OF THE MONTH
Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989)
Mass for Five Voices, Judica me Michael BERKELEY (b. 1948) Touch Light
- Marian Consort/Rory McCleery; Berkeley Ens/David Wordsworth
rec. 2016 DELPHIAN DCD34180 [60:59] [JQ] Admirers of Lennox Berkeley’s music should put this disc at the top of their shopping list.
R. Nathaniel DETT (1882-1943)
The Ordering of Moses -
May Festival Ch, Cincinnati SO/James Conlon
rec. 2014 BRIDGE RECORDS 9462 [48:32] [RB] One of the finest American choral-orchestral works I know steps out of the dust.
FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano Quintet
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
String Quartet - Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Takács Qt rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68061 [62:25]
[SG] Highly charged and passionate performances.
The Takács Quartet goes from strength to strength.
KOEHNE (b. 1956) Forty Reasons
to be Cheerful, The Persistence of Memory,
Divertissement, Between Two Worlds,
Time is a River - Tasmanian SO/Richard
Mills rec. 2004-14 ABC CLASSICS 4811480
[73:12] [DJB] Beautifully crafted, engaging,
stylish and moving.
LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Zazŕ - Ermonela Jaho,
Riccardo Massi, BBC SO & Singers/Maurizio
Benini rec. 2015 OPERA RARA ORC55 [72:02 + 63:59] [MC]
Opera Rara has made an inspired choice with Leoncavallo’s
Zazŕ which I hope will lead to a number of fully staged revivals.
Schubertiade - Anima Eterna Brugge/Jos
van Immerseel (piano/director) rec. 2014 ALPHA
216 [4 CDs: 261:38] [JFL] In one
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphonies 5, 8 & 9, Hamlet Suite - Boston SO/Andris Nelsons
rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 5201 [157:35] [JQ]
A highly distinguished Shostakovich set from Andris Nelsons.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphonies
2 & 8 - Royal Liverpool PO/Andrew Manze
rec. 2015 ONYX 4155 [76.28]
[MC] With Andrew Manze conducting the RLPO
the legacy of performing Vaughan Williams is
in reliable hands on the evidence of this outstanding
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
The Complete Works
Perfect for the recent opera enthusiast, whilst avid Verdi enthusiasts have the opportunity to add a diversity of performances to their collection at a modest cost, many with the benefit of Decca’s superb recording qualities.
- Johannette Zomer (soprano) Tulipa Consort
rec. 2015 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS38216
[71:40] [MR] An outstanding début disc from
a singer-led ensemble.
Organ at Duke University Chapel Christopher Jacobson
(organ) Amalgam Brass Ensemble rec. 2015 PENTATONE PTC5186577
SACD [65:56] [DM] A fabulous instrument, superbly played
and recorded; an absolute must for organ fans.
Rex et imperator - Schola Gregoriana Pragensis/David Eben
rec. 2015 SUPRAPHON SU4193-2 [69:13] [JV] A highly fascinating musical document of the Bohemian Golden Age of the 14th
Youri Egorov (piano) Autumn Songs
rec. 1974-87 ET'CETERA KTC1520 [123:39] [SG] A selection of broadcasts from the archives of Amsterdam Radio, showcasing the artistry and versatility of a great pianist.
Hans ABRAHAMSEN (b. 1952) Works for Wind Quintet
rec. 2014/15 DACAPO 8.226090 [51:18]
Abrahamsen’s early works for wind quintet in fine accounts by Ensemble MidtVest.
(1803-1856) Giselle - Tasmanian SO/Nicolette Fraillon
rec. 2013/15 ABC CLASSICS 481 1710 [2 CDs: 49:02 +
63:09] [RMay] A distinctive and well-played account
that’s well worth consideration.
AKIMENKO (1876-1945) Works for violin and piano - Tatiana
Chulochnikova (violin) Anastasia Dedik (piano) rec. 2015 TOCCATA
CLASSICS TOCC0352 [64:41] [RB] Dazzlingly polished …
poetically gifted … in the school of Glazunov.
d’ALBERT (1864-1932) String
Quartets 1 & 2 - Reinhold Qt rec. 2015 CPO
555 012-2 [65:33] [SG] The Reinhold
Quartett’s confident and imaginative playing
certainly wins me over.
d’ALBERT (1864-1932) String
Quartets - Reinhold Qt rec. 2015 CPO
555 012-2 [65:33] [BSt] Enjoyable
performances, but not really superior to rival
Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Overtures Vol. 1 -
Cannes O/Wolfgang Dörner rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573553 [63:54] [RMay]
Based on what is presented here, Auber's overtures don't seem to
have been individually distinctive.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St John Passion - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs rec. 2015 HARMONIA
MUNDI HMC802236/37 SACD [106:12] [BW] A very fine performance but not one to shake my top recommendations.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue,
Italian Concerto -
Jean-Léon Cohen (piano)
rec. 2016 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR36C [59:22] [SG] An attractive recital, and a fitting memorial to Pierre Froment.
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Variations - Marie Rosa Günter (piano)
rec. 2015 GENUIN GEN16435 [77:17]
[DJB] Some good moments, but these Goldbergs
don’t entirely satisfy.
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Suites, Christ lag in Todesbanden, Ciaccona - Ismo Eskelinen (guitar)
rec. 2012 ALBA ABCD354 SACD
[61:56] [OL] Has a mystery appeal.
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Clavierübung Part III - James Johnstone
(organ) rec. 2012 METRONOME METCD1094
[2 CDs: 107:26] [MR] Much intelligent stylistic
thought is evident here, but doesn’t solve
the problems of presenting the Clavierübung
Sir Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946)
Omar Khayyám, Sappho, Fifine at the Fair,
The Pierrot of the Minute -
Sarah Walker (contralto) Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Johanna Peters (contralto)
BBC Singers; BBC SO,
BBC Scottish SO/Norman Del Mar rec. 1968/79
LYRITA ITTER BROADCAST COLLECTION REAM2128 [4 CDs: 257:17]
[PCG] When I wish to listen to Omar I will turn to Del Mar for preference.
