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Thursday April 17th
145 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin concertos - Henryk Szeryng (violin) Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française PO/Jean Martinon, Dimitri Chofaras rec. 1962/3 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] Szeryng revealed in all his aristocratic assurance.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St Matthew Passion - RIAS Kammerchor, Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs rec. 2012 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC SACD [ST] Jacobs needs to stick to what he is good at and put musical values above pseudo-historical experiments.

Georg BENDA (1722-1795) Chamber Music and Songs - Elena Bertuzzi (soprano) Paolo Borgonovo (tenor) Ulrike Slowik (violin) Ens Arcomelo/Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord) BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JW] In Benda’s fusion of unexpectedness and expressive intensity lies the very best of his music.

André CAMPRA (1660-1744) Messe de Requiem - La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe rec. 1987 HARMONIA MUNDI [JB] This is historically informed performance at its very highest standard … an absolute must-have for any French baroque enthusiast.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Stabat Mater - Mariana Zvetkova (soprano) Ruxandra Donose (mezzo) Johan Botha (tenor) Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass) Ch Sachsischen Staatsoper Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden/Giuseppe Sinopoli rec. 2000 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [JQ] Dramatic Dvořák from Sinopoli.

Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988) Piano Concerto 1 Ruth GIPPS (1921-1999) Piano Concerto, Theme and Variations - Angela Brownridge (piano) Malta PO/Michael Laus rec. 2011 CAMEO CLASSICS [PCG] One is grateful for the opportunity to hear this music in commercial recordings but this is one of the least impressive discs in the series.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La Bohème - Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor) Maria Callas (soprano) Ch & O Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Antonino Votto rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO [RMo] This runs Karajan and Beecham very close and I would not like to be without it.

Myroslav SKORYK (b.1938) Music for Violin and Piano - Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano) rec. 2010 TOCCATA CLASSICS [SA] Really interesting music by a little known composer played by two fantastic performers.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Operatic orchestral music - Rotterdam PO/Jeffrey Tate rec.1991/92 WARNER CLASSICS [RMo] Strauss at his most melodic and indulgent.

Authentic Quartet Works by Förster, Krommer, Wölfl, Albrechtsberger & Zmeskall rec. 2003-11 HUNGAROTON [Byz] Performances of great acuity, communicative conviction and technical accuracy.


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