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Friday August 26th
222 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio - Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano) Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Vienna State Opera Ch & Vienna PO/Franz Welser-Mst rec. 2015 SONY DVD [TB] I’d be astonished if it would ever come off the shelf again for a second playing.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Stabat Mater, Mass, Judica me Michael BERKELEY (b. 1948) Touch Light - Marian Consort, Berkeley Ens/David Wordsworth rec. 2016 DELPHIAN [MC] My abiding memory of this Berkeley release is a clear sense of authenticity and elevated reverential expression.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, In stiller Nacht - Cuarteto Quiroga rec. 2014 COBRA RECORDS [DHu] Were it within his temperament, Brahms surely would have exclaimed “Ol!”.

Lszl LAJTHA (1892–1963) Symphonie Les Soli, Sinfoniettas Nos 1 & 2 - Budapest Ch Symphony rec. 2012/13 BMC RECORDS [SG] As an introduction to Lajtha’s music, this fascinating and well-recorded release is as good a place as any to start.

Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No. 6, Waltz Suite - So Paulo SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2015 NAXOS [BW] With several performances available that seem to me to get to the heart of this music better, I would look elsewhere.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Schwanengesang & other Lieder - James Rutherford (baritone) Eugene Asti (piano) rec. 2015 BIS SACD [RWe] Rutherford and Asti add to the long list of the versions of Schubert’s last cycle which are well worth hearing.

British Symphonies rec. 1968-2007 LYRITA [GPJ] An issue of major importance in the discography of British music. Fine performances of magnificent music, much of which is unfairly neglected.

French Composers Conduct Works by Gaubert, Ravel, Schmitt & Tomasi rec. 1930/35 DUTTON [RB] A superb collection well worth running to ground for the jaded yet open-minded.

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss von Husum 2015 rec. 2015 DANACORD [JF] A fine CD that introduces a number of rare piano pieces: just as it says ‘on the tin’

Venice to Hamburg Bach Players, Nicolette Moonen (violin) Silas Wollston (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2014 HYPHEN PRESS MUSIC [JV] These pieces offer the instrumentalists plenty opportunities to show their skills, and these are impressive.


[New] Cellist Jan Vogler in conversation with Michael Cookson

Jules Massenet: His Life and Works - a major survey by Nick Fuller (6 Mb PDF file)

The Hickox Legacy series from Chandos - a survey by Rob Barnett

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