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Friday September 30th

Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) Chamber Music - Cristian Persinaru (violin) Paul Fox (cello) Nils Franke (piano) rec. 2002/04 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 96586 [74] [JW] The variable art of Russian exile Sergei Bortkiewicz’s chamber works.

Carl Loewe (1796-1869) Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 - Jenaer Philharmonie/Simon Gaudenz rec. 2019 CPO 555 319-2 [59] [NB] Wholly enjoyable and well-crafted early Romantic symphonies given sparkling performances.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Heinz Rehfuss (bass-baritone), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Festival/Felix Prohaska rec. 1963 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFERS HDTT4482 [52] [RMo] An essentially flawless, “classic” recording which forms a benchmark for all others.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5 Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Francesca da Rimini - Warsaw PO/Witold Rowicki, Leningrad PO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 1958/60 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 453988-2 [72] [GT] Very welcome re-releases of Russian orchestral masterpieces.

Sir Donald Tovey (1875-1940) Cello Sonatas - Alice Neary, Kate Gould (cello) Gretel Dowdeswell (piano) rec. 2008 TOCCATA CLASSUCS TOCC0497 [88] [JW] Stylish and virtuosic readings of Tovey’s cello works.

Thursday September 29th

Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980) Tuvayhun - Nidarosdomens jentekor & TrondheimSolistene/Anita Brevik rec. 2020/2021 2L 2L171SABD SACD/BD-A [79] [DC] Spectacular sonics and a positive message.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphonies Nos 1 & 7 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Christian Thielemann rec. 2021 UNITEL Blu-ray 807004 [181] [GT] Thielemann’s new Bruckner symphony cycle offers a fresh approach to mark the 200th birth anniversary.

Hans Gál (1890-1987) Piano Quartet, Suite, Concertino, Impromptu - Gottlieb Wallisch (piano) Hartmut Rohde (viola) Aron Quartett, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra/Hartmut Rohde rec. 2019 CPO 555 276-2 [59] [RB] There’s a crystalline, melodic flow to these works written before the composer’s enforced exile.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Cello Concertos 1 & 2 Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Trauermusik - Christian Poltéra (cello), Münchener Kammerorchester rec. 2021 BIS BIS2507 SACD [61] [DJB] Thrilling finales of the concertos are outweighed by a lack of poetry elsewhere, and the filler does not really fit.

Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915-1940) La Vita - Leonie Karatas (piano) rec. 2021 EUROARTS 2069107 [70] [JW] A somewhat inconsistent disc at its best, fortunately, in the two biggest works.

Francesco Santoliquido (1883-1971) Chamber Music - Gran Duo Italiano, Federica Del Bagno (cello) rec. 2021 BRILLIANT 96589 [65] [JW] Incurious, backward looking, and a Fascist sympathiser too – welcome to the wonderful world of Francesco Santoliquido.

Wednesday September 28th

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Violin Concertos - Ivry Gitlis (violin) Natalia Likhopoi (violin) Louisiana Museum Art Ensemble rec. 1990-1997 RHINE CLASSICS RH-024 [74] [JW] The richly communicative instincts of Ivry Gitlis are heard in previously unreleased Bach.

Franz Biber (1644-1704) Requiem & works by Bernhard, Nicolai & Fux - Vox Luminis, Freiburger BarockConsort/Lionel Meunier rec. 2019 ALPHA 665 [73] [JV] Fine performance of Biber's Requiem and an interesting choice of additional music.

Claude Debussy (1862–1918) The First Columbia Recordings - Walter Gieseking (piano) rec. 1931–1949 APR APR6040 [2 CDs: 153] [SG] Debussy’s solo piano music from one of its finest interpreters.

Bernard van Dieren (1887–1936) Complete Music For Piano Solo - Christopher Guild (piano) rec. 2021 PIANO CLASSICS PCL10241 [54 + 47] [JW] Van Dieren in from the cold with a new piano champion.

Albert Lortzing (1801–1851) Zum Groβ-Admiral - Anett Fritsch, Lavinia Dames, Julia Sophie Wagner (sopranos), Münchner Rundfunkorchester/ Ulf Schirmer rec. 2019 CPO 555133-2 [2 CDs: 143] [GF] Too uneven singing for a general recommendation, but the three sopranos should be heard.

Marina Rebeka (soprano) Spirito - Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo di Palermo/Jader Bignamini rec. 2018 PRIMA CLASSIC PRIMA001 [78] [RMo] An interesting, ambitious recital which proves to be something of a mixed bag.

Tuesday September 27th

Emma Johnson (b. 1966) Songs of Celebration - Emma Johnson (clarinet, narrator), Choir of Gloucester Cathedral/Adrian Partington, Recorder Consort, John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2022 NIMBUS NI6431 [59] [JQ] Music and performances showing the engaging personality of Emma Johnson.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) String Quartets Vol. 3 - Armida Quartett rec. 2020 AVI-MUSIC 8553032 [2 CDs: 116] [DF] Captivating performances of Mozart string quartets.

Charlotte Sohy (1887-1955) Composer of the Belle Époque rec. 2021/22 LA BOÎTE Ŕ PÉPITES BAP01.03 [3 CDs: 187] [GF] A privilege to listen to works long forgotten and find that they have a lot to say to listeners from later generations.

Eugčne Ysa˙e (1858-1931) The Genius of Ysa˙e - Elmira Darvarova (violin) Ronald Carbone (viola) Samuel Magill (cello) rec. 2022 AFFETTO AF2203 [63] [JW] An Ysa˙e world premičre, two world premičre recordings of his final versions, and more besides.

Hommage Works by Absil, Pillois, Tansman & Daniel-Lesur - Cracow Harp Quintet rec. 2021 DUX 1871 [51] [GPu] Quintessentially French music played with Parisian sophistication by five young Polish musicians.

Paul Paray (conductor) The Mercury Masters Vol. 2 - Detroit Symphony/Paul Paray rec. 1958–1962 ELOQUENCE 4843318 [22 CDs: 974] [JW] The second tranche of Paray’s Detroit Mercury recordings proves as invigorating as the first.

Monday September 26th

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) Chamber Works - András Schiff (piano), Boris Pergamenschikow (cello), Musiktage Mondsee Ensemble rec. 1992 DECCA 440 312-2 [63] [PBW] Performances which bring lasting satisfaction.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphony No 9 - BRSO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. live 2021 BR KLASSIK 900205 [79] [MC] This outstanding account of the Ninth from Rattle and the BRSO is an expression of their devotion to Mahler’s music.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphonies Nos 8 and 9 - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 2021 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4863045 [26+62] [GT] Herbert Blomstedt makes his debut for DG with revelatory performances of Schubert’s most loved symphonies.

The Americanist Works by Gershwin, Ravel & Still - Elizabeth Newkirk (piano) rec. 2020 BRIGHT SHINY THINGS BSTC-0166 [59] [RCh] Three contrasting portraits in vivid piano transcriptions.

Una Bourne (piano) Australian Recording Pioneer: HMV Recordings rec. 1914-1926 APR 6037 [77 + 77] [JW] A stalwart of the recording studios of the teens and twenties, sometimes found wanting.

Musical Art Quartet Complete Columbia Recordings rec. 1927/28 BIDDULPH 85017-2 [73] [SG] Warmth, personality and musicality: a pity these are their only recordings of quartet repertoire.

Very Best of British Brass - No recording details ALTO ALN1984 [79] [JW] Colourful exemplars of the great British brass tradition let their collective hair down ... sometimes.


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