BARTÓK (1881-1945) Duke Bluebeard’s
Castle - Jerome Hines (bass) Rosalind Elias
(mezzo) Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1960
SONY CLASSICAL 19075810782
[55:36] [RMo] This performance is essential
to any devotee of this extraordinary psychodrama.
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934), Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941)
& John IRELAND (1879-1962)
Violin Sonatas - Susanne Stanzeleit (violin)
John Thwaites (piano) MERIDIAN CDE84648
[70:25] [JW] Adept performances are let down
by an unsympathetic acoustic.
Christopher FOX (b.1955)
Heather Roche (clarinets)
rec. 2017 METIER MSV28573 [74:02] [RHa] The superb clarinettist Heather Roche proves a committed advocate for Christopher Fox’s solo oeuvre; the works themselves are best appreciated individually.
HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies
Nos 93-104 - Heidelberg SO/Thomas
Fey, Benjamin Spillner rec. 1999-2015
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC16001 [4 CDs:
304:02] [DC] Haydn has rarely sounded so
new and fresh as in these excellent recordings.
John JENKINS (1592-1678) Complete Four-part Consort Music
- Fretwork rec. 2016 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD528 [42:35 + 40:27]
[SB] Those who already know Jenkins’s other music need not hesitate. Others who want to explore viol consort music will find this a good place to start.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphonies
Nos 1–9 - Bavarian RSO & Ch/Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Harding
& Yannick Nézet-Seguin rec. 1996–2016 BR-KLASSIK 900714 [11 CDs: 690:03]
[MC] This Mahler cycle from Munich deserves comparison with the finest sets around.
MEDTNER (1880-1951) Songs
- Ekaterina Siurina, Justina Gringytė, Oleksiy Palchykov, Robin Tritschler, Rodion Pogossov, Nikolay
Didenko, Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2016/7
[2 CDs: 143:50] [RWe] A rare and important
collection of songs from a master of the genre.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Le Nozze Di Figaro - Golda Schultz, Diana Damrau (soprano)
Carlos Álvarez (baritone) Marianne Crebassa (mezzo) Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Franz Welser-Möst
rec. 2016 C MAJOR 743108 DVD [124 mins]
[RJF] This La Scala production and performance is mediocre in comparison with what it replaced.
Thomas Ebenstein (tenor) Premičre Portrait -
Charles Spencer (piano)
rec. 2017 CAPRICCIO C3007 [69:16] [GF] Good, entertaining songs performed by a really expressive character singer.
Holidays John Finucane (clarinet)
Elisaveta Blumina (piano) rec. 2017 GENUIN
GEN18495 [76:44] [JF] An
excellent introduction to English and Irish
music for clarinet and piano.
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