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Friday December 1st
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Diabelli Variations Max
REGER (1873-1916) Telemann Variations - Paul Baumgartner,
Erik Then-Bergh (piano) rec. 1951/52 ELOQUENCE 482 5880
[76:49] [CC] These explorations/reminders of the byways of the
recorded history of the piano are just the ticket.
BERGER (b. 1930) Chamber works - Berger
Trio rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573406 [78:33] [RWe] This
excellently recorded Naxos disc brings a distinctive compositional
voice, and some very fine music, to the wider attention it deserves.
DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Lucia
di Lammermoor - Joan Sutherland (soprano) Richard Tucker
(tenor) Metropolitan Opera O & Ch/Silvio Varviso rec. 1961 PRISTINE
AUDIO PACO141 [55:44 + 59:53] [RMo] A special thrill
and atmosphere in hearing the youthful Sutherland live and in freshest
Maria FIORÈ (1660-1723) Complete Cello Sonatas - Elinor
Frey (cello) Suzie LeBlanc (soprano) Esteban La Rotta (theorbo)
Lorenzo Ghielmi (harpsichord) rec. 2016 PASSACAILLE
1026 [74:38] [JV] If you have a special liking
for the cello, do not hesitate to add this disc to your collection.
Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Complete ‘Amen, Alleluia’
Arias - Robert Crowe (soprano) Il Furioso rec. 2016 TOCCATA
CLASSICS TOCC0337 [57:46] [CRo] Handelians will naturally
wish to explore these unusual and rewarding compositions, but these
interpretations will give them a surprise.
IVES (1874-1954) Concord Sonata, Violin Sonata No.
4 - Joonas Ahonen (piano) Pekka Kuusisto (violin, viola) Sharon
Bezaly (flute) rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2249 SACD [58:51]
[RBe] This recording contains some first rate playing from both
performers and is highly recommended.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin
Sonatas Vol. 4 - Alina Ibragimova (violin) Cédric Tiberghein (piano)
rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68164 [54:19 + 64:58] [DC]
Living proof that there are as many ways to play great music
as there are great musicians.
VERDI (1813-1901) I Due Foscari - Plácido
Domingo (baritone) Francesco Meli (tenor) Anna Pirozzi (soprano)
rec. 2016 C MAJOR DVD 742008 [138 mins] [RJF]
Not perfect but the better of Domingo’s efforts in the title
Landscapes Michala Petri (recorder) Marilyn Mazur
(percussion) Daniel Murray (guitar) rec. 2016 OUR RECORDINGS
6.220618 [71:11] [GF] A happy journey in the
company of these performers.
Air Force - 100th Anniversary Royal Air Force
Bands - rec. 2005-2017 CHANDOS CHAN10973(2) [56:16
+ 64:50] [JW] A confident and suitably sensitive salute to the
Thursday November 30th
Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714 – 1788) Lieder - Mariví
Blasco (soprano) Yago Mahúgo (fortepiano) Impetus Madrid Baroque
Ens rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95462 [62:51]
[GF] Hopefully there will be a sequel one day that better lives
up to expectations.
OF THE MONTH Claude
DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Sonatas & Trio - Renaud Capuçon
(violin) Bertrand Chamayou (piano) Edgar Moreau (cello) Emmanuel
Pahud (flute) Gerard Caussé (viola) Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp)
rec. 2016-2017 ERATO 9029 773960 [65:37] [DJB]
A star-studded lineup results in an exceptional outcome.
DONIZETTI (1797-1848) La Favorite - Elīna
Garanča (mezzo) Matthew Polenzani (tenor) Ch & O Bavarian
State Opera/Karel Mark Chicon rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
DVD 073 5358 [157 mins] [RJF] This
singing cast would have been better served in a concert performance
than this travesty of production and set.
FRANCK (1822-1890) String Quartet Ernest CHAUSSON
(1855-1899) Chanson perpétuelle - Quatuor Zaïde, Karine
Deshayes (mezzo) Jonas Vitaud (piano) rec. 2017 NOMADMUSIC
NMM044 [49.55] [MC] A most desirable release with performances
of real merit that do full justice to both works.
OF THE MONTH Nicholas
LUDFORD (c.1485-1557) Missa Dominica - Lewis
Brito-Babapulle (organ) Trinity Boys’ Ch, Handbell Ch Gotha/David
Swinson rec. 2017 RONDEAU-HORIZON ROP8001 [79.21]
[GH] A really significant and important release.
PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No. 7, Love for
Three Oranges & Lieutenant Kijé Suites - São Paulo
SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573620 [55:42]
[LW] Alsop concludes her Prokofiev symphony cycle with a fine
Works by Phibbs, Tabakova & Kendall - Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)
rec. 2017 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6354 [63:36] [DC] An
intrepid and intriguing collection of new piano music.
