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Friday October 19th
142 reviews completed so far this month

Richard ALLAIN (b. 1965) Choral Music - Ch of Merton College Oxford/Benjamin Nicholas rec. 2017 DELPHIAN DCD34207 [64:08][JQ] A collection of eminently approachable and very worthwhile music in excellent performances.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No.3 Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Horn Concerto No.1 - William Caballero (horn) Pittsburgh SO/Manfred Honeck rec. 2012/17 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FR-728 SACD [65:17] [NB] All in all, another triumph for this magnificent musical, creative and technical team.

Hans BRONSART von SCHELLENDORFF (1830-1913) & Anton URSPRUCH (1850-1907) Piano Concertos - Emmanuel Despax (piano) BBC Scottish SO/Eugene Tzigane rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68229 [75:25] [EJW] Recommended with enthusiasm, especially for the Bronsart.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Louis COUPERIN (1629-1661) Nouvelles suites de clavecin - Christophe Rousset (harpsichord) rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902501.02 [79:12 + 67:22] [SG] This release stands tall and would grace any Baroque collection.

Arnold ROSNER (1945–2013) Orchestral Music Vol. 2 - London PO/Nick Palmer rec. 2017 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0465 [72:09] [RB] Incessant persistence, cool limpidity, gaunt, statuesque and imposing.

Poul RUDERS (b. 1949) Occam’s Razor - David Starobin (guitar) rec. 2007-18 BRIDGE 9500 [52:28] [SSi] David Starobin is the backbone of this recording, which proves to be an important and entertaining addition to the growing catalogue of Poul Ruders music on disc.

Robert SCHUMANN (1801-1856) Piano Concerto Norbert BURGMÜLLER (1810-1836) Symphony No. 2 - Colibrì Ens/Alexander Lonquich (piano) rec. 2017 ODRADEK ODRCD355 [63:04] [DJB] Even putting the substantial sound issues aside, the Schumann is simply up against too much competition, but the Burgmüller has definite appeal.

Percy SHERWOOD (1866–1939) Double Concerto Frederic Hymen COWEN (1852–1935) Symphony No.5 - Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin) Joseph Spooner (cello) BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2016 EM RECORDS EMRCD047 [77:49] [JW] This is a really excellent and exploratory release in every way.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending, Fantasia on Greensleeves, Job - David Juritz (violin) Philharmonia O/Barry Wordsworth, Consort of London/Robert Haydon Clark rec. 1990/1 ALTO ALC1384 [66:38] [RB] A very fine Job with many rewarding pages and details that will reach out to gratify the listener.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH as if the mesh of words were broken Lieder in the late 20th century and beyond - Clare Lesser (soprano) David Lesser (piano) rec. 2016/17 MÉTIER MSV28567 [63:13] [JF] An outstanding CD, brilliantly performed by both artists.


[New] Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Autumn 2018/2 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

[New] Thoughts on Evaluating Unfamiliar Music by Walter Simmons

[New] Giordano's Andrea Chenier  - a survey by Ralph Moore

[New] Naresh Sohal - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

National discography update: Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Concertos

Boito's Mefistofele - a survey by Ralph Moore

Montserrat Caballé - an obituary by Ralph Moore

The musical careers of the Sedgwick & Bridge families of Bury - a timeline prepared by Frank Rutherford

Classical Music on Stamps This week: Tchaikovsky centenaries


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