Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 6-8 - O de Paris, Vienna PO, Cleveland O/Rafael Kubelik rec. 1973/75 PENTATONE PTC5186250 SACD [45.42 + 65.31] [MW] An opportunity to hear Kubelik’s masterly Beethoven in state-of-the art sound.
Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Symphony No.1, Dance Symphony, Statements -
BBC Phil/John Wilson rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHSA5195 SACD
Don’t overlook Marin Alsop on Naxos in the two main works here but SACD
and 24-bit download add to the strong appeal of the new Chandos.
Jean CRAS (1879-1932)
Violin sonata No.1,
Marie-Christine Millière (violin), Chantal Riou (piano),
Catherine Michel (harp), Thomas Prevost (flute)
FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR18M [70:19] [SG] French chamber music with a seafaring flavor.
OF THE MONTH
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Pelléas et Mélisande - Christian Gerhaher, Magdalena Kožená, Gerald Finley, Franz-Josef Selig, Bernarda Fink, Joshua Bloom, Elias Mädler, London SO & Ch/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2016 LSO LIVE LSO0790 SACD/BD-A [165:47] [ST] Worthy to stand alongside any Pelléas of the stereo era.
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Complete Piano Music Vol. 5 - Michael Korstick (piano) rec. 2016 SWR MUSIC SWR19044CD [76:32] [RWe] Those collecting Korstick’s Debussy series will surely want this final disc.
Christopher FOX (b.1955)
Heather Roche (clarinets)
METIER MSV28573 [74:02] [JF] Fox’s musical vocabulary is largely modernist deriving from the post-war Darmstadt movement.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) & Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812) Sonatas Vol. 1 - Minna Pensola (violin) Antti Tikkanen (violin/viola) Tuomas Lehto (cello) Niek de Groot (double bass) rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2317 SACD [68:33] [JWh] A lovely disc, well played and naturally recorded.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Manfred Overture, Symphony No. 4
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Symphony No.3 - Swiss Festival O/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1953 AUDITE 23.441 [66:10 + 30:39] [JW] A substantial sonic improvement on previous releases of this material.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony No. 10 -
Prague SO/Václav Smetáček
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD14/2011 [47.44] [DBi] An exciting performance recorded at a particularly tense time in East-West relations.
Vladimir Horowitz: Live
At Carnegie Hall Vol. 2
PRISTINE AUDIO PAKM072 [79:27] [DC]
Hesitate not – another unique Carnegie Hall date.
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