Works by Catoire, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Boulanger,
Fauré & Ravel - Feodor Rudin (violin) Florian Noack (piano)
rec. 2017 ARS PRODUKTION SACD 38235 [74:38] [JW]
The programming makes sense with it and the performances are
poised and refreshing.
Rehfuss (baritone) The Decca Recitals - Hans
Willi Häusslein, Frank Martin (piano) rec. 1953-55 ELOQUENCE
482 4607 [81:39] [GF] A product that should
be snapped up by all admirers of good singing.
A Recital of 17th Century Italian & English Songs
- Richard Wistreich (voice) Robin Jeffrey (lute & chitarrone)
Celia Harper (chamber organ) Erin Headly (lirone) rec. 1987 CLAUDIO
RECORDS DVD-A CR3710-6 [53:27] [DBi] An
unusual recital of 17th century songs extremely well sung and recorded.
Wednesday November 29th
BRAHMS (1833–1897) Cello Sonatas - Karine Georgian
(cello) Pavel Gililov (piano) rec. 1989/90 ALTO
ALC1352 [75:14] Maja Weber (cello) Per Lundberg
(piano) rec. 2016 SOLO MUSICA SM269 [53:51] [YJH]
The stellar musicianship and extended playtime presented in the
Alto disc by Gergian notwithstanding, it is the playing of Weber
and Lundberg that remains in my thoughts.
HUBEAU (1917-1992) & Gian Francesco MALIPIERO
(1882-1973) Violin Concertos - Henry Merckel (violin) O
Ntl de la Radiodiffusion Française/Henri Tomasi rec. 1953/55 FORGOTTEN
RECORDS FR1285 [41:48] [SG] Two concertos which deserve
OF THE MONTH Gustav
MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 - Genia Kühmeier
(soprano) Münchner Philharmoniker/Valery Gergiev rec. 2017
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS MPHL0005 [56.44] [MC]
Gergiev’s compelling live performance is entirely convincing
and can stand comparison with and may even surpass those I consider
the finest in the catalogue.
RIHM (b. 1952) Works for string quartet - Minguet Qt,
Jens Peter Maintz (cello) rec. 2015/16 WERGO WER73462
[47:04] [SSi] A wonderful performance by the Minguet Quartett,
which should hopefully bring the music of Wolfgang Rihm to a wider
OF THE MONTH Karol
SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) & Mieczysław
KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Violin Concertos - Tasmin Little
(violin) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHSA5185
SACD [73:18] [SB] This recording of Szymanowski’s
wonderful concertos could be a first choice.
RAVEL (1875-1837) Daphnis et Chloé, Une
barque sur l'océan, Pavane - WDR Ch Cologne,
Luxembourg PO/Gustavo Gimeno rec. 2017 PENTATONE SACD
PTC5186652 [72:58] [DBi] Fine performances
with a spacious but slightly veiled recording.
VIRTAPERKO (b. 1973) Romer's Gap,
Multikolor, Ambrosian Delights - Perttu Kivilaakso
(cello) Joonatan Rautiola (baritone saxophone) Jonte Knif (knifonium)
Jyväskylä Sinfonia/Ville Matvejeff rec. 2016 ONDINE ODE13052
[72:27] [RHa] Approachable and mostly well-wrought concertos
for exotic instruments from a maverick Finn with an agit-prop rock
past. Well worth a listen.
VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concertos Johann Sebastian
BACH (1685-1750) Preludes - Stefan Temmingh (recorder)
Capricornus Cons Basel rec. 2017 ACCENT ACC24332
[68:38] [DC] Genuine joy from start to finish.
Matthias Well (violin) Maria Well (cello) Zdravko Živković
(accordion) rec. 2017 GENUIN GEN17486
[54:04] [JW] A track listing that is almost defiantly whimsical.
the Moment Arabella String Qt rec. 2014 NAXOS
8.579013 [68:33] [GF] Even well-stocked quartet lovers
will probably find new acquaintances here.
Tuesday November 28th
de ALBERO (1722-1756) Recercata, fuga y sonata
- Alejandro Casal (harpsichord) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS
95187 [2 CDs: 108:55] [JV] The interpretation
of Alejandro Casal is hardly a good argument for these pieces.
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet No. 2, String
Quintet - Pavel Haas Qt, Boris Giltburg (piano) Pavel Nikl (viola)
rec. 2017 SUPRAPHON SU4195-2 [74.44]
[MC] The Pavel Haas Quartet continues its tradition of adding
excellently performed albums to its discography.
