Classical Playlist: Beethoven, Brahms, John Luther Adams and More

Shai Wosner
The New York Times

Classical Playlist: Beethoven, Brahms, John Luther Adams and More

Seattle Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, conductor
(Cantaloupe, CA 21101, CD and DVD)

John Luther Adams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “Become Ocean,” is finally available on disc. The recording is clearer and less lush than the Seattle Symphony’s Carnegie Hall performance earlier this year, which is only to the piece’s benefit. Cantaloupe’s presentation is less impressive; the disc’s aquatic hues don’t make up for a lack of liner notes or the trite imagery on an accompanying DVD. (David Allen)


SHAI WOSNER: Schubert and Missy Mazzoli 

The pianist Shai Wosner again proves himself a fine Schubertian with a gorgeously phrased and soulful interpretation of the “Moments Musicaux” (D. 780) that traverses the full palette of intimacy and power. He brings similarly vivid contrasts to his elegant, wholly satisfying performance of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 20 in A (D. 959), enhanced by his beautifully warm touch. Appropriately sandwiched between the two works is Missy Mazzoli’s alluring “Isabelle Eberhardt’s Dreams of Pianos,” which meshes evocative wisps of Schubert into a turbulent, digitally enhanced soundscape. (Schweitzer)