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A Daring Game 12 thematic variations on Domenico Scarlatti. A film by Francesco Leprino CONCERTO DVD 2021 [98:00] [JW]

This is certainly a strange one.

An Anthology of Finnish Piano Music on Finn Concert Records Five volumes Jouni Somero (piano) Full contents listed at end of review FINNCONCERT FCRCD9711 [73:07 + 15:35] FCRCD9713 [75:12] FCRCD9717 [76:07] FCRCD9718 [78:10] FCRCD9722 [65:33] [RB]

A generous and adventurous cross-section of Finnish piano music in elite versions and healthy open recordings.

An Anthology of Finnish Piano Music - Volume 3 Selim PALMGREN, Ernst LINKO, Ilmari HANNIKAINEN Jouni Somero (piano) rec. 2006. DDD FINNCONCERT FCRCD 9717 [76:07] [Byz]

A freshness of spirit and absence of regret or pessimism. A pleasant hour's worth of unpretentious listening.

An Anthology of Finnish Piano Music - Volume 5 Väinö RAITIO, Helvi LEIVISKÄ, Tauno PYLKKÄNEN, Nils-Eric FOUGSTEDT, Ernst PINGOUD, Einari MARVIA, Yrjö KILPINEN Jouni Somero (piano) rec. 2008. DDD FC-RECORDS FCRCD 9722 [65:33] [Byz]

A certain sombre quality pervades the programme.

Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge Simon Callow (narrator) RTÉ Concert Orch/Royal Ballet Sinf/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2008-2011 NAXOS 8.572744 [79:20] [Byz]

A good stocking-filler or cockle-warmer.

Claudio Arrau: The Emperor - A film by Peter Rosen - includes complete performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto 5 University of Chile SO/Victor Tevah EUROARTS 2058648 [85:00] [JW]

Arrau’s return to Chile will be of particular interest to admirers.

Azerbaijani Piano Concertos Farhad Badalbeyli, Murad Adigezalzade (piano) Joan Rodgers (soprano) Royal PO/Dmitry Yablonsky rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572666 [68:52] [RB]

This disc makes an attractive companion to Naxos's other two Azerbaijani discs.

British 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) Concertino Rebecca Hall (flute); John McDonough (oboe); Jose Garcia Gutierrez (horn) Malta PO/Michael Laus rec. 2011, CAMEO CLASSICS CC9032CD [68.14] [RB]

Quite a showpiece to set alongside the Strauss First Horn Concerto

Butterfly Bass Instinct rec. 2009 ZAPP MUSIC ZM0019 [63.40] [RH]

By turns serious, humorous and attractively melodic. Do try it.

Chamber Vespers - Miniature Masterpieces of the Italian Baroque The Gonzaga Band rec. 2010 CHANDOS CHAN 0782 [62:16] [JV]

The music is exciting enough, but the performances are too restrained.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Grand Organ of Canterbury Cathedral John Robinson (organ) rec. 2010 PRIORY PRDVD6 [78:06] [ST]

Will give tremendous pleasure to any discerning music-lover. 

La Capricieuse Michaela Paetsch Neftel (violin) Wieslaw Pipczynski (accordion) rec. 2009 TUDOR 7168 [74:34] [JW]

A bit of a hit and miss disc.

On Christmas Night Ch St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHSA5096 [74:22] [MC]

If I wanted a single disc of Christmas-themed music in my collection I would be happy with this release.

Christmas Goes Baroque A Musical Tour of Switzerland, Germany & Belgium Slovak State Phil/Peter Breiner rec. 1989 NAXOS 2.110546 [54:28] [Byz]

Inoffensive family-friendly viewing, more than can be said of most Christmas TV nowadays. 

Alfred Deller The Complete Vanguard Recordings: French and Italian Discoveries Deller Consort/Alfred Deller rec. 1950s-1960s? MUSICAL CONCEPTS MC 197 [6 CDs: 311:07]

Of great value as an historical document. Sheds light on the manner and style of performance when musicological research was still in its infancy.

Dancing The jazz fever of Wolpe, Burian, Martinů, Seiber & Milhaud Ebony Band/Werner Herbers rec. 2001-11 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS 30611 [61:25] [DC]

Top band, top programme, top disc.

Destination Paris Works by Martinů, Françaix & Enescu Lendvai String Trio rec. 2009 STONE RECORDS 5060192780079 [55:50] [JW]

I’d like this group to luxuriate just a bit less and to dig in that bit more.

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Echoes Classic Works Transformed Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.559679 [53:35] [BR]

If 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.

Fantasies For Bassoon Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) Philip Edward Fisher (piano) rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN10703 [66:45] [CR]

Geoghegan’s work demonstrates the capabilities of the instrument in a way which is constantly convincing.

Flute music by female composers Elisabeth Weinzierl (flute) Eva Schieferstein (piano) Philipp von Morgen (cello) rec. 2010 THOROFON CTH2577 [68:11] [JW]

This distaff survey offers an unusually wide-ranging repertoire, extremely well played and well recorded. 

Georgian 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 rec. 2010 OEHMS CLASSICS OC 784 [65:27] [RB]

The captivating winner is the Zinzadse - but the other two impress for their heroically furious impetuosity.

The Golden Age of Light Music - A Return Trip To The Library rec. 1946-60 GUILD GLCD5183 [77:28] [JW]

All these mono tracks sound good.

The Golden Age of Light Music Christmas Celebration rec. 1958/9 GUILD GLCD5185 [77:57] [JW]

This early Festive offering offers plenty of good cheer and it’s never too early to slip something nice into your stocking.

The Golden Age of Light Music – The Lost Transcriptions Volume 3 David Rose and his orchestra rec. 1942-52 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5184 [77:58] [JW]

Variety, panache, breadth of repertoire and rare discs.

Great British Sopranos REGIS RRC1374 [79:44] [JS]

A fascinating, well filled and well chosen anthology.

Hallé - English Classics Hallé O/Mark Elder, John Wilson rec. 2002-2010, HALLÉ CDHLD7532 [4 CDs: 62:47 + 71:40 + 74:30 + 69:12] [RB]

This sheaf of English music anthologies is satisfying.

Historia de Compassione Mariae Amarcord rec. 2009/10 CPO 777 604-2 [57:57] [JV]

Indispensable for those who have a special interest in liturgical music.

Konoye - 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] [JW]

Purchase with confidence, in both interpretative and transfer senses.


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