(1881-1945) Complete Works for Piano Solo Vol. 3 - Andreas
Bach (piano) rec. 2009/10 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC16020
[70:31] [SSi] Andreas Bach might not be as strong as in the previous
two volumes, this is still turning out to be a really useful set of
the complete solo piano music.
BARTÓK (1881-1945) Orchestral works
- London SO, Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti rec.
1963-1993 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4806872 [70:22
+ 68:27] [GPJ] Performances of tireless
energy, imagination and sheer excitement.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Coriolan, Piano Concerto 4, Symphonies 3 & 7 -
Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Vienna PO/Hans Knappertsbusch rec. 1954/62 ORFEO C901162B [72:39 + 66:33] [RMo] If you can tolerate the poor recorded sound and the audiences’ coughing, there are epic performances to be heard here.
BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique Jean
SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto - Steven Staryk (violin)
London SO/Antal Doráti rec. 1960 ANTAL DORÁTI LIVE ADL203
[80:00] [JW] This usefully fills some discographic gaps.
Franz BERWALD (1796-1868) String Quartet
Johan WIKMANSON (1753-1800) String Quartet 2 -
Chilingirian String Qt
rec. 1975 CRD 3361 [53:29] [SSi] A greatly enjoyable disc, one which extends the knowledge of the string quartet and gives us first class performances.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonatas
- Paul Makanowitzky (violin) Noël Lee (piano)
rec. 1957/58 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR195
[61:45] [SG] A Brahms cycle of unshowy virtuosity
and compelling vision.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) &
Max REGER (1873-1916) Clarinet
Quintets - Sharon Kam (clarinet) Isabelle van
Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathé (violins) Volker
Jacobsen (viola) Gustav Rivinius (cello) rec.
2014/15 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300643BC
[74:48] [BR] An excellent, and surprisingly
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony
4 Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony 1 Karol SZYMANOWSKI
(1882-1937) Symphony 4 - Jan Ekier (piano) Warsaw PO/Witold Rowicki rec. 1967 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDS CD15/2016 [71:46] [SV] Recommended as a document of the orchestra and the conductor, and specifically for the Szymanowski.
Walter BRAUNFELS (1882-1954) Orchestral Songs Vol.
Valentina Farcas (soprano) Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor) Michael Volle (baritone)
Staatskapelle Weimar/Hansjörg Albrecht
rec. 2015 OEHMS CLASSICS OC1846 [68:08] [RB]
Braunfels' late-romantic orchestral lieder with a substantial set of orchestral variations.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
'Study' Symphony - Philharmonie Festiva/Gerd Schaller rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH15004 [43.23] [RMo] More intriguing than memorable, especially for the Bruckner completist.
Fritz BRUN (1878-1959)
GUILD GMCD7411 [67:09] [RB] Pictorial contemplative but with a commanding infusion of lively, gritty drama. A good place to start your exploration.
Fritz BRUN (1878-1959)
Cello Concerto, Choral works, Lieder -
Claudius Herrmann (cello), Bratislava
SO & Ch/Adriano
GUILD GMCD7420 [54:23]
Fritz BRUN Symphony 8
Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957)
Drei Lieder -
Bernadett Fodor (mezzo)
GUILD GMCD7421 [72:46] [RB] The triumphant close of the Brun-Adriano-Guild series.
BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) Orchestral Works - James Rutherford
(baritone) BBC Ntl O of Wales/Kriss Russman rec. 2015 BIS
BIS-2195 SACD [75:32] [JF] A fascinating addition
to the catalogue of recorded music by George Butterworth.
CASABLANCAS (b.1956) Piano Trios
- B3: Brouwer Trio rec.
2012-14 NAXOS 8.573375 [62:09]
[GPu] A very rewarding disc of chamber music
by a composer whose musical identity is almost
as much Eastern European as it is Spanish
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Alessandro Deljavan (piano)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95207 [70:23] [BR] Strikingly individual interpretation, but that is not necessarily a compliment.
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Preludes, Ballades & Impromptus -
Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (piano)
rec. 2011/15 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95210 [2 CDs: 95:55] [BR] An extremely well-played, if short, program by one of the Brilliant label’s best pianists.
Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990)
Quiet City, Symphony 3, Appalachian Spring - Boston SO/Serge Koussevitzky
rec. 1945/46 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC458
[73:09] [JW] This valuable restoration succeeds
in establishing an early interpretative benchmark
for the Third Symphony.
Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Village Romeo and Juliet - John Wakefield (tenor) Elsie Morison (soprano)
Sadler’s Wells Ch & O/Meredith Davies rec. 1962 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO132 [66.49 + 52.11] [PCG] A real sense of magic in this performance which is most attractive.
Cardinal DESTOUCHES (1672-1749)/Michel-Richard
de LALANDE (1657-1726) Les Eléments
- Élodie Fonnard, Eugénie Lefebvre (sopranos)
Étienne Bazola (baritone) Ens Les Surprises/Louis-Noël
Bestion de Camboulas rec. 2015 AMBRONAY
AMY046 [75:47] [JV] Good performance
but the inconsistencies are a serious flaw.
von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Orchestral
Works - James Ehnes (violin) Howard
Shelley (piano) Clifford Lantaff (harp) BBC
PO/Matthias Bamert rec. 1995-2004 CHANDOS
CHAN10906(5)X [5 CDs: 336:26] [RB]
An economy set presenting attractive and
for the most part rarely heard music with performance,
recording and documentation value uncompromised.
José Luis DOMÍNGUEZ (b. 1971)
Legend of Joaquín Murieta -
Santiago PO/José Luis Domínguez
rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573515-16 [95:39] [MW] A must for anyone who enjoys the great film-scores.
Piano Trios 3 & 4 - Busch Trio rec. 2015 ALPHA
238 [76:38] [CSe] Fine
performances, somewhat let down by the recording
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius, Severn Suite
- Robert Tear (tenor) Alfreda Hodgson (contralto)
Benjamin Luxon (baritone) Scottish Ntl O &
Ch/Sir Alexander Gibson, London Collegiate
Brass/James Stobart CRD 33267
[54:31 + 54:39] [JQ] A Gerontius
that doesn’t challenge the leading recommendations
though the singing of Alfreda Hodgson is special.
