This is playful, tongue-in-cheek and often obscenely entertaining, but make no mistake, at heart this disc is rooted in solid musical ideals. The fun and frivolity never obscure the fact that these players know and love their Bach and are treating his music with the ultimate honour, pouring every ounce of their accumulated musical and technical skills into communicating it as vividly as they can. -INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Disc of the Month feature for “Rach Rock” has landed, and it gets some very nice real estate in the March 2010 issue, including a Q & A with Petrenko and double-five-star review, which calls Petrenko a master. – BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
All Things Considered: She plays some of Schubert’s shorter pieces and a couple of his major late-career sonatas, and she plays them to perfection she’s a natural Schubert player. And one of the reasons is because she came to Schubert through his songs. He wrote 600 songs. And Cooper has accompanied many great Schubert leader singers, especially Wolfgang Holzmair. So she has like a mainline right into that lyric part, that songful part of Schubert part and also the bittersweet part also. So she really makes that piano sing.
Fanfare: “Now that Nicholas Maw is gone, Richard Rodney Bennett (b. 1936) is fast approaching the status of dean of living British composers, though some cognoscenti might put in a word for Alexander Goehr or Hugh Wood (both b. 1932). In view of the fact that this Boulez pupil is now devoting a lot of his time performing in New York cabarets, his ambidextrous career has certainly described an astonishingly all-inclusive and unpredictable span, something this Metronome release amply and scintillatingly documents.”
52nd annual Grammy Nominee for Best Small Ensemble Performance! Musicweb-International review called the disc
indispensable for Bach aficionados.
52nd annual Grammy Nominee for Best Choral Performance! Time Out New York lists this title as one of the Best of 2009! Recently, The Sixteen won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year Award and Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award.
52nd annual Grammy Nominee for Best Classical Crossover Album from Theo Bleckmann, the man Chicago Reader describes as one of the most flexible and uncategorizable figures on the New York scene.
In the month of December Augustin had three hits in The New Yorker (recital listing, Critics Notebook, and CD of the Week), and three hits in the New York Times (recital listing, CD review, and recital review)!
Gramophone review: In a brilliant display of orchestral power and poetry from the country’s heartland, Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in an all-Benjamin Britten programme that speaks eloquently and, as much as possible in such spectacular recordings, to the music’s heart in a strong and simple way.
Wall Street Journal feature: A violinist fluent in many vernaculars None of this classical music in one corner, bluegrass in another, jazz in yet a third for the violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. It’s all part of a whole in which different musical styles are blended naturally by and for the open-minded.