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Friday March 31st
243 reviews completed so far this month

Frederic CLIFFE (1857-1931) Symphony No. 1, Cloud and Sunshine - Malmö Opera O/Christopher Fifield rec. 2003 STERLING [JW] Cliffe can certainly stand proudly in the tradition of late nineteenth-century British symphonists.

Émile GOUÉ (1904-1946) Piano Works Vol. 2 - Diane Andersen (piano) AZUR CLASSICAL [SG] It has been gratifying to encounter this rarely performed music.

Vincent d'INDY (1851-1931) Symphony No. 2, Souvenirs, Istar - Royal Scottish Ntl O/Jean-Luc Tingaud rec. 2015 NAXOS [DJB] For those new to d’Indy’s music, this is an excellent place to start.

František JIRÁNEK (1698-1778) Concertos - Collegium Marianum/Jana Semerádová rec. 2016 SUPRAPHON [JW] This series hasn’t seemed like faltering at any stage and I’m glad to say it hasn’t done so here.

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Il Sesto Libro de Madrigali - Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini rec. 1992 ARCANA [SSi] This enjoyable recording deals with Monteverdi’s music on the theme of loss. I find it easy to recommend.

Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Complete Works for Violin/Viola, Cello & Guitar -  Nils-Erik Sparf (violin/viola) Andreas Brantelid (cello) David Härenstam (guitar) rec. 2016 PROPRIUS [GF] This music may be a bit off the beaten track but it is charming and well worth anyone’s acquaintance, and also eminently well executed.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Turandot - Nina Stemme, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ch & O Teatro alla Scala Milano/Riccardo Chailly DECCA Blu-ray [DBi] Puccini's final opera with Berio's well judged completion. A top recommendation.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier suites - Pittsburgh SO/Manfred Honeck rec. 2016 REFERENCE RECORDINGS SACD [NB] An impressive disc.  

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben - NHK SO/Paavo Järvi rec. 2015 RCA [MB] A sensational Don Juan but a Heldenleben that only occasionally reaches the heights.

Charles Munch The Complete New York Philharmonic Recordings - P-SO New York rec. 1947/48 PRISTINE AUDIO [JQ] An enjoyable set which includes some useful additions to the Munch discography.

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