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Piano Quintet, Sea Pictures - Rodolfus Ch,
English SO & CO/Kenneth Woods
rec. 2013/15 AVIE AV2362 [60:00] [GPJ] Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Piano Quintet is an exciting addition to the Elgar canon.
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto
(1732-1809) Concerto for violin & piano - Igor Oistrakh (violin) Natalia
Zertsalova (keyboard) Moscow State Philharmonic SO/Valentin Zhuk rec.
1984/85 MELODIYA MELCD1002384 [68:00] [SG] Idiomatic Elgar and high-spirited Haydn.
Violin Sonatas 1 & 2, Impressions
d'enfance - Stefan Tarara (violin)
Lora Vakova-Tarara (piano) rec. 2016 ARS
PRODUKTION ARS38212 SACD [64:30] [SG]
The Tararas, who I would wish to hear more
from in the future, have done these works proud.
ENESCU (1881–1955) Symphonie
concertante, Symphony 1 - Truls Mřrk (cello)
Tampere PO/Hannu Lintu rec. 2013-2014 ONDINE
ODE11982 [53:00] [RB] Very
good indeed and a better than serviceable Enescu
ERKİN (1906-1972) Symphony 2, Violin Concerto, Köçekçe
- James Buswell (violin) Istanbul State SO/Theodore Kuchar rec.
2014 NAXOS 8.572831 [67:59] [MW] Strong rhythms and enjoyable music, well-performed.
Caspar Ferdinand FISCHER (1656-1746)
Works for keyboard - Elisabeth Joyé (harpsichord,
organ) rec. 2014-2015 ENCELADE ECL1402
[66:44] [JV] A perfect introduction to the
keyboard works of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer.
(b. 1926) Wuthering Heights - Georgia Jarman (soprano)
Kelly Markgraf (baritone), Milwaukee SO/Joseph Mechavich rec. 2015 REFERENCE
RECORDINGS FR-721 SACD [69:51 + 69:52] [RB] A princely
production. Everything is fluently treated; nothing is in the least
Friedrich Theodor FRÖHLICH (1803–1836) String Quartets -
Beethoven Qt rec. 2015 MUSIQUES SUISSES MGB-6285
[BW] An attractive alternative to the 2-CD CPO set: either is well worth getting to know.
GÁL (1890-1987) Piano Concerto
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Concerto 22 - Sarah Beth Briggs (piano/conductor)
Royal Northern Sinf/Kenneth Woods/Bradley Creswick
rec. 2016 AVIE AV2358 [68:51]
[BSt] Top class playing in both Gal and
GLASS (b. 1937) Glassworlds Vol. 4: The Hours, Notes on a Scandal,
Music in Fifths - Nicolas Horvath
(piano) rec. 2014 GRAND PIANO GP692
[61:10] [DJB] If you like the lyrical side
of Philip Glass, this should appeal.
Émile GOUÉ (1904-1946)
Symphony 2, Ballade on a poem by Emily Brontë - Paris RSO/Tony Aubin; Quatuors Vocal & Krettly/Louis de Froment
rec. 1949/58 AZUR CLASSICAL AZC135 [45:23] [SG]
Captivating scores by an unsung composer who deserves to be better
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Coronation Anthems,
Esther Choruses -
Festspiel O Göttingen/Laurence Cummings
rec. 2012/14 ACCENT ACC26405 [55:17] [DHu] Live Handel from Göttingen, at his most resplendent and life-affirming.
HARRISON (b. 1965) The Rosegarden of Light -
ANIM Junior Ens of Traditional Instruments, Kevin Bishop (viola)
Ens Zohra rec. 2015/16 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0342 [51:26]
Solos and Duos for Strings and Piano - Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandilovski (violin)
Diana Mathews (viola) Roderick Chadwick (piano) rec. 2014 TOCCATA
CLASSICS TOCC0304 [72:15] [RB] A valuable pair of discs
challengingly introducing this composer to a wider audience.
Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Complete
Solo Cantatas Vol. 1 - Hof-Musici rec. 2015 TOCCATA
CLASSICS TOCC0228 [68:22] [JV] This
disc sheds light on a lesser-known part of Hasse’s
oeuvre, which deserves our attention.
HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello Concertos
- Pavel Gomziakov (cello) Gulbenkian O rec.
2015 ONYX CLASSICS 4151 [59:55]
[DJB] Lovers of the cello have to hear this
most glorious sounding instrument.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) & Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Cello Concertos Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Horn Concerto (arr. cello)
- Valentin Radutiu (cello) Munich CO/Stephan Frucht rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC16038 [68:38] [DJB] Undoubtedly a talented soloist, but this doesn’t show him to advantage.
HELLSTENIUS (b.1963) Like Objects
in a Dark Room, In Memoriam Řrjan
MATRE (b.1979) Violin Concerto, preSage
- Peter Herresthal (violin) Stavanger SO/Rolf
Gupta rec. 2014/15 BIS BIS-2152 SACD
[74:20] [RB] Pointillist and testing rather
than long-limbed and neo-romantic.
HIGDON (b. 1962) Cold Mountain - Santa Fe Opera O/Miguel
Harth- Bedoya rec. 2015 PENTATONE PTC5186583 SACD [73:10
+ 72:30] [SSi] This is a work which marks Jennifer Higdon out as
opera composer of some note. Well worth investigating.
of Bingen (1098 -1179)
O Eterne Deus
- Karen R. Clark (director/contralto) Shira
Kammen (vielle/ medieval harp) Vajra Voices
rec. 2015 MUSIC & ARTS CD1291
[MW] [50.22] Belongs with the very best Hildegard
HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Der Dämon,
Kammermusik 1 & 2, Herodiade - Florian
Henschel (piano) Gisela Zach-Westphal (recitation)
Ens Varianti/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau rec. 1995
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC16014 [54:57
+ 36:56] [SSi] A must for all Hindemith fans.
A wonderful recording of a thrilling live concert.
York HÖLLER (b. 1944)
Works for String Quartet - Minguet Qt
rec. 2011 NEOS 11518 [70:12] [SG] An interesting discovery. Worth investigating.
Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983)
Choral and Organ Music Vols 1 & 2 -
Ch New College, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom,
David Burchell (organ)
CRD 3454/5 [67:29 & 66:30] [SSi] These two discs offer the listener a wonderful Howells collection performed by the best collegiate choir in the country. A must for all lovers of the great English choral tradition.
HOWELLS (1892-1983) Cello Concerto,
2 Pieces for Small Orchestra Ronald
CORP (b. 1951) Cello Concerto - Alice
Neary (cello) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Ronald Corp
rec. 2014 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7317
[72:29] [JQ] Self-recommending to all Howells
enthusiasts with Ronald Corp’s concerto
as a most welcome bonus.
HUBER (1852-1921) Symphonies 1-8 - Stuttgart PO/Jörg-Peter Weigle rec. 2001/02
STERLING CDS5000-2 [5 CDs:
335:55] [RB] No monuments to heaven-searing
conflict or vertiginous tragedy. Huber's
symphonies attest to a beaming smiling muse.
HUMMEL (1778-1837) & Franz BERWALD (1796-1868)
Septets - Nash Ens CRD 3344 [54:20] [SSi] Excellent
performances, let down by thin string sound.
JACKSON (b. 1962) To the field
of stars - Nonsuch Singers/Tom Bullard rec. 2014
CONVIVIUM CR032 [64:46] [JQ]
A distinguished debut disc including richly
imagined music by Gabriel Jackson.
JACKSON (b. 1962) Vox
Clara - Joel Garthwaite (saxophone)
Luke Bond (organ) Truro Cathedral Ch/Christopher
Gray rec. 2015 REGENT REGCD479
[75:16] [JQ] More imaginatively crafted choral
music by Gabriel Jackson in excellent performances.
JOHNSTON (b. 1926) String Quartets
- Kepler Qt rec. 2002-16 NEW WORLD RECORDS
806372/806932/807302 [60:46 & 51:06 &
66:43] [RB] This music is clearly
part of the Kepler's being and courtesy
of these discs can be part of ours.
(b. 1960) Dances with Bears - Mary Dullea, Dominic
Saunders (piano) Caroline Balding (violin) Rowland Sutherland (flute)
Andrew Sparling (clarinet) Lontano/Odaline de la Martinez rec. 2011/12
LORELT LNT138 [71:58] [RB] Brilliance and wit that
is bound to impress but emotionally constrained.
Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) & Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (b. 1928) Flute Concertos - Sharon Bezaly (flute) Sao Paulo SO/Enrique Diemecke; Lahti SO/Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2010/14 BIS BIS-1849 [79:10] [BBu] The Khachaturian is more engaging than the two versions of Rautavaara’s ‘Dance of the Winds’.
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747-1818) Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 6 - Kemp English (fortepiano)
rec. 2012 GRAND PIANO GP647 [54:22] [PRB] This musical snapshot of Koželuch’s ongoing development in terms of his piano sonatas would again grace any collection.
(1759-1831) Flute Quartets - Andreas Blau (flute) Christoph
Streuli (violin) Ulrich Knörzer (viola) David Riniker (cello) rec. 2014/15
TUDOR 7199 [74:26] [SV] Some good things here but
also some reservations about both the music and the performances.
(1893-1952) Songs - Jens Krogsgaard (tenor) Jan Ole Christiansen
(piano) rec. 2016 DANACORD DACOCD771 [57:50] [SSi]
Interesting. Fills a gap in the Langgaard catalogue. Krogsgaard’s
voice takes some getting used to, especially in the more challenging
Alexander L’ESTRANGE (b. 1974)
On Eagle’s Wings -
rec. 2015 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD454 [72:03] [ST] Definitely worth exploring.
Georg LICKL (1769-1843)
Oboe Quartets 1-3, Cassation, Trio - Lajos Lencés
(oboe) Natalie Chee (violin) Paul Pesthy (viola)
Ansgar Schneider (cello) rec. 2010-2015 TOCCATA
[77:07] [RK] World class performances of
wonderful music by a minor master.
(b. 1960) Piano Concerto 4, Nocturne, Poem
- Stefan Lindgren (piano) Christin Högnabba (soprano) Helsingborg SO/Andrew
Manze rec. 2014 NOSAG CD215 [58:45] [RB] Lindgren
must surely be pleased with what I take to be a faithful audio account
of three of his major works.
Traumgesicht, Marjatta, The Blue Pearl
- Soile Isokoski (soprano) Finnish Radio SO/Hannu
Lintu rec. 2015 ONDINE ODE1283-2
[56:50] [RB] Valuable and ear-prickling.
MENDELSON (1892-1943) Symphony
2, Quintet, Violin Sonata, Chamber Symphony
- Polish Ntl Radio SO/Jürgen Bruns rec. 2010-11
EDA 40 [67:16] [RB] It's
good that this pretty much unknown figure is
so well advocated here.
Claudio MERULO (1533-1604)
Modus Ens/Mauro Marchetti
rec. 2014/15 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95243 [45.51] [GH] Merulo's music not presented at its best. Very disappointing.
Ennio MORRICONE (b. 1928) Morricone
Conducts Morricone - Ch Bavarian
Radio, Munich Radio O rec. 2004
EUROARTS DVD 2054698 [100:00]
[JW] A thoroughly enjoyable evening’s
MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Piano Concerto
Adolf SCHULZ-EVLER (1852-1905)
Russian Rhapsody - Ludmil Angelov (piano)
Rzeszow PO/Vladimir Kiradjiev rec. 2015 HYPERION
CDA68109 [65:04] [JWe] Will certainly
be played over and over again.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano
Concertos 9 & 19 - Clara Haskil (piano)
Stuttgart Radio SO/Carl Schuricht rec. 1952-1956
SWR MUSIC SWR19013CD [57:34]
[GPJ] Sublime Mozart performances from one
of the greatest twentieth century pianists.
(b. 1932) Symphonies 2 & 6 - Oslo Philharmonic/John Storgĺrds
rec. 2015 DACAPO 6.220645 SACD [54:21] [DM] Another
triumph for John Storgĺrds and the Oslo Phil; spectacular sound, too.
