We started reviewing classical CDs in the Review Corner to try and appreciate the genre more, and our enjoyment of this album and the one below surely means it’s a case of mission accomplished.
As far as this goes, we can’t say much about Chopin, as his genius precedes him. This CD sees Joseph-Maurice Weder, winner of the Swiss Ambassador’s Award 2013 in London, join with the Berliner Camerata (violins, violas, cellos, double bass) to play a selection of orchestral works reduced for smaller ensembles — as would have happened during Chopin’s lifetime, as a way of getting his music out and earning a living. The slower sections are more moving, but the CD as a whole is a joy to listen to. Out on Oehms Classics (OC1831).