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Tuesday March 3rd
21 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Music for Piano Trio - The Florestan Trio rec. 2002-04 HYPERION Trio Wanderer rec. 2010-11 HARMONIA MUNDI [DJB] In the market for a full Beethoven trio set? Both of these will delight, but the Florestans win out.

David ELLIS (b.1933) Orchestral Works - Manchester Sinf/Richard Howarth; Northern Ch O/Nicholas Ward; RNCM SO/Edward Downes; Manchester Camerata/Frank Cliff rec. 1973-2013 DIVINE ART [BW] Very approachable music but never facile.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 5 & 6 - New York PO/Alan Gilbert rec. 2014 DACAPO SACD [JL] Landmark performances ... awe-inspiring.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonata Dmitry KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Cello Concerto 2 - Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) Alexei Grynyuk, Petr Limonov (pianos) Netherlands PO/Andrew Litton rec. 2012/14 ONYX [MC] Beautifully played, splendidly recorded - a magnetic performance of Kabalevsky’s Second Cello Concerto. A real find.

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Tsar's Bride - Evgeny Nesterenko (bass) Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano) Ch & O Bolshoi Theatre/Fuat Mansurov rec. 1973 MELODIYA [RMo] If you are buying your first “The Tsar’s Bride”, this is the obvious first choice, as long as you can cope with the issue of a missing libretto.

Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) Complete HMV Solo Recordings 1950-1961 DANACORD [JW] The restorations sound very sympathetic and the booklet notes rightly salute this outstanding musician.

Comédie et Tragédie - Vol. 1 Works by Lully, Marais & Rebel - Tempesta di Mare/Gwyn Roberts; Richard Stone rec. 2014 CHANDOS CHACONNE [DC] Superb, but safe and secure as a royal palace.

Passion - Resurrection German Baroque Sacred Music rec. 1982-2007 RICERCAR [JV] Those who have little of the music on offer here in their collection should take this production into consideration.

Seven Sisters Chamber Music by British Women - Diana Ambache (piano) Anthony Robb (flute) Jeremy Polmear (oboe, cor anglais) Neyire Ashworth (clarinet, bass clarinet) Julie Andrews (bassoon) David Juritz (violin) Louise Williams (viola) Rebecca Knight (cello) rec. 2014 AMBACHE [JF] Full of delights.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH War and Peace in Baroque Europe Hesperion XXI, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya/Jordi Savall rec. 1996-2014 ALIA VOX SACD [ST] An incredibly impressive achievement, both as a curated festival of culture and as a humanitarian.


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National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos H-L by Mike Herman

Two Centuries In One: Musical Romanticism & the Twentieth Century - an e-book by Herbert Pauls (available as a pdf - we recommend you download it to your computer as it is a large file, 4Mb)

An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: Introduction ~~ "A" Composers

MWI Recommends - Rachmaninov Symphony 2 & Smetana Ma vlast.


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