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RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony in D major, No.104 ‘London’ (1795) [28:40] - Symphony in G major, No.94 ‘Surprise’ (1791) [23:54] - Overture: ‘Acide e Galatea’, in D major [06:17] Heidelberger Sinfoniker/Thomas Fey - Recorded at the Burgerhaus Morlenbach, no dates given. DDD HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.340 [58:51] [MC]

This stellar release surpasses all other versions … the benchmark recording of the symphonies against which all others will now be judged. … see Full Review

Alistair HINTON (b.1950) String Quintet (1969- 1977) Sarah Leonard (soprano) Jagdish Mistry (violin) Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) Levine Andrade (viola) Michael Stirling ('cello) Corrado Canonici (double bass) rec 1999, UK ALTARUS AIR-CD-9066(3) [3CDs: 41.23+62.45+65.14] [CSS]

A gloriously uninhibited declaration of a young composer's musical philosophy … an experience from which one cannot come away unmoved. … see Full Review

William MATHIAS (1934 – 1992) Missa Brevis Op.64 (1973)a Rex Gloriae Op.83 (1981) Except the Lord Build the House Op.89 No.2 (1982)a Angelus Op.90 No.5 (1983)b Veni Sancte Spiritus Op.96 (1985)a The Doctrine of Wisdom (1989)a Yr Arglwydd Yw Fy Mugail (1989)b Alleluia (1991)a Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (1992)a Gloriae Dei Cantores; James E. Jordan, Jr. (organ)a; David Chalmers (piano)b; Elizabeth Patterson (conductor) Recorded: Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Mass. (no dates, published 1998) GLORIAE DEI CANTORES GDCD 026 [74:36] [HC]

Idiomatic and eminently singable, memorable melodies, dancing and capricious rhythms … brilliant … see Full Review

 

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Violin Concertos - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in F major, Op. 4, No.9, RV 284, ‘La Stravaganza’ - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in G major, Op. 4, No.12, RV 298, ‘La Stravaganza’ - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in G minor, Op. 9, No. 3, RV 334, ‘La Cetra’ - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in E major, Op. 9, No. 4, RV 263a, ‘La Cetra’ - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in D minor, Op. 9, No. 8, RV 238, ‘La Cetra’ - Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo, in A major, Op. 9, No. 2, RV 345, ‘La Cetra’ Ensemble La Partita/Sulamit Haecki (violin) - Recorded April-May 1996, Kirche, Zurich-Altstetten, Schweiz. DDD HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 94.006 [65:07] [MC]

A marvellous release … with playing of this calibre I would have loved to have heard the remaining concertos in the sets … see Full Review


BARGAIN OF THE MONTH

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 6 in A major (1879-81 [54’09"] Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-84) [60’36"] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink Recorded in Amsterdam in November 1966 (Symphony No. 7) and December 1970 (Symphony No. 6) PHILIPS DUO 473 301-2 [114’45"] [JQ]

Highly distinguished performances … fine playing captured in excellent, spacious, natural sound. … one of the finest Brucknerians of our age … see Full Review

 

André CAPLET (1878-1925) Épiphanie (1923) [20.24] Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto (1876) [25.13] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Élégie (1879) [6.46] Xavier Phillips (cello) Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie/Emmanuel Plasson Rec. April 1999, Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal, Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg, Austria EMI Début series EMI CLASSICS 5 73503 2 [52.51] [RB]

An outstanding disc made so not merely by Xavier Phillips’ brilliance of execution but by the imaginatively volatile Caplet. Do not miss it. … see Full Review

Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (born 1928) Symphony No. 7 Angel of Light (1994) - Angels and Visitations (1978) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Hannu Koivula - Recorded 6-7 April 2001, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow NAXOS 8.555814 [56.02] [TB]

At once romantic and intellectual, mystical and constructivist … see Full Review

Wilhelm Furtwängler 1944 -1954 Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1837) Overture ‘Leonora’ no.3 , op.72a (1806) recorded Vienna 1944 Symphony no.7 in A, op.92 (1813) recorded Berlin 1953 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony no.8 in B minor, "Unfinished"(1822) recorded Berlin 1952 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Overture "Manfred", op.115 (1848) recorded Berlin 1949 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, op.56a (1873) recorded Berlin 1950 Symphony no.2 in D (1877) recorded Vienna 1945 Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony no.8 in C minor (1887) Vienna 1944 Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) "Don Juan", op.20 (1888) Berlin 1947 Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony no.6 in B minor "Pathétique", op.74 (1893) recorded Cairo April 1951 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (1943) recorded September 1947 César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony in D minor (1888) recorded Vienna 1945 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Rapsodie espagnole (1907) recorded Walheim 1951 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)"The Mastersingers" - Prelude to Act 1 (1867) recorded Berlin 1949 "Tannhäuser" – Overture (1845) recorded Rome 1951 "Tristan and Isolde" – Prelude and Isolde’s Love-Death (1859) recorded Berlin 1954 "Twilight of the Gods" – Siegfried’s Funeral March (1874) recorded Berlin 1949 "Parsifal" – Good Friday Spell (1882) recorded Alexandria 1951 Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic/Wilhelm Furtwängler Recorded at various venues between June 1944 and April 1954 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON Original Masters 474 030-2 [78:35+72:18+77:00+67:09+77:58+61:38] [GPJ]

Inexorable power and passion … darkly impressive … a treasure-trove … see Full Review

 

 


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