(b.1974) Chamber works - Debussy Qt, Dana Ciocarlie, Jonas
Vitaud (piano) Jean-Marc Fessard (clarinet) Fabrice Bihan (cello) Philippe
Bourlois (accordion) rec. 2014 DUX 1112 [75.29] [GH]
I really took to of Penard’s music.
(1911-1980) Symphony 13 - Norrköping SO/Christian Lindberg
rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2190 SACD [66:46] Symphonies
4 & 16 - Jörgen Pettersson (alto saxophone) Norrköping SO/Christian
Lindberg rec. 2013 BIS BIS-2110 SACD [65:13] [RB]
Invaluable and often challenging reminders of Pettersson's
monumental contribution to challenging yet rewarding twentieth century
POULENC (1899-1963) Le Bal
Masqué, Trio, Sextet - Thomas Allen (baritone)
Nash Ens rec. 1986 CRD 3437
[53:45] [MR] Performances which stand comparison
with anything that has emerged over the last
(1858-1924) La Fanciulla del West -
Renata Tebaldi (soprano) Ch
& O Accademia di Santa Cecilia/Franco Capuana
rec. 1958 ALTO ALC2028 [132.08] [PCG] Though it is not without its flaws, it is good that this economically priced transfer has now joined many other gems from the same period in the Alto catalogue.
PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cantatas
Philharmonia O & Ch, St Petersburg/Aleksander
Titov rec. 1997 CUGATE CLASSICS CGC006 [65:14]
[RB] All three Soviet cantatas here decently
documented and ardently performed and recorded.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Songs
Julia Sukmanova (soprano) Elena Sukmanova (piano)
rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC16024 [57:37] [TB]
Presentation lets down a thoughtfully compiled and sensitively performed recital.
RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 3, The Bells
- Van Cliburn (piano), Russian Republic Capella,
Symphony of the Air, Moscow Philharmonic O/Kirill Kondrashin
rec. 1956/62 PRAGA DIGITALS PRD350123 SACD [78:01]
[RB] Far from obvious: a thoughtful live Third Concerto and a heady
Soviet account of The Bells.
RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Bells, Spring,
Vocalise - Galina Pisarenko (soprano) Alexei Maslennikov (tenor)
Sergei Yakovenko (baritone) Yurlov Russian Ch, USSR SO/Evgeni Svetlanov
rec. 1973/84 ALTO ALC1314 [69:25] [JQ] Still a
compellingly attractive purchase.
RAMEAU (1683-1764) Complete
Works for Harpsichord - Trevor Pinnock
(harpsichord) CRD 35112 [148:51]
[SSi] A fine recording of the complete harpsichord
music of Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Orchestral Works Vol. 3 - O Ntl de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin
rec. 2012/13 NAXOS 8.573124 [60:58] [SB] A mixed bag overall, but the Schumann is a rarity and worth having.
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Orchestral works -
USSR State Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov
rec. 1975 MELODIYA MELCD1002338 [57:33] [RB] Historical significance but overall more for Svetlanov enthusiasts or Ravel completists.
ROSNER (1945-2013) Orchestral works - Peter Riegert (speaker)
Peter Vinograde (piano) London PO/David Amos rec. 2015 TOCCATA
CLASSICS TOCC0368 [76:10] [PRB] Charts the development
of Rosner’s unique musical language.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868)
Le Comte Ory - Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) Diana Damrau (soprano)
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Ch & O Metropolitan Opera NY/Maurizio Benini
rec. 2011 ERATO Blu-ray 2564 605450 [153:00] [MC]
Bart Sher and his outstanding cast bring Rossini’s fast moving comic opera to life.
- Ruggero Raimondi (bass), O & Ch Veneranda
Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano/Francesco Quattrocchi
rec. 2015 C MAJOR Blu-ray 735404
[100:50] [MC] This semi-staged performance
is nowhere near ideal but it contains
some wonderful music and the surroundings of
the Duomo are magnificent.
(1901-1986) The Complete Chamber Music and Songs with Harp - Tracey Chadwell (soprano) Danielle
Perrett (harp) Timothy Gill (cello) LYRITA SRCD.353
[67:23] [JW] I’m glad Lyrita has taken over this disc and
restored it with such care.
RUFINATSCHA (1812-1893) Symphony
3, Concert arias - Belinda Loukota
(soprano) Andreas Mattersberger (bass-baritone)
O Akademie St. Blasius/Karlheinz Siessl rec.
2012 MUSIKMUSEUM 21 CD13020
[78:49] [BSt] This emperor does not appear
to me to be wearing very much in the way of
Leo SAMAMA (b. 1951)
Chamber works -
rec. 2000-16 ETCETERA KTC1561 [148:37]
[DC] Rock-solid and echt: challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
(1866-1925) Piano Music Vol. 1 - Noriko Ogawa (piano) rec.
2015 BIS BIS-2215 SACD [78:02] [DM] At once piquant
and palate cleansing; Ogawa at her considerable best.
(1907-1974) Symphony 2 - Russian PO/Samuel
Friedmann rec. 2002 CASCADE MEDIA 05116 [46:00]
Symphony 3 - Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Elmar Lampson rec. 1999
COL LEGNO WWE1CD20078 [53:42] [RB] Two broadly
Brucknerian symphonies: unremittingly serious, head-bowed, self-possessed.
SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano
Sonata 19, Impromptus - Nikolai Lugansky
(piano) rec. 2015 AMBROISIE NAĎVE AM214
[73:26] [JL] Not to my taste, but will certainly
be liked by some.
- Florian Boesch (baritone) Malcolm Martineau
(piano) rec. 2015 ONYX 4149
[74:08] [RMo] I enjoyed much of this recital
despite some concerns.
SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Variations
- Olivier Chauzu (piano) rec. 2015 NAXOS
8.573540 [75:49] [JW] The pianism
is very good and well worth the cost of the
SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Chamber Symphonies -
re:orchestra/Roberto Beltrán-Zavala rec. 2014 BIS BIS-2227 SACD
[72:32] [JFL] Neat, lively and light.
