Three Hazard Chase artists have been highly praised in this month’s issue of BBC Music Magazine. The three reviews, all richly deserved, all receive 5 stars for both the performance and recording, with two of the discs securing the title of Music Choice – one instrumental and one orchestral. There was also success for Anthony Marwood in the August edition for his Brahms recording, with Aleksandar Madžar, on the Wigmore Hall Live label.
Martin Roscoe is this month’s ‘Instrumental Choice’ for Volume III of the Beethoven sonata cycle that he is currently recording on the Deux-Elles label. ‘The Final Trilogy; Piano Sonatas Opp. 78, 109. 110 & 111’ is described as ‘an outstanding disc in every way’ with Michael Tanner also commenting that ‘…it’s astonishing how many cycles are in progress at present, but I haven’t heard playing from any recent pianist that surpasses Roscoe’s’. The disc had previously been reviewed on BBC Radio 3 with Rob Cowan describing it as ‘…a great Beethoven Sonata Cycle in the making….easily comparable with the best available in recent years.’
Martin Yates’ recording of the Christopher Wright Violin Concerto, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, has been named as this month’s ‘Orchestral Choice’. Malcolm Hayes says of the recording, which has been released on the Dutton Epoch label, ‘…much more striking is the evidence of what can happen when a musician of Martin Yates’s quality gets to conduct a work of this order. The performance is as moving, and as beautifully paced and played…as any I have heard.’
Benjamin Grosvenor’s second disc on the Decca label is also warmly received by the magazine, with Roger Nichols saying of the 5 star double disc ‘I can only concur with other critics who hear in his [Benjamin] tone and phrasing echoes of a golden age…’ Rhapsody in Blue, recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and James Judd, features repertoire such as Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major and Prélude, and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, as well as arrangements of Saint-Saëns’ The Swan and Gershwin’s Loved Walked In. Nichols goes on to say ‘for me, his playing of the Godowsky version of Saint-Saëns’s Swan is a high point, with its apparently effortless distinction between the many filigree lines and its aristocratic elegance.’
Anthony Marwood also achieved great acclaim in the August issue of BBC Music Magazine for his double 5 star recording of Brahms: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, on the Wigmore Hall Live label. Calum MacDonald writes ‘…their interpretations have matured like good wine. Especially impressive is their absolute unanimity of approach: the sense they convey that they are not merely equal partners but equally important voices in Brahms’s polyphonic textures. The breadth of their phrasing, the constant search for fluidity, so that each movement sounds as if encompassed within a single expressive outpouring, is also very striking… Marwood and Madžar are so good I’m tempted to make them the new benchmark among contemporary recordings.’