HARBERG (b.1973) Viola Concerto, Elegy Max
WOLPERT (b.1993) Viola Concerto No.1 - Brett Deubner
(viola) Southern Arizona SO/Linus Lerner rec. 2016 NAXOS
8.559840 [50:07] [SG] Attractive music, beautifully
LISZT (1811–1886) Metanoia
- Années de pèlerinage (excpts), Ballades Nos 1 & 2, Consolations
- Beatrice Berrut (piano) rec. 2016 APARTE AP137
[73:00] [JWe] Fine performances from a very talented young pianist.
SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Arias
& Overtures - Daniel Behle (tenor) L’Orfeo Barock O/Michi
Gaigg rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88985407212
[60:00] [GF] A valuable addition to any opera lover’s collection.
TYE (c.1505-1573) Complete
Consort Music - Phantasm rec. 2016 LINN RECORDS
CKD571 [67:00] [DC] Lovely sound, but do we
need a bit more grit in the oyster to make true pearls?
WEINBERG (1919-1996) Violin sonatas Nos 4 & 5,
Sonatina - Maria Sławek (violin) Piotr Różański (piano)
rec. 2014 CD ACCORD ACD217-2 [63:00] Katarzyna
BROCHOCKA (b.1982) Pas de basse, Suite, Double bass concerto,
Sonata Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Sonata
- Karol Kowal (double bass) Katarzyna Brochocka (piano) CD
ACCORD ACD218-2 [63:05] [SA] Both discs deserve not
only to be heard by all.
Horenstein: Early Recordings Works by Bach, Haydn
Mozart & Schubert - Berlin PO rec. 1929 PRISTINE AUDIO
PASC506 [69:02] [JW] It's good to have
Horenstein’s complete 78rpm legacy now neatly and well transferred.
Organs of St Thomas, Leipzig Ullrich Böhme (organ)
rec. 1992-2016 RONDEAU ROP6117 [70:57] [MR] I
very much like the energy and vitality of Bohme’s playing
Weill, Weimar & Exile Peter Coleman-Wright
(baritone) Nexas Qt, Benjamin Burton (piano) rec. 2017 ABC
CLASSICS 576 2204 [64:39] [JQ] A most interesting album.
Monday November 27th
COMPÈRE (c.1445-1518) Missa Galeazescha: Music
for the Duke of Milan - Odhecaton/Paolo da Col rec. 2005
ARCANA A436 [65.12][GH] Well performed and fascinating
music by little-known composers.
NORDRAAK (1842–1866) Songs & Piano Music
- Helene Wold (soprano) Eugene Asti (piano) rec. 2015 LAWO
LWC1119 [66:30] [GF] Everything here is worth hearing,
not least as a memento of a great talent who died very young.
RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 1 - Philharmonia
O/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2016 SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD484
[43:23] [NB] A performance that should have stayed in the concert
OF THE MONTH Antoine
REICHA (1770-1836) Reicha Rediscovered Vol. 1
- Ivan Ilić (piano) rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN10950
[66:47] [DC] You’ve never heard anything quite like this!
Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Complete Works Vol. 15:
Becker-Psalter - Dresdner Kammerchor/Hans-Christoph Dademann rec.
2016 CARUS 83.276 [73:15] [JV] Excellent performances
which continue the good work in this series.
SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 11 - BPO/Semyon Bychkov
- rec. 1987 PHILIPS/PRESTO 420 9352 [59:54] Stuttgart
RSO/Yakov Kreizberg rec. 1997 SWR CLASSICS SWR10224 [57:12]
[DM] Sibling rivalry, with a twist.
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Suites from The
Queen of Spades & Voyevoda - New Zealand SO/Peter
Breiner rec. 2012 NAXOS 8.573015 [66:22] [SV]
This can be warmly recommended despite some minor weaknesses.
WAGNER (1813-1883) Lohengrin - Piotr Beczala
(tenor) Georg Zeppenfeld (bass) Anna Netrebko (soprano) Staatskapelle
Dresden/Christian Thielemann rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOHON
0735319 DVD [2 DVDs: 215 mins] [PSt] Musically
speaking, there is not a weak link in this performance, and only
those completely allergic to traditional productions need hesitate.
WEITZ (1883-1970) & Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953)
Organ Works - Peter Van de Velde (organ) rec. 2014/15 AEOLUS
AE11091 SACD [81:32 + 78:12] [SG] A valuable addition
to the organ discography.
at the Royal Festival Hall Vols. 1 & 2 - Frederick
Riddle (viola) Royal PO rec. 1959 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC502/4
[58:42 & 70:43] [JW] Things look set fair for the final
volume in this series.
the Brahms Symphonies by Christopher Dyment publ.
2016 BOYDELL & BREWER [GD] A valuable addition
to the fascinating history of great conductors of the past.