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Friday September 22nd
170 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Coriolan Overture, Symphony No. 3 - Berlin PO, Vienna PO/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1943/44 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC488 [62:07] [RWM] Perhaps the greatest recording of the greatest symphony – restored to remarkable standards of fidelity.

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Symphony No. 3, Three Latin American Sketches - Detroit SO/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2013/15 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559844 [55:18] [JQ] A most enjoyable and very successful Copland disc.

Johann Joseph FUX (1660-1741) Complete Music for Harpsichord - Filippo Emanuele Ravizza (harpsichord) rec. 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95189 [61:04 + 77:06] [RHa] Another complete harpsichord edition from Brilliant, worthily performed and recorded, but not necessarily the best introduction to this grand master of counterpoint.

Émile GOUÉ (1904-1946) Piano Works Vol. 1 - Samuel Ternoy (piano) AZUR CLASSICAL AZC082 [69:18] [SG] Music that offers much to delight in and enjoy.

Zara LEVINA (1906-1976) Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 - Maria Lettberg (piano) Berlin RSO/Ariane Matiakh rec. 2016 CAPRICCIO C5269 [58:01] [JW] A fine introduction to Zara Levina’s music.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) & Friederich GULDA (1930-2000) Piano works - Friederich Gulda (piano) Bavarian RSO/Leopold Hager rec. 1969/82 BR KLASSIK 900713 [54:36] [DC] Blessed by the spirit of Mozart.

Georgy SVIRIDOV (1915-1998) Chamber Music - Beethoven Trio Bonn, Artur Chermonov (violin) Vladimir Babestiko (viola) rec. 2016 C-AVI MUSIC 8553375 [57:52] [RB] Sadness in triumph, joy twisted with loss. A happy energy with a hardhearted overlay.

Alexander TCHAIKOVSKY (b.1946) Etudes in Simple Tones, Concerto for two pianos - Yuri Bashmet (viola) Xenia Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Daria Tchaikovskaya (pianos) Moscow PO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2016 MELODIYA MELCD1002497 [53:26] [RB] An industrious composer who has the capacity to surprise.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies 3 & 5, The Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake Suites, Marche slav - Vienna SO/Moshe Atzmon; London SO/Claudio Abbado; Warsaw Ntl PO/Witold Rowicki; Berlin PO/Ferdinand Leitner rec.1959/73 DECCA ELOQUENCE 482 6176 [2 CDs: 149:47] [IL] A mixed bag.

Carnevale 1729 Ann Hallenberg (mezzo) Il pomo d’oro/Stefano Montanari rec. 2016 PENTATONE PTC5186678 SACD [52.23 + 46.17] [MC] A stunning studio album of showstopping late-baroque arias.


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