(1906-1975) Symphonies 5 & 12 - Leningrad PO/Yevgeny Mravinsky
rec. 1962/65 PRAGA DIGITALS PRD/DSD 350122 [79:30]
[JQ] The special authority of Yevgeny Mravinsky in two Shostakovich
SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Finlandia,
Karelia Suite, Symphony
2 - Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons
rec. 2015 BR KLASSIK 900144
[70.18] [MC] Mariss Jansons demonstrates
his renowned prowess with the music of Sibelius
in this live recording from Munich.
SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Eugene Ormandy conducts Sibelius
- Dylana Jenson, Isaac Stern (violin) Mormon Tabernacle Ch, Philadelphia
O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1957/77 RCA RED SEAL 88875 108582
[8 CDs: 8:39:13] [RB] A great Sibelius conductor caught at his peak
and at other less impressive moments.
Louis SPOHR (1785-1859)
Octet - Nash Ensemble
CRD 3354 [56:20] [GPu]
Charming performances of two delightful chamber works which demonstrate that Spohr was very much more than the “academic pedant of the first rank” which Grieg called him.
Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano
Concerto 2, Dante Rhapsodies - Benjamin Frith
(Piano) BBC NOW/Andrew Gourlay rec. 2012 CHAMPS
HILL RECORDS CHRCD042 [73:35] [MR]
Benjamin Frith proves himself a powerful
advocate for the piano music of Stanford.
Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1869-1946)
Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880)
Fantaisie brillante - Bartłomiej Nizioł (violin) BBC Scottish SO/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68102 [55:54] [RB] A nice apportionment of showy dazzle, confidently ardent melody and staunch determination.
STRAUSS (1864-1949) Eine
Alpensinfonie - Gothenburg SO/Kent Nagano
rec. 2014 FARAO CLASSICS B108091
[51:03] [SG] On this evidence the omens look
good for Farao’s projected Strauss cycle.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Le Sacre du printemps, L'Oiseau de feu,
Maki Amerada (piano 4 hands)
Basel SO/Dennis Russell Davies (piano) rec.
SOLO MUSICA SOB06/10/11 [47.51 + 50.22 & 74.45 & 73.15] [MC]
Under Dennis Russell Davies, the excellent Sinfonieorchester Basel demonstrates its undoubted prowess in Stravinsky’s three Russian ballets.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Pulcinella Suite, Apollon Musagčte & Concerto in D -
Tapiola Sinf/Masaaki Suzuki
rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2211 SACD [64:55] Lausanne
rec. 2015 MDG 9401955-6 SACD [65:36]
[DHu] Not quite Tweedledum and Tweedledee, but identical Stravinsky programmes in good but not great performances.
Apolinary SZELUTO (1884-1966) Songs
Aleksandra Kamińska (mezzo)
Laura Sobolewska (piano)
rec. 2014 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0338 [42:27] [RB] Looks to be a fascinating entry but hobbled by short playing time and lack of translations.
TANEYEV (1856-1915) Piano Quintet,
Poems - Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo)
Olga Gollej (piano) Leipzig String Qt rec. 2015
MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM
3071917-2 [SB] The Piano Quintet
is a real discovery; the Seven Poems less satisfactory.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Complete Symphonies - State Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1967 MELODIYA MELCD1002157 [5 CDs:
314:41] [RB] Vivid, risk-taking music-making. Svetlanov in the 1960s is no perpetrator of Stepford Wives-style risk-averse Tchaikovsky.
TELEMANN (1681-1767) The
Grand Concertos for Mixed Instruments Vol. 3
- La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider rec.
2013/14 CPO 777 891-2 [63:09]
[MR] A very satisfying listening experience.
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Film Music
- RTÉ Concert O/Andrew Penny
rec. 1993 NAXOS FILM MUSIC CLASSICS 8.573658 [67:39] [RB] There are tangs and flavours you will not have heard before in Vaughan Williams.
Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Piano Quintet,
Cycle Spleens et Détresses -
Anaďk Morel (soprano)
Mūza Rubackytė (piano) Terpsycordes Qt
rec. 2014/15 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95367 [66.56] [MW] An outstanding performance of the Piano Quintet.
Anatol VIERU (1926-1998)
Symphony 6, Exodus & Memorial -
Romanian RSO/Horia Andreescu,
Romanian RCO/Ludovic Bács
rec. 1995-99 TROUBADISC TROCD01446 [76:20] [RB] Laced-tight reserve rather than emotional fluency.
(1678-1741) Concertos Op. 8, The Four Seasons - Simon
Standage (violin) English Concert/Trevor Pinnock rec. 1978 CRD
3325 [59:02] [SSi] An excellent recording that shows The
English Concert in development.
VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerti
e Sinfonie per archi e continuo - L'Archicembalo
rec. 2015 TACTUS TC672259 [65:26]
[JV] The polyphonic, theatrical and expressive
qualities of these pieces are brought to light.
‘La Cetra’ concertos -
Gianpiero Zanocco (violin), L'Arte
dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo (baroque
violin) rec. 2014
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95046 [53.24
+ 52.37] [MC] A fine recording, which bears
comparison with the best alternatives
Johan WAGENAAR (1862–1941)
Symphonic Poems Vol. 1
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie/Antony Hermus
CPO 777 479-2 [50:16] [RB] Worth hearing. Not everything here is admirable but there's enough to justify the outlay.
WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) I gioielli della Madonna
- Kyungho Kim (tenor) Natalia Ushakova (soprano) Slovak Radio SO/Friedrich Haider rec. 2015 NAXOS
8.660386-87 [48:14 + 74:37] [GF] Definitely worth the attention
of every lover of Italian opera. A true professional who could write
lovely melodies and who had the measure of this bloodcurdling drama.
YE (b. 1955) Symphony 3, The
Last Paradise - Cho-Liang Lin (violin)
Hila Plitmann (soprano) Royal PO/José Serebrier
rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2083 [54.13]
[MW] Music of extraordinary beauty and real
distinction, played with conviction and intensity.
Neiges d'antan - Svetlin Roussev,
Amaury Coeytaux (violins) Royal PO Ličge/Jean-Jacques
Kantorow rec. 2015 MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE
MEW1681 [69:45] [HC] A splendid
sequel to Musique en Wallonie's earlier
(1688-1726) Complete Keyboard Music - Carlo Guandalino (organ)
Laura Farabollini (harpsichord) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS
95212 [76:10 + 72:20] [JV] Despite reservations about the
harpsichord suites this set as a whole is worth being taken into consideration
by lovers of baroque keyboard music.
