Magazine article Gramophone

Pires/Meneses's Wigmore Hall Concert from January 2012

Magazine article Gramophone

Pires/Meneses's Wigmore Hall Concert from January 2012

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'The Wigmore Hall Recital' JS Bach Pastorale, BWV590--Aria (arr Roemaet-Rosanoff) (a) Brahms Cello Sonata No 1, Op 38 (a). Three Pieces, Op 177 Mendelssohn Song Without Words, Op 109 (a) Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, D821 (a) (a) Antonio Meneses VC Maria Joao Pires pf DG [F] 479 0965GH (77' x DDD) Recorded live, January 2012

It's hard not to be a bit sad for Wigmore Hall Live that they didn't get this one but it's hardly surprising that DG wanted to keep it for themselves, even if it has taken almost two years for them to put it out: such technical perfection could hardly have been created with day upon day and take upon take in the studio, at the same time as retaining and transferring the intimacy of a live performance on to disc. It's an intimacy not only to be had from the knowledge that this is an all-but-single-take disc and that the listener is hearing what those lucky people were hearing in the room in January 2012 but from the way Meneses and Pires play together: the reciprocity between them feels intuitive at the same time as being grounded in familiarity. …

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