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Friday October 20th
159 reviews completed so far this month

Jean-Baptiste ARBAN (1825-1889) Fantasies on Verdi Operas - Angelo Cavallo (cornet) Michele Fontana (piano) rec. 2016 DYNAMIC CDS7784.02 [2 CDs: 120:01] [MR] These follow a predicable path which, given these technically secure but undemonstrative performances, is probably more interesting to the player than the listener.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Ich habe genug, Orchestral Suite No. 2, Passacaglia & Fugue - Stephan Genz (baritone) Russian Ntl O/Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev rec. 2015 PENTATONE PTC5186593 SACD [65:52] [DHu] Tear off your hair shirt for some good old-fashioned, big-band Bach; the Passacaglia & Fugue arrangement is a real blast.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897), Karl WEIGL (1881-1949) & Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Viola Sonatas - Paul Doktor (viola) Nadia Reisenberg (piano) rec. 1952-1963 ROMÉO RECORDS 7317 [76:01] [RB] This is a most agreeable listening experience unless you must have a closer approach to modern audio perfection.

Antonio CESTI (1623-1669) L’Orontea - Monteverdi Continuo Ens, Frankfurt Opera & Museum O/Ivor Bolton rec. 2015 OEHMS CLASSICS OC965 [3 CDs: 175:21] [CRo] Listeners who like the grit of an animated performance in the theatre will warm to this recording.

Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Complete Piano Works - François-Michel Rignol, Lorraine Lacaze (piano) rec. 2017 SOLSTICE SOCD348 [66:12] [SG] François-Michel Rignol’s infectious enthusiasm and cultivated musicianship should win this wonderful music many new acquaintances.

Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900) Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 - Vienna Piano Trio rec. 2016 MDG 9422017-6 SACD [65:38] [BSt] An interesting and very well-produced release, which suggests that Herzogenberg was one of the more rewarding followers of Brahms.

Manolis KALOMIRIS (1883–1962) Complete Works for Solo Piano - Olivier Chauzu (piano) rec. 2016 GRAND PIANO GP748 [69:43] [RB] Folksy, Kodály-style, peacock-fan brilliance and melody at play.

Kara KARAYEV (1918-1982) The 7 Beauties, Don Quixote, Leyla and Mejnun - Bournemouth SO/Kirill Karabits rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHSA5203 SACD [73.10] [IL] Extremely colourful and evocative music, brilliantly orchestrated; the ear is unfailingly captivated.

Ned ROREM (b. 1923) Our Town - Matthew DiBattista, Margot Rood, Monadnock Music/Gil Rose rec. 2013 NEW WORLD RECORDS 807902 [55:00 + 68:25] [JQ] An important release - Ned Rorem’s most recent opera receives a committed first recording.

The Fiery Genius Neopolitan Instrumental Music for 1,2,3, & 4 violins - Ens Aurora/Enrico Gatti (violin) rec. 2016 ARCANA A429 [68.35] [MW] A fascinating and superbly played introduction to little-known but splendid music from Naples.


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Forgotten Records: Russian and East European Adventures - a survey by Rob Barnett

Derek Bourgeois - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton


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