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Monday April 27th
193 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Works for cello and piano - Matt Haimovitz (cello) Christopher O'Riley (fortepiano) rec. 2014 PENTATONE SACD [DBi] A fresh and enlightening reading of Beethoven's works for this combination.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Diversions Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Concerto for piano left-hand - Nicolas Stavy (piano) Lille Ntl O/Paul Polivnick rec. 2014 HORTUS [NB] Highly impressive performances of under-appreciated music.

Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Symphonie d’Archets, Ode sur ‘La Naissance de Vénus’ de Botticelli, Die Kamelien - Sir Georg Solti CO/Kerry Stratton rec. 2011 TOCCATA CLASSICS [MC] Highly committed and warmly expansive.

Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Complete Electro-Acoustic Works ATOLL CD/DVD [DC] Essential Lilburn.

Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Suites for Oboe - Christopher Palameta (oboe) Eric Tinkerhess (viola da gamba) Romain Falik (theorbo, guitar) Lisa Goode Crawford (harpsichord) rec. 2014 AUDAX RECORDS [JV] Fine performances which give the impression that the music was specifically written for the oboe.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le sacre du printemps - Tonhalle O Zürich/David Zinman rec. 2013 RCA [LW] Mandatory Le Sacre as a document is let down by the performances.

Father and Son Christoph & Julian Prégardien (tenors) Michael Gees (piano) rec. 2014 CHALLENGE CLASSICS SACD [RWe] Splendid ... characterised with just the right sense of domestic entertainment rather than high art requiring the highest artistic skill to bring off.

Message to the Future John Williams (guitar) Richard Harvey (recorders, ocarina, mandolin, clarinet, percussion etc) rec. 2005 ALTUS DVD [BW] A varied and entertaining programme expertly performed.

Mirage Carolyn Mills (harp) ATOLL [JW] A charmingly well-balanced and thoughtful disc.

Orpheus Choreography by Dominique Hervieu and José Montalvo rec. 2010 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [RMay] A visceral effect of sheer energy and theatricality.

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Master Singers: Advice from the Stage by Lucy Mauro and Donald George publ. 2014/15 Oxford University Press USA [MMB] A glimpse into the world of some of today’s greatest operatic stars.

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