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Friday September 9th

Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) The Seven Stars’ Symphony, Vers la voûte étoilée - Basel Symphony Orchestra/Ariane Matiakh rec. 2021 CAPRICCIO C5449 [56] [JW] Koechlin’s vibrant cinematic salute is complemented by a beautiful nocturne.

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) Complete Piano Music Vol. 1 - Thomas Ang (piano) rec. 2022 Private release [51] [DMD] An irresistible album at a bargain price from an up-and-coming pianist.

Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946) The Seasons & other piano works - Reinis Zariņš (piano) rec. 2021 ONDINE ODE1361-2 [80] [SB] Fine versions of Vasks’ major piano works.

Kettle of Fish Musical Memoirs of a Maverick Composer by Anthony Gilbert publ. 2021 Self-published [MMB] Notable musical tale of an original creative artist and music luminary.

Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor) The Orchestral Edition rec. 1927-62 ELOQUENCE 484 1824 [18 CDs: 857] [RMo] The “other” – orchestral - side to Kna’s art comprehensively presented here.

Uncommon Voices Natasha Stojanovska (piano) rec. 2020 NAVONA RECORDS NV6440 [70] [SA] Music worthy of further study and exposure - more please!

Thursday September 8th

Peter Drew Symphony No. 1 - Zagreb Symphony Orchestra/Ivan Josip Skender rec. 2022 NAVONA RECORDS NV6441 [31] [SA] Moments of grandeur do the composer’s influences good service.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Dietrich Henschel (baritone), Bochumer Symphoniker/Steven Sloane rec. 2017 AVANTICLASSIC AVA10522 [2 CDs: 85] [SB] All Mahler’s Wunderhorn songs in orchestral versions, sensitively sung.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) String Quartets Vol. 5 - Armida Quartett rec. 2019/2020 AVI MUSIC 8553496 [2 CDs: 126] [DF] The enthralling cycle continues.

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variations on a theme of Corelli, Preludes - Tamás Vásáry, Lazar Berman (piano) London Symphony Orchestra/Yuri Ahronovitch rec. 1977 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 457 906-2 [69] [RB] If you missed this first time round, now’s your chance to redress the omission and reward your ears and heart.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Symphony No.5 - Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1958 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFER HDTT13575 [44] [RMo] A grand, cohesive account contrasting interestingly with Bernstein’s contemporary recording

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Symphonies 6 & 9, The Wasps Overture - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1957-64 SOMM ARIADNE 5016 [73] [JQ] An important contribution to the celebrations of RVW’s 150th anniversary.

British Wind Quintets Works by Bowen, Spain-Dunk, Jenkins, Holst, Jacob, and McEwen - Camarilla Ensemble rec. 2021 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7398 SACD [72] [JW] A sequence of previously unrecorded works offers charm and colour.

Wednesday September 7th

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) Complete Symphonies, Legends & Slavonic Dances - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ José Serebrier rec. 2011–2014 WARNER CLASSICS 9029623881 [7 CDs: 515] [RMo] Dull, drab, dutiful Dvořák, devoid of lilt and lift.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 25 - Anne-Marie McDermott (piano) Odense Symfoniorkester/Sebastian Lang-Lessing rec. 2020 BRIDGE 9562 [66] [MG] A stimulating freshness, directness and clarity of focus from pianist, orchestra and conductor.

Richard Strauss (1864–1949) Symphonia Domestica, Horn Concerto - Myron Bloom (French horn), Cleveland Orchestra/ George Szell rec. 1961–64 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFERS HDTT13828 [57] [RMo] An established classic of remarkable virtuosity newly revitalized.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Falstaff - Nicola Alaimo (bass-baritone) Alice Ford, Aylin Pérez (soprano) Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2021 DYNAMIC 57951 Blu-ray [143] [MP] A consistently entertaining Falstaff takes the lead among videos of Verdi’s great comedy.

Siegfried Wagner (1869–1930) An Allem Ist Hütchen Schuld! - Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra/David Robert Coleman rec. 2019 MARCO POLO 8225378-80 [3 CDs: 161] [GF] An interesting work but the performance is too undistinguished to be given a general recommendation.

Adolf Busch (violin)/Rudolf Serkin (piano) At the Library of Congress rec. 1944–48 PRISTINE AUDIO PACM114 [68] [JW] Three first ever releases feature in the Busch-Serkin duo’s Library of Congress recordings.

Legendary Polish Pianists Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Henryk Sztompka, Marian Filar, Regina Smendzianka (piano) rec. 1949-59 MELOCLASSIC MC1063 [65+59] [RCh] Quality playing from these little-known pianists.

Tuesday September 6th

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) War Requiem Sir Arthur Bliss (1891–1975) Morning Heroes - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Simon Rattle rec. 1974 WARNER CLASSICS 5059092 [2 CDs: 143] [JQ] These scores, here in excellent performances, express profound sentiments and complement each other well.

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) Symphony No 4 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1952 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC666 [66] [RMo] A splendid revitalization of a thrilling performance caught on the wing.

Richard Strauss (1864–1949) Symphonia domestica - Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ Fritz Reiner rec. 1956 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFER HDTT9925 [44] [RMo] I am newly struck by the sheer virtuosity of the Chicago players.

Musical Art Quartet Complete Columbia Recordings rec. 1927-28 BIDDULPH 85017-2 [73] [JW] The stylish refinement and elegance of a great quartet, led by the unforgettable Sasha Jacobsen.

Poèmes Irène Duval (violin), Pierre-Yves Hodique (piano) rec. 2015 MIRARE MIR312 [73] [OL] Two young French musicians present a Romantic collection for violin and piano which is too dry for such ambrosial material.

Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Complete Decca Recordings rec. 1950-74 ELOQUENCE 484 2150 [20 CDs: 1240] [SG] Will greatly appeal to aficionados of great violin playing by an artist of commanding stature.

Secret Love Letters Works by Chausson, Debussy, Franck & Szymanowski - Lisa Batiashvili (violin) Giorgi Gigashvili (piano) Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (piano) rec. 2022 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4860462 [71] [DMD] Warning: this electrifying music making may put your ears at risk of combustion!

Monday September 5th

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets - Women's Voices of the Roger Wagner Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1956 Reviewed as download HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFER HDTT8874 [46] [RMo] A grand and classic recording given new impact.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphony No 7 - Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Kirill Petrenko rec. live 2018 BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER RECORDINGS BSOREC0001 [73] [LD] A dazzling, but chilly Song of the Night.

Dora Pejačević (1885-1923) Piano Concerto, Symphony - Peter Donohoe (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo rec. 2021 CHANDOS CHSA5299 SACD [71] [SB] The work of this Croatian composer is well worth exploring.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphonies No 8 and 9 - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig /Herbert Blomstedt rec. 2021 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 3045 [2 CDs: 88] [JQ] Masterly and highly distinguished Schubert performances.

Budapest Quartet Introuvables rec. 1934-1938 PRISTINE AUDIO PACM113 [2 CD: 153] [JW] Rare examples from the Budapest Quartet’s recorded legacy brought to life in vivid restorations.

Anthony Collins (conductor) Complete Decca Recordings - London Symphony Orchestra rec. 1945-1956 ELOQUENCE 484 1467 [14 CDs: 889] [PCG] This comprehensive collection is inevitably something of a mixed bag.

Ossy Renardy (violin) The Complete Remington Recordings - Eugene Helmer, Eugene List (piano) rec. 1953 BIDDULPH 85016-2 [2 CDs: 108] [SG] Performances with many revelatory moments.