Superbudget £5.99 or less
Full price £11+
Daring Game 12 thematic variations on Domenico Scarlatti. A
film by Francesco Leprino
2021 [98:00] [JW]
is certainly a strange one.
Anthology of Finnish Piano Music on Finn Concert Records
Five volumes Jouni Somero (piano) Full contents listed at end of review
FCRCD9711 [73:07 + 15:35] FCRCD9713 [75:12] FCRCD9717
[76:07] FCRCD9718 [78:10] FCRCD9722 [65:33]
generous and adventurous cross-section of Finnish piano music in elite
versions and healthy open recordings.
Anthology of Finnish Piano Music - Volume 3
Selim PALMGREN, Ernst
LINKO, Ilmari HANNIKAINEN
Somero (piano) rec. 2006. DDD
FINNCONCERT FCRCD 9717 [76:07]
freshness of spirit and absence of regret or pessimism. A pleasant hour's
worth of unpretentious listening.
Anthology of Finnish Piano Music -
Volume 5 Väinö
RAITIO, Helvi LEIVISKÄ,
Tauno PYLKKÄNEN, Nils-Eric
FOUGSTEDT, Ernst PINGOUD,
Einari MARVIA, Yrjö
Jouni Somero (piano) rec. 2008. DDD
FC-RECORDS FCRCD 9722 [65:33]
certain sombre quality pervades the programme.
Night Before Christmas and
Simon Callow (narrator) RTÉ Concert Orch/Royal Ballet Sinf/Gavin Sutherland
NAXOS 8.572744 [79:20]
good stocking-filler or cockle-warmer.
Arrau: The Emperor - A film by Peter Rosen - includes complete
performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto 5
University of Chile SO/Victor Tevah
2058648 [85:00] [JW]
return to Chile will be of particular interest to admirers.
Farhad Badalbeyli, Murad Adigezalzade (piano) Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Royal PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2010
NAXOS 8.572666 [68:52]
disc makes an attractive companion to Naxos's other two Azerbaijani
Composers Premiere Collections - Volume 2 Maurice
BLOWER (1894-1982) Horn concerto, Eclogue Robin
MILFORD (1903-1959) Suite Frederick
KELLY (1881-1916) Serenade Walter
Gaze COOPER (1895-1981)
Rebecca Hall (flute); John McDonough (oboe); Jose Garcia Gutierrez (horn)
Malta PO/Michael Laus rec. 2011,
CAMEO CLASSICS CC9032CD [68.14] [RB]
a showpiece to set alongside the Strauss First Horn Concerto
Instinct rec. 2009
ZAPP MUSIC ZM0019 [63.40] [RH]
turns serious, humorous and attractively melodic. Do try it.
Vespers - Miniature Masterpieces of the Italian Baroque
Gonzaga Band rec. 2010
CHANDOS CHAN 0782 [62:16]
music is exciting enough, but the performances are too restrained.
OF THE MONTH The
Grand Organ of Canterbury Cathedral
Robinson (organ) rec. 2010
give tremendous pleasure to any discerning music-lover.
Michaela Paetsch Neftel (violin) Wieslaw Pipczynski (accordion) rec.
TUDOR 7168 [74:34] [JW]
bit of a hit and miss disc.
Ch St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2011
CHANDOS CHSA5096 [74:22]
I wanted a single disc of Christmas-themed music in my collection I
would be happy with this release.
Goes Baroque A
Musical Tour of Switzerland, Germany & Belgium
State Phil/Peter Breiner rec. 1989
family-friendly viewing, more than can be said of most Christmas TV
The Complete Vanguard Recordings: French and Italian Discoveries
Deller Consort/Alfred Deller rec. 1950s-1960s?
MUSICAL CONCEPTS MC 197 [6 CDs: 311:07]
great value as an historical document. Sheds light on the manner and
style of performance when musicological research was still in its infancy.
The jazz fever of Wolpe, Burian, Martinů, Seiber &
Ebony Band/Werner Herbers rec. 2001-11
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS 30611 [61:25] [DC]
band, top programme, top disc.
Paris Works by Martinů, Françaix & Enescu
String Trio rec. 2009
STONE RECORDS 5060192780079 [55:50] [JW]
like this group to luxuriate just a bit less and to dig in that bit
OF THE MONTH Echoes
Classic Works Transformed
Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2006
NAXOS 8.559679 [53:35] [BR]
there is a thesis to this album, it is that today’s composers are never
too far from their predecessors, and something great can come of the
marriage of old and new.
Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) Philip Edward Fisher (piano) rec. 2011
CHANDOS CHAN10703 [66:45]
work demonstrates the capabilities of the instrument in a way which
is constantly convincing.
music by female composers
Weinzierl (flute) Eva Schieferstein (piano) Philipp von Morgen (cello)
THOROFON CTH2577 [68:11]
distaff survey offers an unusually wide-ranging repertoire, extremely
well played and well recorded.
Miniatures for string orchestra Sulchan
NASSIDZE (1927-1996) Chamber Symphony 3 Joseph
BARDANASHVILI (b. 1948) Concerto quasi una Fantasia Sulchan
ZINZADSE (1925-1991) Miniatures
Alexander Korsantia (piano) Georgian Chamber O Ingolstadt/Ariel Zuckermann
OEHMS CLASSICS OC 784 [65:27]
captivating winner is the Zinzadse - but the other two impress for their
heroically furious impetuosity.
Golden Age of Light Music - A Return Trip
To The Library
GUILD GLCD5183 [77:28]
these mono tracks sound good.
Golden Age of Light Music Christmas Celebration rec.
GUILD GLCD5185 [77:57] [JW]
early Festive offering offers plenty of good cheer and it’s never too
early to slip something nice into your stocking.
Golden Age of Light Music – The Lost Transcriptions Volume 3
Rose and his orchestra rec. 1942-52
GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5184 [77:58]
panache, breadth of repertoire and rare discs.
REGIS RRC1374 [79:44]
fascinating, well filled and well chosen anthology.
- English Classics
O/Mark Elder, John Wilson rec. 2002-2010,
HALLÉ CDHLD7532 [4 CDs: 62:47 + 71:40 + 74:30 + 69:12]
sheaf of English music anthologies is satisfying.
de Compassione Mariae
Amarcord rec. 2009/10
CPO 777 604-2 [57:57]
for those who have a special interest in liturgical music.
- The Complete Berlin Philharmonic Recordings Wolfgang
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sinfonia Concertante Joseph
HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony 91 Modest
MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) A Night on the Bare Mountain
Berlin PO/Hidemare Konoye rec. 1937-38
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC288 [62:16]
with confidence, in both interpretative and transfer senses.
for alphabetical listings by composer:
1 New] [Part
2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part
7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended