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Friday June 21st
von EINEM (1918-1996) Der Prozess - ORF
Vienna Radio SO/HK Gruber rec. 2018 CAPRICCIO C5358
[45:34 + 57:59] [DC] Effectively captures the darkness and
labyrinthine world of ‘The Trial’.
GADE (1817-1890) Erlkönigs Tochter, Fünf
Gesänge – Sophie Junker (soprano) Ivonne Fuchs (alto) Johannes
Weisser (baritone) Danish Ntl Vocal Ens, Concerto Copenhagen/Lars
Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2017/18 DACAPO 8.226035
[55:48] [GF] Worth the purchase even if you have another version.
HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Symphonies - Vienna CO/Ernst
Märzendorfer rec. 1967-71 SCRIBENDUM SC818 [33
CDs] [SG] This pioneering venture will be a source of
great joy for Haydn devotees.
MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 Bernd
Alois ZIMMERMANN (1918-1970) Trumpet Concerto - Håkan
Hardenberger (trumpet) Lucy Crowe (soprano) Ekaterina Gubanova
(mezzo) Vienna PO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2018 C MAJOR
749004 Blu-ray [110:00] [JQ] A quite compelling
performance of the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.
PETTERSSON (1911-1980) Violin Concerto No. 2, Symphony
No.17 - Ulf Wallin (violin) Norrköping SO/Christian Lindberg rec.
2017/18 BIS BIS-2290 SACD [61:06] [SSi] An
excellent addition to the catalogue of Pettersson’s recorded
cembalo transalpino Sophie Yates (harpsichord)
rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN0819 [65:16] [GH] An
unusual and cleverly planned recital.
Tales Works by Vaughan Williams, Bridge, Bax,
Moeran, Elgar & Delius - Gerald Peregrine (cello) Antony Ingham
(piano) rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.574035 [54:26] [JF]
Committed performances, succinct liner notes and the splendid
sound quality make for a thoroughly enjoyable album.
Classics from King’s College Cambridge Stephen
Cleobury (organ) rec. 1993 ALTO ALC1401 [74:00]
[MR] A re-issue of once popular favourites played with impeccable
taste and elegance.
Thursday June 20th
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations
- Trio Zimmermann rec. 2017/18 BIS RECORDS BIS-2347 SACD
[73:30] [DC] My new reference for this work on anything other
than a keyboard.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto, Double Concerto
- Tianwa Yang (violin), Gabriel Schwabe (cello), Deutsches SO
Berlin/Antoni Wit rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573772 [72:25]
[LW] There is much to enjoy in these Brahms concerto performances.
CROSSE (b. 1937) On the Shoreline - Lawson
Trio, Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth rec. 2017/18
PRIMA FACIE PFCD098 [78:34] [JF] A
CD to relish: every work is full of interest and is performed
with care, commitment and enthusiasm.
HENRIQUES (1867-1940) Piano Music
- Thomas Trondhjem (piano) rec. 2018 DANACORD DACOCD840
[79:43] [JF] Charming, but always interesting, little pieces.
SOLER (1729-1783) Vocal works in Latin - Andrés
Cea Galán (organ), La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recasens
rec. 2017 LAUDA LAU018 [76:26] [JV] This
intriguing disc sheds light on a neglected part of the oeuvre
of Antonio Soler.
Rapture Works by Higdon, Barber & Harlin
- Rochester PO/Ward Stare rec. 2018 AZICA RECORDS 71327
[51:54] [RC] A quite worthwhile disc for those interested
in Barber and contemporary American music.
Giacomo Guelfi (baritone) Arias & Duets - rec.
1954–68 MYTO MCD00156 [79:32] [RMo]
A poorly documented selection which nevertheless displays his
breadth and versatility.
Tale of Two Violas Peter Mallinson (viola),
Matthias Wiesner (viola), Evgenia Startseva (piano), Anneke Hodnett
(harp), Michael Atkinson (cello), Nicholas Bayley (double bass)
rec. 2018 MERIDIAN CDE84652 [71:30] [JW]
A disc both to enlighten and to entertain.
Wednesday June 19th
BARTÓK (1881-1945) The Wooden Prince,
The Miraculous Mandarin suite - Helsinki PO/Susanna Mälkki
rec. 2017/18 BIS BIS-2328 SACD [73:07] [EJW]
Virtuoso orchestral playing, superbly recorded.
FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
(1844-1908) Russian Easter festival overture
- Bavarian RSOKyrill Kondrashin rec. 1980 BR KLASSIK 900704
[51:49] [RMay] While the Rimsky misfires, the Franck is a
HARBACH (b. 1946) Symphony No. 11, Hypocrisy
– London PO/David Angus rec. 2017 MSR CLASSICS MS1646
[77:37] [EJW] A greater contrast in volume and intensity,
as well as a sense of organic growth, would have made for a better
KLEIBERG (b. 1958) Do You Believe in Heather?
- Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo soprano), Ole Christian
Haagenrud (piano), Annika Nordstrøm (flute), Jan Petter Hilstad
(viola), Ruth Potter (harp), Ida Kateraas (clarinet) rec. 2018
2L RECORDS 2L-152-SACD [69:51] [DC] Luminous
LISZT (1811-1886) Prelude and Fugue on BACH Max
REGER (1873-1916) Fantasy and Fugue,
Easy Chorale Preludes, Chorale Fantasies - Franz Hauk (organ)
SELBY SAOM005 [74:41] [JW] Chalk this up
as another decided success in Selby’s Organ Masters series.
Alberto RISTORI (1692-1753) Missa, Litaniae de Sancto
Xaverio, Miserere - Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle/Matthias
Jung rec. 2017 CPO 555 200-2 [64:09] [JV] A
splendid disc which every lover of choral music will enjoy.
VOLANS (b. 1949) violin:piano; Etude 9 (Bells for
Mary); viola:piano - Waldo Alexander (violin & viola), Jill
Richards (piano) rec. 2014 ERGODOS ER20 [75:25]
[DC] Intriguing – abstract, but deeply communicative.
Lang (piano) Piano Book rec.
2018 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 7441 [72:32] [GF]
An utterly attractive recital.
Tuesday June 18th
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Piano Quintet Anthony
PAYNE (b. 1936) Piano Quartet York BOWEN (1884-1961)
Phantasy Quintet - Ronald Woodley (clarinet), Primrose
Piano Qt rec. 2015 MERIDIAN CDE84640 [73:31]
[SG] A captivating performance of a popular score, complemented
by three enticing rarities.
KÁLMÁN (1882-1953) Die Faschingsfee - Camille
Schnoor (soprano), Daniel Prohaska (tenor), Ch & O des Staats
theaters am Gärtnerplatz/Michael Brandstätter rec. 2017
CPO 555 147-2 [76:43] [GF] Basically
for those who saw the performances and want a souvenir.
RAVEL (1875-1937), Claude
DEBUSSY (1862-1918) & Germaine TAILLEFERRE
(1892-1983) String Quartets - Stenhammar Quartet
rec. 2016/17 ALBA ABCD431 SACD
[61:10] [JF] Thoroughly engaging and satisfying.
SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Lemminkäinen Suite, Belshazzar's
Feast Suite - BBC SO/Sakari Oramo rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN20136
[71:34] [DM] Seductively sonorous Sibelius, brimming with
colour and character; very impressive recording, too.
WALKER (b.1953) Turning Towards You
- John Turner (recorder) Leon Bosch (double bass) Emma McGrath
(violin) Min-Jung Kym (piano), Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth
rec. 1999/2018 DIVINE ART DDA25180
[75:16] [JF] All works are enjoyable, approachable and interesting.
Wind Quintet and Friends rec. 2017/18 DUX
1566 [43:50] [GPJ] Imaginative and intensely
musical playing of (mostly) unfamiliar but impressive repertoire.
Norwegica Caroline Eidsten Dahl (recorder) Ensemble
Freithoff rec. 2017 LAWO CLASSICA LWC1165 [69:38]
[DC] Life-enhancing performances of obscure music.
Works by CPE Bach & Mozart - Shani Diluka
(piano, fortepiano), Paris CO/Ben Glassberg rec. 2018 MIRARE
MIR434 [74:00] [DC] An unusual but richly rewarding
Monday June 17th
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Overture in the French
Style, French Suite No. 1, Sinfonias - Diana Boyle (piano) rec.
2018 DIVINE ART DDA25190 [36:53 + 47:35] [JF]
There is a coolness about her interpretation that allows the
music to speak without hindrance of any sort.
FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem Francis POULENC
(1899-1963) Figure humaine Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Trois Chansons - Ens Aedes, Les Siècles/Mathieu Romano
rec. 2018 APARTÉ AP201 [59:21] [MR] An outstanding
and unusual performance of the Fauré Requiem which probably gets
closer to the spirit of the work than any other currently available.
FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano works - Michael Korstick
(piano) rec. 2013/17 CPO 555242-2 [69:39] [SB]
Superb playing of Cortot’s intriguing transcription
of Franck’s violin sonata for solo piano together with Franck’s
two major piano works.
HOWELLS (1892-1983) An English Mass; Cello Concerto -
Guy Johnston (cello), Stephen Cleobury (organ), Britten Sinfonia,
King’s College Ch/Stephen Cleobury, Ben Parry, Christopher
Seaman rec. 2018/19 KING’S COLLEGE KGS0032 SACD [48:58
+ 54:39] [BW] My first choice for Howells’ An English
Mass and the Cello Concerto; it should boost appreciation of Howells’
MAHLER (1860-1911) Titan - Les Siècles/François-Xavier
Roth rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905299 [57:04]
[JQ] Ear-opening Mahler from François-Xavier Roth
and Les Siècles.
SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Complete Piano Trios - Horszowski
Trio rec. 2017 AVIE RECORDS AV2405
[57:30 + 45:33] [DC] Can hold its own in distinguished company.
Gitlis (violin) The Early Years - Birth of a
Legend rec. 1949-63 RHINE CLASSICS RH-011
[77:45 + 73:58] [SG] A highly individual player, some would
term a maverick, noted for his bold interpretive choices.
for Saint Katherine of Alexandria Binchois Consort/Andrew
Kirkman rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68274 [66:17] [GH]
Another winner for the Binchois Consort.
D’Oyly Carte by Paul Seeley pub. 2018
ROUTLEDGE [RJW] Seeley’s easy style
provides a ‘good read’ and uncovers fascinating detail.