BARTOK (1881-1945) Chamber works for violin Vol. 3 - James
Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin) Michael Collins (clarinet) Andrew
Armstrong (piano) rec. 2012/13 CHANDOS [PCG] Performances absolutely immaculate even in the face of the most
ferocious difficulties and boredom never sets in.
John CASKEN (b.1949) Violin Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra, Orion Over Farne - Sophia Jaffé (violin) Hallé
O/Markus Stenz rec. 2013 NMC [RB] Another piece of elite advocacy for a contemporary composer who
still allows house room to imagination. Fascinating generally but the
Violin Concerto stands out in this company.
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Sonatina Ludwig
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonata
5 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Violin Sonata - Siegfried Borries (violin) Michael
Raucheisen (piano) rec. 1943-1944 MELOCLASSIC [JW] Borries
well deserves his place in this series especially
in such sympathetic restorations.
HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Nobilissima Visione, Five
Pieces for String Orchestra - Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz rec.
2011 NAXOS Hindemith’s complete Nobilissima Visione in a fine performance [LW] Hindemith done
with utter conviction and apposite style [RB].
JENKINS (b.1944) Motets - Polyphony/Stephen Layton DEUTSCHE
GRAMMOPHON [GH] Emotionally
charged, warm-hearted and communicative.
DAVIES (b. 1934) The Lighthouse - Neil Mackie
(tenor) Christopher Keyte (baritone) Ian Comboy (bass) Members of the
BBC Philharmonic/Peter Maxwell Davies rec. 1994 NAXOS [MS] An excellent interpretation of a compelling modern opera;
fully satisfying in every way.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 31, 35 & 36 - Royal PO, Beecham SO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1915-53 PRISTINE
AUDIO [GH] Ample
evidence what a fine Mozart conductor Beecham
was ... also illuminating bonus tracks.
SCRIABIN (1871-1915) The Poem
of Ecstasy Fikret Dzhamil AMIROV
(b. 1922) Azerbaijan Mugam - Houston SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1959 EVEREST [IL] Short
measure again from Everest; but very much worth
the investment, especially the Amirov.
STRAUSS (1864-1949) Elektra - Birgit Nilsson (soprano) Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor)
O & Ch Wiener Staatsoper/Karl Böhm
rec. 1965 ORFEO [RMo] The
extra intensity and charge that comes with which
the atmosphere of a live performance.
the Lord is king! Great
Hymns from Westminster Abbey -
Westminster Abbey Ch/James O’Donnell, Robert
Quinney (organ) rec. 2012-2013 HYPERION [GF] Anyone
who has ever been in Westminster Abbey should
be overwhelmed by the lifelike sound picture.
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