Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) French
& English Suites - Alexander Borovsky
(piano) rec. 1952/3 PRISTINE
AUDIO PAKM074 [3 CDs: 166:33] [JW]
I hope this will lead to more investigation
of Borovsky’s legacy.
BARTÓK (1881-1945) Divertimento
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
String Quintet No. 2 - Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida
Thompson rec. 2016 CHANNEL CLASSICS
CCS37518 [55:26] [DC] Specialist
string orchestra playing – very fine indeed.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
& Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies No. 5 -
Dresdner Philharmonie/Michael Sanderling rec. 2016/17 SONY CLASSICAL 19075820802 [81.52]
I’m looking forward keenly to the next release in this series.
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Falstaff,
Grania & Diarmid, Songs - Roderick Williams (baritone) BBC
Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHSA5188 SACD
A fine performance of Falstaff in refined but not ideally immediate sound is complemented by a distinguished recital of Elgar’s songs.
Choral Music Vol. 2 & Complete Solo Songs
(mezzo) Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) Benjamin
Hulett (tenor) Simon Lepper (piano) Hertfordshire
Ch, London O da Camera/David Temple rec. 2017
LYRITA SRCD366 [72:07 + 39:45]
[JQ] Highly persuasive performances.
Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures from an Exhibition
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse; Ottorino RESPIGHI
Rossiniana - Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1958/67 ELOQUENCE 4824983
Not my first choice for Pictures but comparable with Ansermet’s 1959 recording.
Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Macbeth, Don Juan, Tod und Verklärung,
Staatskapelle Weimar/Kirill Karabits
rec. 2017 AUDITE 97.755 [70:35] [NB]
Superb playing and engineering ensure this is never less than a pleasure
to listen to.
Calefax rec. 2017 PENTATONE PTC5186696 SACD [70:08]
Brilliant wind playing and intelligent musicianship.
OF THE MONTH
Concerti - Vol. I Works by Dubra, Smidbergs, Esenvalds,
Karlsons and Lacis - Liepāja SO/Atvars Lakstīgala
rec 2013-2016 ODRADEK RECORDS ODRCD362
[63:06 + 75:27] [RHa] An often thrilling
survey of new Latvian concertos brilliantly
performed and vividly recorded.
OF THE MONTH
& Other Rarities Clare
Wilkinson (mezzo) Harvey Davies (harpsichord)
John Turner (recorder, bamboo pipe) Peter Lawson (piano) Stephanie Tress
(cello) Solem Qt rec. 2017 DIVINE ART
DDA25169 [78:30] [JF] An
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