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Tuesday August 28th

207 reviews completed so far this month.

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Arias and Barcarolles Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) The school for scandal David DIAMOND (1915-2005) Elegy in memory of Maurice Ravel Jane Bunnell (mezzo) Dale Duesing (baritone) Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 1990/91 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS [DM] Worth hearing for the Barber and Diamond; the Bernstein is eminently forgettable. 

Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Doktor Faust, Arlecchino, Comedy Overture, Berceuse Élégiaque, Rondo Arlecchinesco London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1949-62 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES [JS] Should appeal to all Busoni enthusiasts.

Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Pagliacci Sherrill Milnes, Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Tatiana Troyanos, Metropolitan Op O & Ch/James Levine rec. 1978 SONY CLASSICAL [GF] With a well-nigh perfect Pagliacci and a slightly flawed Cavalleria rusticana this is a good buy. 

Giuseppe Saverio MERCADANTE (1795-1870) Don Chisciotte Ugo Guagliardo, Domenico Colaianni, San Pietro a Majella Ch, Naples; Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno/Antonio Fogliano rec. 2007 NAXOS [RMo] Will not pass as much more than a mild curiosity.

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Armida Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt, William Matteuzzi, I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone rec. 1991 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [RH] Highly desirable … contains some fine things. 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Four last songs, Das was sehr gut, Mandryka, Morgen mittag um elf Anne Schwanewilms, Gürzenich O Köln/Markus Stenz rec. 2011 ORFEO [JQ] Some lovely Strauss singing but the account of Vier letzte Lieder fails to challenge the best.

La Bella Minuta - Florid songs for cornetto around 1600 Bruce Dickey (cornett) Claudia Pasetto, Leonardo Bartolotto Alberto Rasi (viola da gamba) Maria Christina Cleary (harp) Liuwe Tamminga (organ) rec. 2011 PASSACAILLE  [JV] This disc impressively documents the art of the cornett and the brilliance of the cornettists of the time around 1600.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Filia Sion Gregorian chant & works by Perotinus, de Grudencz & von Bingen Vox Clamantis/Jaan-Eik Tulve rec. 2010 ECM NEW SERIES [DC] Truly magical. 

The Great Russian Pianists
- The Original Piano Roll Recordings rec. 1908-1933 DAL SEGNO [SA]
If you like being ‘gobsmacked’ by music and performances then this is the disc to do it. 

Julius Klengel - A Celebration Raphael Wallfisch, Sebastian Comberti, Sarah Butcher, Ben Chappell, Joely Koos (cello) Martin Ennis (organ) rec. 2009-11 CELLO CLASSICS [JW] Klengel was one of the most important figures in the history of the cello. 

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