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Tuesday June 28th
182 reviews completed so far this month

Harry Rabinowitz, conductor and composer
26 March, 1916 – 22 June, 2016

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St Matthew Passion - Ernst Haefliger (tenor) Irmgard Seefried (soprano) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass) Munich Bach O & Ch/Karl Richter rec. 1958 PRISTINE AUDIO [JW] Those new to this classic recording will enjoy the sympathetic restoration here.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius, Severn Suite - Robert Tear (tenor) Alfreda Hodgson (contralto) Benjamin Luxon (baritone) Scottish Ntl Ch & O/Sir Alexander Gibson, London Collegiate Brass/James Stobart rec. 1976/85 CRD [PCG] A first-time comer to Gerontius could do worse.

Roy HEATON SMITH (1928-2014) Opening the Door - Clare Wilkinson (mezzo) Linda Merrick (clarinet) Benedict Holland (violin) Alistair Vennart (viola) Harvey Davies, Ewa Tytman (piano) rec. 1958-2015 DIVINE ART [JF] Essential listening for all enthusiasts of British music from the second half of the 20th century.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony 5, Scythian Suite - Deutsches SO Berlin/Tugan Sokhiev rec. 2013/14 SONY CLASSICAL [RK] A perfectly respectable performance, but suffers in comparison to the best.

Arnold ROSNER (1945–2013) Piano Concerto 2, Gematria, Pastoral Dances, From the Diaries of Adam Czerniaków - Peter Vinograde (piano) Peter Riegert (speaker) London PO/David Amos rec. 2015 TOCCATA CLASSICS [RB] A key addition to the Rosner discography.

Daniel STEIBELT (1765-1823) Piano Sonata & other works - Anna Petrova-Forster (piano) rec. 2015 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] This is music that doesn’t move me in any way.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Conversations Sonatas & Concerti by Quentin & Guillemain - Nevermind rec. 2015 ALPHA CLASSICS [JV] Musical conversations at the highest level.

Great European Organs Vol. 99: The Organ of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin - David Leigh (organ) rec. 2015 PRIORY [MR] Hugely satisfying performances of obscure repertory from one of Dublin’s overlooked musical glories.


[New] Piano Trio Survey: Mid-2016 Update by David Barker

[New] Forgotten Artists: Pietro Argento by Christopher Howell

Arnold's Cornish Dances: 50th Anniversary by John France

Download News 2016/7 by Brian Wilson

Arthur Bliss's Edinburgh overture by John France

MWI Recommends: Barber Violin concerto & Dvorak Slavonic dances.


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