Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin concertos -
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française PO/Jean Martinon,
rec. 1962/3 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] Szeryng revealed in all his aristocratic assurance.
BACH (1685-1750) St Matthew Passion -
RIAS Kammerchor, Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Akademie für Alte
Musik Berlin/René Jacobs rec. 2012 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC SACD [ST] Jacobs needs to stick to
what he is good at and put musical values above pseudo-historical experiments.
Georg BENDA (1722-1795) Chamber Music and Songs - Elena Bertuzzi (soprano)
Paolo Borgonovo (tenor) Ulrike Slowik (violin) Ens Arcomelo/Michele
Benuzzi (harpsichord) BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JW] In Benda’s fusion of unexpectedness and expressive
intensity lies the very best of his music.
André CAMPRA (1660-1744) Messe de Requiem -
La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe
rec. 1987 HARMONIA MUNDI [JB] This is historically informed performance at its very highest standard … an absolute must-have for any French baroque enthusiast.
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Stabat Mater -
Mariana Zvetkova (soprano) Ruxandra Donose (mezzo) Johan Botha (tenor)
Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass) Ch Sachsischen Staatsoper Dresden, Staatskapelle
Dresden/Giuseppe Sinopoli rec. 2000 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [JQ] Dramatic Dvořák from Sinopoli.
Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Piano Concerto 1 Ruth GIPPS (1921-1999) Piano Concerto,
Theme and Variations -
Angela Brownridge (piano)
Malta PO/Michael Laus
rec. 2011 CAMEO CLASSICS [PCG] One is grateful for the opportunity to hear this music in commercial recordings but this is one of the least impressive discs in the series.
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème -
Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor)
Maria Callas (soprano)
Ch & O Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Antonino Votto
rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO [RMo] This runs Karajan and Beecham very close and I would not like to be without it.
Myroslav SKORYK (b.1938) Music for Violin and Piano
- Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)
rec. 2010 TOCCATA CLASSICS [SA] Really interesting music by a little known composer played by two fantastic performers.
STRAUSS (1864-1949) Operatic orchestral music - Rotterdam
PO/Jeffrey Tate rec.1991/92 WARNER CLASSICS [RMo] Strauss at his most melodic and indulgent.
Quartet Works by Förster, Krommer,
Wölfl, Albrechtsberger & Zmeskall rec. 2003-11 HUNGAROTON [Byz] Performances of great acuity, communicative conviction and technical accuracy.
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