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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
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Nothing but Praise


BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set


Telemann continues to amaze


A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition


Another Bacewicz winner


match any I’ve heard


An outstanding centenary collection


personable, tuneful, approachable


a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.


music that will be new to most people


telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded


hitherto unrecorded Latvian music

 

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Monday August 20th
121 reviews completed so far this month

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Il Borgomastro di Saardam - Giorgio Caoduro (baritone) Ch & O Donizetti Opera/Roberto Rizzi Brignoli rec. 2017 DYNAMIC CDS7812.02 [60:31+41:21] [GF] Admirers of Irina Dubrovskaya should jump at the opportunity to have her in a scrumptious role like this.

Friedrich CERHA (b. 1926) Chamber works - Swiss Chamber Soloists rec. 2015 CLAVES 50-1816 [55:06] [RB] Dissonant and inventive, angular fury and disillusion, witchery and buzzing strangeness.

François FRANCŒUR (1698-1787) Violin sonatas - Kreeta-Maria Kentala (violin), Lauri Pulakka (cello), Mitzi Meyerson (harpsichord) rec. 2018 GLOSSA GCD921809 [63:38 + 60:34] [SSi] This set is an excellent introduction to Francœur's music, especially as it is performed with such panache.

Domenico GABRIELLI (c.1659-1690) Ricercari for solo cello, Sonatas Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonatas - Guadalupe López Iñiguez (baroque cello), Marrku Luolajan-Mikkola (baroque cello), Olli Hyyrynen (baroque guitar, archlute), Lauri Honkavirta (harpsichord) rec. 2017 ALBA ABCD412 SACD [74:54] [DBi] Fascinating very early music for solo and accompanied cello.

Stuart GREENBAUM (b. 1966) The Thin Blue Line - Ken Murray (guitar) rec. 2016/17 ABC CLASSICS 4816971 [55.07] Return Journey - Ens Three, Konrad Olszewsli (piano) rec. 2016/17 ABC CLASSICS 4816973 [63.33] [GH] Greenbaum is fortunate that friends, who are also the dedicatees, have recorded his music so sympathetically.

Edward LODER (1809-1865) Raymond & Agnes - Majella Cullagh (soprano) Mark Milhofer (tenor) Retrospect Opera Ch, Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Richard Bonynge rec. 2017 RETROSPECT OPERA RO005 [72:44 + 75:52] [JF] I believe that it would make a stunning addition to the repertoire of one of the great opera companies.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Sacred Arias - GSO Consort/Gudrun Sidonie Otto (soprano) rec. 2015 CPO 555 091-2 [70:40] [JV] Gudrun Sidonie Otto has done us a great favour by turning her attention to this highly interesting and musically compelling aria collection.

Even Such is Time Works by Finzi, Leighton, Howells & Walton - Ch of Christ's College, Cambridge/David Rowland rec. 2017 REGENT REGCD511 [71:55] [JQ] The Christ’s College choir can be proud of their achievements in this recital.

Ivan Moravec (piano) Concertos by Grieg, Prokofiev & Ravel - , Czech PO/Yuri Simonov, Karel Ančerl, Prague SO/Miklós Erdélyi rec. 1967-84 SUPRAPHON SU4245-2 [66:40] [WH] Three fine live performances to delight Moravec admirers and to entice those new to him.

The Solitary Cello Works by Kodály, Dutilleux & Britten - Oren Shevlin (cello) rec. 2000 CLAUDIO RECORDS CC5046-2 [64.07] [DHu] Polished performances, truthfully recorded, which provide a fine introduction to these works. 

Other reviews
Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein publ. 2018 Harper Collins [JQ] A book that all those interested in the phenomenon that was Leonard Bernstein should read.

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Parry's Due: An approach to his music by Michael Trott

In Search of Sibelius Six by Christopher Howell

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Summer 2018 Pt 1 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Classical Music on Stamps This week: Opera & operetta from Austria

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