New Releases: Miloš, Jenny Lin and London Symphony

Sunday, July 06, 2014

This week's new releases feature two compelling young interpreters – guitarist Miloš and pianist Jenny Lin – and one venerable, late conductor: Colin Davis, with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Miloš: Aranjuez
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon
Available at Arkivmusic.com

Miloš Karadaglic, the first classical guitarist signed to DG in modern times, returns from the Latin American territory of 2012’s “Pasion” to his instrument’s core Iberian repertoire featured on his debut album. Joining him on this third release are Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the London Philharmonic for a cornerstone concerto in the guitar repertoire: Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. A bold step? Of course. But Miloš (who goes just by his first name, a la Madonna) pulls it off, bringing much variety of color to the solo part and blending well in moments such as the duet with the cor anglais that opens the second movement. Those qualities are also apparent in a couple of De Falla transcriptions and a florid solo version of the Beatles’s "Michelle."

Below: Miloš performs in the WQXR Cafe:

 
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 92 & 93, 97-99
London Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis
LSO Live

Sir Colin Davis brought a particularly joyful, humanistic approach to the music of Haydn, a quality reflected on this collection of four “London” symphonies (Nos. 93, 97, 98 and 99), plus the so-called “Oxford” Symphony, No. 92. Davis, who died on April 14, 2013, recorded the 12 “London” symphonies in 1982 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and like that earlier set, these feature a fairly large body of players. If you’re looking for a period approach, turn elsewhere. But there’s plenty to admire in the LSO's playing (recorded in 2011), not least the big-boned performance of No. 92 and the delightfully quirky harpsichord obbligato in No. 98.

Night Stories: Nocturnes
Jenny Lin, piano
Hanssler Classic
Available at Arkivmusic.com

Jenny Lin has a curious, inquisitive streak, reflected in a number of concept albums including the all-Russian “Preludes to a Revolution,” a recent all-Stravinsky release, and “Insomnimania,” devoted to nighttime reveries. She returns to the subject of night with this collection of sensual nocturnes. There are night pieces that speak to both the sensual and more intricate psychological aspects of nocturnal experiences. Debussy’s Clair de lune, a Schumann Phantasiestücke and Liszt's Liebestraum mingle with brooding numbers by Grieg, Turina and Glinka. Lin is particularly convincing in Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ evocative The Night Winds and A Phoenix Park Nocturne by former Soviet composer Arthur Vincent Lourie (1892-1966).

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