A substantial batch of these budget discs has been received for review.
Grieg Lyric Pieces
Regis has re-released 19 of Grieg's Lyric Pieces from recordings made in "1986-88, Pahkter"; that's all the information vouchsafed, and some of these releases have none at all...
Mikhail Pletnev recorded a dozen of them later, in a highly praised Deutsches Grammophon recording which I reviewed [L] - DG 459 671-2, 1999; Amazon lists four Pletnev/Grieg CDs !
(The Regis batch also includes Pletnev in Tchaikovsky's 12 pieces "of moderate difficulty" Op 40 from the same 1966-68 vintage [RRC 1354]. Not so interesting as Grieg, but pleasant enough for semi-background listening and useful for piano amateurs to hear. A few difficult pieces for good measure at the end. I always enjoy Pletnev's piano playing
* Charges dropped ! - Dec 2010
Pizarro never disappoints, and I have followed him since the historic pianoworks99 at Blackheath. Some detective work is required for Regis's Kabalevsky re-issue, "licensed from Phoenix Music International"... A quote from Gramophone leads to a Dec 1994 review of this disc from the now long-defunct Collins (see Farewell to Collins Classics)
But Regis is modestly anonymous, giving no clue to the source, nor any attribution for the notes, which are perfectly good, as is Paul Arden-Taylor's remastering of thoroughly worth-while neglected repertoire (I included rare Kabalevsky songs in the first of two LPs I produced...).
Still, at c. £6 one ought not to complain, and if the other transfers prove to be of like quality, Regis Records is providing a real service to collectors.
Peter Grahame Woolf
Dennis Brain & Peter Pears
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Dittersdorf, Dukas etc
A qualified welcome for these historic re-issues. The remastered sound seems pretty good.
To hear Dennis Brain at his best, do not miss the Britten disc, with the perennially fresh Serenade; marvel at Pears' perfect diction, and, in Winter Words, at Britten's superlative piano playing of his spare accompaniments to these wonderful song cycles.
But it is tantalising that Regis doesn't give provenances of the originals; collectors who read Musical Pointers will want to know dates etc of the recordings, and it is tedious chasing them up on the internet...
Peter Grahame Woolf
See also French Music on Regis