Jean-Baptiste ARBAN (1825-1889)
Fantasies on Verdi Operas -
Angelo Cavallo (cornet)
Michele Fontana (piano)
rec. 2016 DYNAMIC CDS7784.02 [2 CDs: 120:01] [MR] These follow a predicable path which, given these technically secure but undemonstrative performances, is probably more interesting to the player than the listener.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Ich habe genug,
Orchestral Suite No. 2,
Passacaglia & Fugue -
Stephan Genz (baritone)
Russian Ntl O/Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev rec. 2015 PENTATONE PTC5186593 SACD [65:52]
[DHu] Tear off your hair shirt for some good old-fashioned, big-band Bach; the Passacaglia
& Fugue arrangement is a real blast.
BRAHMS (1833-1897), Karl
WEIGL (1881-1949) & Paul
HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Viola Sonatas
- Paul Doktor (viola) Nadia Reisenberg (piano)
rec. 1952-1963 ROMÉO RECORDS 7317
[76:01] [RB] This is a most agreeable listening
experience unless you must have a closer approach
to modern audio perfection.
Antonio CESTI (1623-1669)
L’Orontea - Monteverdi Continuo Ens,
Frankfurt Opera & Museum O/Ivor Bolton
rec. 2015 OEHMS CLASSICS OC965 [3 CDs: 175:21] [CRo] Listeners who like the grit of an animated performance in the theatre will warm to this recording.
(1886-1971) Complete Piano Works - François-Michel Rignol,
Lorraine Lacaze (piano) rec. 2017 SOLSTICE SOCD348
[66:12] [SG] François-Michel Rignol’s infectious enthusiasm and cultivated musicianship should win this wonderful music many new acquaintances.
Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900) Piano Trios Nos
1 & 2 -
Vienna Piano Trio rec. 2016 MDG 9422017-6 SACD [65:38] [BSt] An interesting and very well-produced release, which suggests that Herzogenberg was one of the more rewarding followers of Brahms.
KALOMIRIS (1883–1962) Complete
Works for Solo Piano - Olivier Chauzu
(piano) rec. 2016 GRAND PIANO GP748
[69:43] [RB] Folksy, Kodály-style, peacock-fan
brilliance and melody at play.
KARAYEV (1918-1982) The 7 Beauties,
Don Quixote, Leyla and Mejnun -
Bournemouth SO/Kirill Karabits rec. 2017
CHANDOS CHSA5203 SACD [73.10]
[IL] Extremely colourful and evocative music,
brilliantly orchestrated; the ear is unfailingly
ROREM (b. 1923) Our Town -
Matthew DiBattista, Margot Rood, Monadnock
Music/Gil Rose rec. 2013 NEW WORLD RECORDS
807902 [55:00 + 68:25] [JQ]
An important release - Ned Rorem’s most
recent opera receives a committed first recording.
Fiery Genius Neopolitan
Instrumental Music for 1,2,3, & 4 violins
- Ens Aurora/Enrico Gatti (violin) rec. 2016
ARCANA A429 [68.35] [MW] A
fascinating and superbly played introduction
to little-known but splendid music from Naples.
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