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.
(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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