Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Serenades Nos
1 & 2 - Gävle Symphony Orchestra/Jaime Martín rec. 2015 ONDINE ODE1291-2 [72:33]
[DHu] Refreshing and well-recorded accounts of the serenades that, if nothing else, win on sheer charm.
Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Orchestral Works - John Bradbury (clarinet) Nelson Goerner (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Neeme Järvi rec. 2001/4 CHANDOS CHAN241-57 [69:54 + 64:34] [RB] This is first class value for money - no compromise, premium price music-making at 2-4-1 pricing.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963)
Complete String Quartets -
Juilliard String Qt
rec. 1995-97 WERGO WER69602 [3 CDs: 189:25] [SG] Stylish and persuasive readings. For those coming to these works for the first time, the Juilliards get my enthusiastic endorsement.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte - Martin Summer, Yasmin Özkan, Martin Piskorski, Fatma Said, Till von Orlowsky, Theresa Zisser, Sascha Emanuel Kramer, O & Ch dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Ádám Fischer rec. 2016 C MAJOR 740504 Blu-ray [173 mins] [MC] A captivating production.
OF THE MONTH
Joby TALBOT (b. 1971) Path of Miracles Owain PARK (b. 1993) Footsteps - Fellows of the NYOGB, Tenebrae/Nigel Short rec. 2005/16 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD471 [79:22] [JQ] Tenebrae’s 15th anniversary marked with a reissue of Joby Talbot’s astonishing Path of Miracles.
Sir William WALTON (1902-83)
Troilus and Cressida -
Richard Lewis, Peter Pears (tenors) Magda Laszlo (soprano)
Covent Garden Ch & O/Sir Malcolm Sargent
rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO138 [61.16 + 77.11] [PCG] Perhaps chiefly of historic interest as a document, especially to those who know the opera in
one of its other incarnations.
Christopher WOOD (b.1945) Requiem
Rebecca Bottone (soprano)
Clare McCaldin (alto)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Nicholas Garrett (bass)
L’Inviti Sinfonia & Singers/Paul Brough rec. 2012 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100068 [60.55]
[GH] I can’t find much in the work that is striking and makes me
want to listen to it again.
Il Cembalo di Partenope
Catalina Vicens (harpsichord) rec. 2015 CARPE DIEM RECORDS CD-16312 [66:35]
[JV] Instrument, music and performance are a happy combination here.
Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2016 DANACORD DACOCD789
[78:31] [JF] A delight from end to end.
El Ruiseñor Andaluz - Un hommage musical à Federico Garcia Lorca Benjamin Valette (guitar) Ens Chronochromie/Jean-Michel Hasler rec. 2011 AD VITAM AV120515 [57:53] [RB] French musicians resonantly deliver this unusual Lorca anthology.
The Lyre Ensemble LYRE-OF-UR 002 [49.19] [EML] It’s all a little too “fluffy” and lacking in rigour for me.
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