Music News 1/11/24




Two well reviewed 2023 titles I did not have a chance to feature last year: 


Jean Rondeau, GRADUS ET PARNASSUM (Erato, $18.98) – Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau’s most adventurously programmed disc yet. Rondeau takes his title from composer Johann Joseph Fux’s 1725 treatise on counterpoint, and Muzio Clementi’s book of piano studies, written a century later. Beside works by Fux, Clementi, and Haydn, Rondeau travels back to two of Palestrina’s Ricarcars, and plays works written for the piano by Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy. The latter piece, Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, is “an affectionate parody of Clementi” from the Children’s Corner. 


Magdalena Kožená, FOLK SONGS (Pentatone, $16.98) – Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená brings together 20th-century, folk-inspired works for voice and orchestra. Béla Bartók’s 5 Hungarian Folk Songs, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, Maurice Ravel’s 5 Melodies Populaires Grecques, and Xavier Montsalvatge’s 5 Canciones Negras. The Czech Philharmonic is conducted by Simon Rattle.