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Monday February 27th
202 reviews completed so far this month

Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Concerto for Two Violins Peter SEABOURNE (b.1960) This a song for you alone Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Suite No. 3 - Irina Borissova, Agnes Langer (violin); Dmitry Khaklain (viola) Mainzer Virtuosi/Anne Shih rec. 2003 SHEVA [JF] Short measure and not exactly light-hearted. Committed and sparky performances.

Niccolò JOMMELLI (1714-1774) The Jommelli Album - Filippo Mineccia (counter-tenor) Nereydas/Javier Ulises Illán rec. 2014 PAN CLASSICS [GF] No lover of baroque opera should miss this.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasy, Geistervariationen Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasia, Piano Sonata No. 14 - Piotr Anderszewski (piano) rec. 2006/16 WARNER CLASSICS [MC] Some remarkable pianism in a recital of very special quality.

Giacomo SELLITTO (1701-1763) Stabat Mater Gennaro MANNA (1715-1779) Lectio VIII Defunctorum Aniello SANTANGELO (?-1771) Sinfonia - Abchordis Ens rec. 2014 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI [JV] If you enjoy Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, you will like Sellitto's as well.

For The Fallen Choral works by Elgar & Bax - Hallé Ch & O/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2014/16 HALLÉ [JQ] If this is the conclusion of Sir Mark Elder’s Elgar cycle it has finished on a very high note.

French Saxophone Quartets Works by Bozza, Desenclos, Dubois, Françaix, Pierné & Schmitt - Kenari Qt rec. 2015 NAXOS [SB] An attractive disc of varied music, mostly but not all light and witty.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Llibre Vermell de Montserrat - La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI/Jordi Savall rec. 2013 ALIA VOX SACD/DVD [ST] I felt like an enriched, more enlightened person after listening to this.

Luthers Lieder Athesinus Consort Berlin/Klaus-Martin Bresgott; Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stuttgart CO/Frieder Bernius rec. 1996/2016 CARUS [CRo] There is much here to fascinate and enjoy in a survey of Luther’s musical influence in Germany.

Nachtmusique Monica Theiss-Eröd (soprano) Valentina Kutzarova (mezzo) Adrian Eröd (bass) Calamus Consort rec. 2016 GRAMOLA [MMB] Almost like travelling back in time to the musical evenings that were popular in the residences of noble families in the 18th Century.

Tatyana Nikolayeva (piano) The 1989 Herodes Atticus Odeon Recital rec. 1989 FIRST HAND RECORDS [SA] There is an intimacy which makes it sound as if she is playing for you alone.


[New] Mozart 225: Part 1 by Michael Greenhalgh

[New] Listening Studio Report by John Quinn

Forgotten Artists: Maryla Jonas by Christopher Howell

Gareth Glyn's Anglesey Sketches – Revisited by John France

The Operas of Charles Gounod by Nick Fuller (4 MB pdf file)


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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