Concert review, Christoph Croisé, Sherniyaz Mussakhan / Young Eurasian Soloists (YES) Chamber Orchestra @ Kirche Oberstrass, Zurich, 2017-11-22 — Mozart: Violin Concerto in D major, K.218; Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Cello Concerto No.2 in D major; Vivaldi: Double Concerto in B major, RV 547
Listening diary post, covering recordings of recorder concerti by Antonio Vivaldi (including some related concerti for violin), played by Maurice Steger / Diego Fasolis / I Barocchisti (2 CDs, 2000 & 2014), Conrad Steinmann / Helmut Müller-Brühl / Cappella Clementina (1978), and by Giuliano Carmignola (violin) / Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (1999) — 18 different concerti total, including 2 versions of “La Notte”, and 2 versions of “Il gardellino”.
Some media are proclaiming Maurice Steger the “world champion of the recorder”. I think this is a rather odd statement, as musical interpretation can’t be measured, remains subjective, both on the side of the artist, as well as in the listener’s perception and receptivity; however, it is certainly legitimate to state that Maurice Steger’s recorder playing is in the world’s very top league…
Recorder Music with Maurice Steger: “La Castella” (Steger, Kitaya) — for comparison (Corelli): Trio Veracini (John Holloway, David Watkin, Lars Ulrik Mortensen), Stefano Montanari, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina; “Telemann: Solos & Trios” (Steger, Kitaya)
Recorder Music, Early Recordings with Maurice Steger: “An Italian Ground” (Steger, Kitaya) — for comparison: Icarus Ensemble, Pieter-Jan Belder, Andreas Staier, Ottavio Dantone, Yuja Wang); “An English Collection” (Steger, Kitaya)
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Symphony No. 3, op.36 — David Zinman, London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw / Yuri Simonov, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Susan Gritton;
Vivaldi: 12 Concerti op.9, “La Cetra” — Rachel Podger, Holland Baroque Society