron Copland's own clarinet concerto. As in his live performances, Ottensamer's clarinet on this recording is a dark and beautifully warm instrument, played with soulful depth. Tonight we hear him play the Spohr concerto.
George Frideric Handel's Suite in F major is performed by multi-award winning Dutch pianist, Daria van den Bercken. Her debut album on the Sony Classical label sees her champion the keyboard music of Handel. For the album, she decided to play a number of concerts in private homes, emphasising the fact that the music was initially not meant to be published; Handel wrote it mainly for his students. Through her mastery of this music, Van den Bercken captures both the light joyfulness and the sadness of Handel's brilliant music.
The concert ends with Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto in D major. The German violinist Arabella Steinbacher brings out all of the intense emotion and romanticism of the concerto, for which Korngold drew on some of his outstanding movie scores.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe
Violin: Rachel Podger
Oboe: Alexander Bellamy
Brecon Baroque Johann
Svendsen: Norwegian Artists’ Carnival
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21
Piano: Christian Ihle Hadland
Arvid Engegard conducts the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Louis Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor
Clarinet: Andreas Ottensamer
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
George Frideric Handel: Suite in F major HWV.427
Piano: Dara van den Bercken
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major
Violin: Arabella Steinbacher
Lawrence Foster conducts the Gulbenkian Orchestra