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CD Reviews Beethhoven • Newman • Saxton • Piazzolla • Bach • Bergonzi • Brahms contributions weightier so pianist sets things in motion the Fischer is sometimes almost as orchestra otherwise sounds; important as Goode. Apart from again, almost as if this were a the increasingly adventurous use symphony and here it is the of piano and orchestra, this soloist’s re-entry that sounds music is ever more alive with nearly improvised. enterprising harmonic ventures It is more than time to say both within each movement and that recorded sound and between the movements. orchestral balance are excellent In the first two concertos the throughout and in the final opening tuttis are not really Emperor Fischer gets much Beethoven: The Complete symphonic and it is rather, as dramatic impact in the opening Northern Lights Piano Concertos Nos 1–5 Tovey said, as if the orchestra tutti and later. This concerto’s Music for String Quartet by ‘Emperor’ were improvising. Matters change warlike rhythms, orchestral Robert Saxton, John Casken: Richard Goode, piano - in Concerto No.3, the culminat- pomp and keyboard heroics give String Quartet No 2 and Judith Budapest Festival Orchestra ion of Beethoven’s first style, and it a ringing triumph which is Weir: String Quartet conducted by Ivan Fischer we are aware of a broadening of different from the earlier works Kreutzer Quartet Nonesuch 075597 9928 30 the composer’s ambitions. In yet all five are very well served Divine Art MSV 28507 [63:02] 167’ 17” each case the quick movements by a pianist who fuses sensitivity receive very spirited perform- with a commanding athleticism he range of worthwhile T he increasing virtuosity of Beethoven’s writing for the ances from both Goode and Fischer. Concerto No.3 starts and a conductor who is aware of the music’s every nuance. T issues on the Divine Art label continues to expand with piano is matched in these works almost like a symphony and the MAX HARRISON this outstanding release of three by his treatment of the orchestra opening Allegro con brio gets an relatively recent string quartets and we can most enjoyably interpretation that is fiery yet by British composers. The most observe both as this sequence tempered by grace from soloist important work here is that by of performances unfolds. The and orchestra equally. No.4 also Robert Saxton, a remarkable orchestra grows larger and its is full of feeling and although the score playing for around 30 film scores as American Beauty disappointed with this new thin fare, let truth be told. One and Angels in America. His career release. The music he has could not imagine this being has garnered eight Oscar composed for the just released staged as a concert as it has nominations (in 1994 for two film of the same name with Kate too little depth or bite, and fails films), several Golden Globes Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio to reach
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