Lily Afshar (guitar) Musica
da Camera - Works by Paganini, Piazzolla & Uspensky ARCHER RECORDS
ARR-31957 [50:17] [OL] A great showcase for the artistry
of the guitarist, but the CD as a whole doesn’t stand up well
to repeated listening.
aire se serena Music from
the Courts and Cathedrals of 16th-Century Spain
- Seldom Sene rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS
95304 [67:52] [JV] A disc to treasure.
Me Vocal works by Respighi,
Eben, Stravinsky, Part & Bodorova - Eva
Garajová (mezzo soprano) Zemlinsky Qt rec.
2015 ARCO DIVA UP0184-2 131
[70:09] [JW] This recital offers attractive
and sympathetic performances, with some reservations.
Lamenti & Cantatas by Valente, Provenzale, Strozzi &
Falconieri - Echo du Danube/Christian Zincke
rec. 2013 CPO 777 834-2 [60:26]
[JV] An interesting disc with little known
repertoire but the vocal items require more
Anthology of American Piano Music Vol. 1
Works by Reinagle, Macdowell,
Griffes & Siegmeister - Cecile Licad (piano)
rec. 2015 DANACORD DACOCD774
[71:04] [JF] An exciting new release that
promises to expand into a collection of American
Martha Argerich & Friends Live from Lugano
rec. 2015 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 628549 [3 CDs: 218:37] [RK] The best pieces are really outstanding, with many performances to treasure.
Alison Balsom (trumpet) Légende
(piano) rec. 2015/16 WARNER CLASSICS
9029 598772 [61.18] The
Sound of Alison Balsom rec. 2002-12
WARNER CLASSICS 0191622 [77.02] [MC]
Balsom's first release with piano, and a
collection from earlier recordings.
Marie Conduits et chansons de l’Ars Antiqua
- Anonymous 4 rec. 2001 HARMONIA MUNDI HMG507312 [66:40]
[GPu] A disc of beautiful a capella singing from a group, now disbanded,
who rightly won many admirers.
Works by Brescianello, Handel, Kats-Chernin,
Telemann & Vivaldi -
Australian Brandenburg O & Ch/Paul Dyer (harpsichord, chamber organ)
ABC CLASSICS 4811929 [67:53] [DJB] Celebration of a significant milestone for a marvellous group.
British - Now!
Works by Britten, Berkeley, Bryars & Nyman -
Dogma CO/Mikhail Gurewitsch
rec. 2015 MDG 912 1944-6 SACD [48:52] [SSi] An excellent survey of British music for string orchestra both well known and new, with for me, the Berkeley being the stand-out piece.
COLORS Works by
Vitali, Janáček, Prokofiev, Beethoven & Debussy - Jessica Lee (violin)
Reiko Uchida (piano)
rec. 2015 AZICA RECORDS ACD-71305 [72:19] [DHu] If “comparisons are odious”, this delectable recital should prove the point.
Works by Fasch, Telemann, Heinichen, Vivaldi & Graupner -
Irish Baroque O/Monica Huggett
rec. 2015 LINN RECORDS CKD526 [73:41] [JV] The performances are as good as one would wish.
Greek East & Latin West Cappella Romana/Alexander
Lingas rec. 2015 CAPPELLA ROMANA CR416-CD [64:46] [JV]
Anyone interested in early liturgical music should investigate this
in Daylight Fidelio Trio rec. 2015 MÉTIER MSV28556 [52:15] [JW]
Sympathetic performances, well recorded.
Syncopations Royal Ballet O/Philip Gammon (piano)
CRD 3329 [44.32] [PCG] This
disc is valuable for letting us hear some of
the ragtime music of Joplin’s contemporaries
most of which remains almost totally unknown.
Elizabethan Pavans Oleg Timofeyev (lute)
rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95236 [66.18] [GH]
For modest financial outlay this will give pleasure at any time.
Harpsichord Music rec. 2005-15
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95250 [29 CDs] [SSi]
On the whole an excellent introduction to
the French harpsichord school. Gives great insight
into the development of the instrument and its
performance in the seventeenth and eighteenth
Great Violins Vol. 2: ‘Niccolň Amati’
1647 - Peter Sheppard Skćrved
(violin) Roderick Chadwick (piano) rec. 2015
ATHENE ATH23205 [63:16] [JF]
Enthusiasts of historical violins will be
eagerly awaiting succeeding volumes of this
most worthy and enjoyable project.
Hush Collection Vol. 14 Live In Concert rec.
2014 HUSH MUSIC FOUNDATION HUSH014
[79:55] [BMC] A wonderful collection of
selections from past Hush releases.
from King’s Ch King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2015
KING'S COLLEGE KGS0014 [70:15]
[ST] The performances here are self-recommending.
for oboe & piano Luciano Franca (oboe) Filippo Pantieri
(pianoforte storico) rec. 2012 TACTUS TC850002 [69:16]
[PRB] If you like the sound of a finely-played oboe, music that
is both easy on the ear as well as unfamiliar in the main, then there
is much to enjoy here.
(soprano) Love - La Magnifica Comunitŕ/Enrico Casazza
(violin/director) rec. April 2015 SONY
88875 111382 [65:25] [JW] Kermes
is Kermes and always worth hearing.
John Kitchen (organ)
Gaudeamus Igitur rec. 2015 DELPHIAN DCD34163 [72:00] [JF] A recital of the high standard one expects from John Kitchen, a CD to savour and enjoy.
Klemperer in Philadelphia
Vols 1 & 2: Works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms,
Mozart & Schumann - Philadelphia O rec. 1962
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC465/7 [4 CDs 281:37] [RWM] A rare chance to hear Klemperer and a great American orchestra in superbly restored sound.
Sergei Krasavin (bassoon) Works by
Mozart, Saint-Saëns & Vivaldi
- I. Loyevsky, A. Nasedkin (piano) USSR State
SO & Soloists/Yuri Temirkanov rec. 1981/85 MELODIYA MELCD1002355
[59:35] [GPJ] Very fine bassoon playing, though the Vivaldi concertos
are marred by massive string tone.
