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Wednesday January 26th

George ENESCU (1881–1955)
Violin Concerto, Phantasy
Carolin Widmann (violin), Luiza Borac (piano), NDR Radiophilharmonie/ Peter Ruzicka rec. 2021
CPO 555 487-2
[53:33] [CL]

CPO presents more Enescu discoveries: the Phantasy is satisfying.

Frank FERKO (b. 1950) & Leo SOWERBY (1895–1968)
Organ Music
David Schrader (organ) rec. 2019–2020
CEDILLE RECORDS CDR90000204
[79:25 + 79:04] [WK]

No fan of organ music or of American composers should miss these discs.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Vol 1: Death & Transfiguration
Kenneth Hamilton (piano) rec. 2020/21
PRIMA FACIE PFCD167/168
[76:57 + 75:03] [JF]

An illuminating and enjoyable release that ticks all the boxes of excellence.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791)
Dedicated To Haydn Vol. 2
 
String Quartets Nos 14, 17 & 18
Engegård Quartet rec. 2020
LAWO CLASSICS LWC1219
[79:53] [RMo]

Those who prefer a more leisurely approach will look elsewhere.

Niels RŘNSHOLDT (b. 1978)
Archive of Emotions & Experiences Book 1: Birds
Lenio Liatsou (piano) rec. 2020
DACAPO 8.226712
[42:37] [DMD]

An entrancing work that casts an irresistible spell.

Fernando SOR (1778-1839)
Works for Guitar
Eduardo Fernández (guitar) rec. 1989
DECCA 425 821-2
[68:42] [ZT]

A treasure from the late 20th
century.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
Rigoletto
Ettore Bastianini (baritone) Renata Scotto (soprano) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Gianandrea Gavazzeni rec. 1960
PRISTINE AUDIO PACO184
 [55:35 + 63:48] [ST]

A welcome issue in excellent sound, but it doesn’t replace my top choice.

Julian Bream (lute, guitar)
A Tribute Vol. 2: Live Performances and Broadcasts 1956-1965
Peter Pears (tenor), Carmirelli Quartet, Scottish NO/Alexander Gibson
DOREMI DHR-8151-2
[79:46 + 78:46] [JW]

Bream in live performance and broadcast; premieres and illustrious partners.

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