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Shostakovich 5, 8 9
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Stratospheric Barbara Hannigan
Birmingham and BBC Proms

Berkeley - Authenticity

Highly Expressive

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Tuesday September 27th
165 reviews completed so far this month

John CORIGLIANO (b.1938) Symphony No. 1 Michael TORKE (b.1961) Bright Blue Music Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring - Ntl Orch Inst PO/David Alan Miller rec. 2015 NAXOS [NB] A pretty remarkable achievement, especially in the Corigliano, for a group of young players who had been together for barely a month and by that measure alone well-worth hearing and applauding.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No. 1, In the South - O Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano rec. 2012-2013 ICA CLASSICS [GPJ] Characteristically thrilling live performances from Pappano of these two Elgar masterpieces.

Louis-Ferdinand HÉROLD (1791-1833) Piano Concertos - Angéline Pondepeyre (piano); WRD Rundfunkorchester Köln/Conrad van Alphen rec. 2010 ET’CETERA [DJB] Appalling production values and cost reduce the desirability of this reissue.

Peter LIEUWEN (b.1953) Concertos - Slovak Ntl SO/Franz Anton Krager; Texas Music Fest O/Franz Anton Krager rec. 2010-13 MSR CLASSICS [JF] The composer could not have wished for better advocates for his music that the present soloists, orchestra and conductor.

Anthony POOLE (c1629-1692) Sonata, Divisions & Dances - Transports Publics rec. 2014 MUSICA FICTA [JV] Lovers of consort music shouldn't hesitate to add this disc to their collection.

Ludomir RÓŻYCKI (1883-1953) & Ignacy FRIEDMAN (1882-1948) Piano Quintets - Jonathan Plowright (piano) Szymanowski Qt rec. 2015 HYPERION [BSt] Both works get good performances and recorded sound, but that by Friedman is rather more rewarding than that by Różycki.

Eric SATIE (1866-1925) Socrate - Barbara Hannigan (soprano) Reinbert de Leeuw (piano) rec. 2015 WINTER & WINTER [50:51] [DC] Highly desirable.

Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) La Gloria di Primavera - Philharmonia Baroque Ch & O/Nicholas McGegan - rec. 2015 PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE BD-A [BW] Small reservations apart, well worth having.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde - Stephen Gould, Evelyn Herlitzius, Ch & O Bayreuther Festspiele/Christian Thielemann rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON Blu-ray [ST] I hold this film in special affection because it reminds me of my year at the Festival, but I understand how it might polarise viewers.

Christiane Karg (soprano) Portrait - Burkhard Kehring, Malcolm Martineau (piano) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen BERLIN CLASSICS [GF] A perfect introduction to the art of one of the best present-day sopranos.

The world premiere of John Joubert's opera Jane Eyre will be held, as a concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be recorded by Somm Records. 

Box office information and how to support this production can be found here.

For an article about the work, see here.


[New] Listening Room Report by John Quinn

[New] The Symphonies of Stjepan Šulek by Andrew Hartman

Ernest Reyer: Disciple of Berlioz by Nick Fuller

An interview with violinist Arabella Steinbacher by Michael Cookson

MWI Recommends: Haydn Paris symphonies & Walton Violin concerto.


Have You Seen ...? The article The 14 Most Central & South American Composers of the 20th Century

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