Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for solo violin, 44 Duos - Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas (violins) rec. October 2005 BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTER [JW] Playing that is assured, involved and unbridled, in good recorded sound.
Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Palais
de Mari & other piano works George
CRUMB (b. 1929) Processional, A Little
Suite for Christmas - Steven Osborne (piano)
rec. 2014 HYPERION [DC] One of this year’s finest CDs.
OF THE MONTH
Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1612) 1615: Gabrieli in Venice - His Majesty’s Sackbutts & Cornetts, Ch of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2015 KINGS COLLEGE SACD/BD-A [ST] Good music brilliantly performed, whether you're listening through two
speakers or eight.
Hans Christian LUMBYE (1810-1874) The Strauss of Scandinavia - Odense SO/Peter Guth rec. 1989/93 ALTO [RB] A generous sheaf of Lumbye's light dance music in the hands of a Danish orchestra.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) & Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Chamber works - Szymon Goldberg (violin) Frederick Riddle, William Primrose & Paul Hindemith (viola) Emanuel Feuermann (cello) Lili Kraus (piano) rec. 1934/48 OPUS KURA [SG] Historical chamber music performances of distinction, resurrected and given a new lease of life.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868) Opera Arias - Franco Fagioli (countertenor) Armonia Atenea O & Ch/George Petrou rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [MC] Fagioli is in remarkable voice, relishing this Rossini collection.
Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900)
Macbeth, The Tempest & Marmion overture - Simon Callow (speaker) Mary Bevan, Fflur Wyn (soprano) BBC
Singers, BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2015 DUTTON SACD [NB] An enjoyable but not a vital addition to your collection.
Richard WETZ (1875-1935) Symphony No.
3 - Berlin SO/Erich Peter rec. 1981 STERLING [JW] Serves as a testament to Wetz’s indomitable singularity of
vision and his belief in symphonic verities.
Otton Mieczysław ŻUKOWSKI (1867-1942)
Opera Omnia Religiosa 5 & 6: Christmas Carols
ACTE PRÉALABLE [RB] Simple, sometimes sing-song carols which are most likely to have attractions for Polish audiences everywhere.
Alison Balsom (trumpet) Jubilo
- Academy of Ancient Music/Pavlo Beznosiuk, Ch of King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2015/16 WARNER CLASSICS [MC] High-quality Christmas-themed Baroque works stunningly played.
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