Sunday, October 27, 2013

Authentic Stuff Beethoven Strauss Ravel Barber !

HIP. Nope, not something groovy or fashionable, but a shortcut for "Historically informed performances". The Authentic Stuff... With the knowledge of then, performing the classics today.

In the case of Ronald Brautigam and Beethoven's fouth piano concerto authenticity is not in the instruments; modern piano and orchestra are used. But the version of this concerto is the one where Beethoven himself made adjustments for a live performance in 1808, making the piano part more brilliant and ready for a piano with an extra octave. Surprisingly little recorded.  

If you think of "authentic stuff", you are maybe thinking of "Baroque music" on period instruments, but in recent years performers found out that later music, even Strauss, Ravel and Barber (I heard an authentic Schoenberg once...) can be played on intruments from the early 20th century... In the case of Ravel it has a profound influence on the sonorities, but even Johann Strauss Blue Danube sound fresh again in the hands of Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna. Finally, an authentic performance of a very inauthentic adagio for strings by Samuel Barber, as the original was a movement for string quartet...

Hope you will enjoy this HIP pick!


-Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano concerto no 4 G-Major op 58
Version with adjustments Beethoven made for a 1808 performance
Ronald Brautigam  - Piano 
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Parrot

-Johann Strauss Jr. Walzer op. 314 "An der schönen blauen Donau"

-Maurice Ravel: Bolero & Rhapsodie Espagnole
Anima Eterna Brugge
Jos van Immerseel

-Samuel Barber: Adagio for strings
The Smithsonian chamber players
(on gut strings!!)

(one hour twenty-eight minutes HIP sounds)

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