Germaine Lubin (soprano) Complete Recordings
rec. 1927-38 MARSTON 52070-2 [142:33] [JW] One of the
foremost, if not the foremost French Wagnerians of her time.
Germaine Lubin (soprano)
The Complete Recordings rec. 1927/38 MARSTON 52070-2 [74:44 + 67:49] [SG] I can see why many regard Lubin as the greatest French dramatic soprano of the twentieth century.
Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre
XV: Ŕ Nos Morts Ignorés
Marc Mauillon (baritone) Anne Le Bozec (piano)
HORTUS 715 [76:26] [JQ] An enterprising programme but the singing is far too one-dimensional.
Now Comes Beauty English Music Festival
BBC Concert O/Gavin Sutherland
rec. 2014/16 EM RECORDS EMR CD037–38 [115:05] [RB] A depth of focus that extends beyond revivals to the vigorous creative life of today's composers.
sur Terre Works by Caplet, Boulanger, Debussy & Chaminade
- Nicky Spence (tenor) Malcolm Martineau (piano)
rec. 2015 CHANDOS CHAN10893
[64:44] [ST] Well worth exploring.
Pedrotti in Prague Jan Panenka
(piano) Czech PO/Antonio Pedrotti rec. 1951-1971
SUPRAPHON ARCHIV SU4199-2 [3 CDs:
231:35] [RB] A fascinating historical
retrieval from deep in the Supraphon vaults.
Music for Cello & Orchestra
Works by Braga Santos Costa, Freitas Branco &
Lopes-Graça - Bruno Borralhinho (cello), Gulbenkian
Neves rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573461
[65:09] [JF] A thought-provoking CD of unfamiliar
Leonard Rose (cello)
Treasures rec. 1961-73
DOREMI DHR8038-39 [75:36
+ 79:07] [SG] These compelling performances
provide valuable additions to the cellist’s
from the Netherlands Elisabeth von Magnus (soprano)
Jacob Bogaart (piano) Quirine Viersen (cello)
rec. 2004/7 NEDERLANDS MUZIEK INSTITUUT NMICD1201 [65:22]
[JW] Rare examples of songs by Dutch composers, attractively presented.
WH Squire (cello) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1894)
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Piano Trio -
Haydn P Draper (clarinet), Arthur Catterall (violin),
Hamilton Harty, William Murdoch (piano)
PRISTINE AUDIO PACM101 [77:24] [JW] These restorations have done Squire proud.
Leopold Stokowski (conductor) Twentieth
Century Americana - Tommy Dorsey (trombone) James Abato (saxophone) New York City SO,
Radio Italiana O Turin, Hollywood Bowl SO
rec. 1945/55 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD2424 [64:57] [RB]
Two unusual concertos and a Symphonette, the latter and the Shilkret
having a popular emphasis. More evidence of Stokowski's catholic
tastes in presenting premieres.
Strings Attached Clarinet works by Brahms & Schumann -
Arno Piters (clarinet) rec. 2012 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72572 SACD [59:08] [OL]
Arrangements which provide beautiful alternatives to the originals.
(mezzo soprano) Complete Edition Vol. 5
rec. 1928-30 MARSTON 51010-2
[70:07] [JW] Exciting news for Supervia completists
who will have almost given up hope of these
Art of Svetlanov USSR State SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1962-85
SCRIBENDUM SC501 [20 CDs: 24
hrs] [RB] Svetlanov-philes and Tchaikovskians
will find this collection irresistible. It shows
the conductor active in both accustomed and
Tolmachev (bassoon) Works by Jolivet, Vivaldi
& Weber - Mariinsky Theatre O/Ivan Stolbov rec.
2013/14 MELODIYA MELCD1002413 [64:32] [GPJ] Not
the best recorded sound; but Tolmachev’s playing of the great
Jolivet Concerto is simply stunning.
Maya Beiser (cello) Andrew McKenna Lee (electric guitar) Morean from
Dark Fortress INNOVA 952 [65:42] [DC] A rich and
imaginative vein of ancient-meets-new.
Towards Verklärte Nacht
Gabriella Sborgi (mezzo-soprano) O Camera di Mantova Sextet/Alessandro Maria Carnelli
rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95288 [63:44] [RMo] I cannot recommend the performance of the main work
over established, classic recordings, but it remains a fascinating and
A Tribute To The Mighty Handful Russian Guitar Qt
rec. 2014 DELOS DE3518 [64:38] [RMay]
Entertaining takes on familiar and lesser-known music rearranged for the Russian guitar.
Works by Bach, Schenck & Telemann - Emmanuelle Guigues (viola da gamba)
rec. 2013 ENCELADE ECL1404
[62:29] [JV] Telemann and Schenk are beautifully
Walter (conductor) Standard Hour
by Wagner, Mozart, Haydn & Weber -
Brunetta Mazzolini (soprano) San Francisco SO/Bruno
Walter rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC469
[55:47] [JW] The relatively brief novelties
here will certainly be tempting to the tightly-focused
Nathaniel Gow's Dance
Band Fiddle music from Scottish printed sources
1761-1823 - Concerto Caledonia rec 2015 CONCERTO CALEDONIA CONCAL13 [52:27]
[JV] Even if you don't particularly like folk music there is a good chance that
you will enjoy this disc.
The Life and Works of Andrzej Panufnik
by Beata Bolesławska, translated by Richard J. Reisner,
Ashgate Publishing Company [JF] This book will help present a framework for enjoying and appreciating his compositions.
The Essential Colin Wilson
Read by the author
NIMBUS NI5124 [67.36] [PCG] Those of us who love musical adventure will also find it gratifying to have our pleasure given a philosophical justification.
Articles and Notices
Listening Room Report by
News 2016/8 by Brian Wilson
An interview with tenor Piotr Beczała by Michael Cookson
An interview with Gabriel Jackson by
Joubert opera to receive its first professional performance - A
preview by Rob Barnett
ASV returns: Hispanic steps - A survey by
Beulah: At the 2016 Proms by Brian Wilson
An interview with conductor Christopher Seaman by Geoffrey Newman
Mid-year update by Mike Herman