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August 2018

RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Concertos, Sonatas and Toccatas - Konstantin Volostnov (organ) rec. 2016 MELODIYA MELCD1002523 [3 CDs: 184:07] [BW]  Volostnov’s enthusiastic performances on a replica of an organ from Bach’s time capture the spirit of the music as well as any.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 -  Philharmonia O & Ch/Benjamin Zander rec. 2017 BRATTLE MEDIA 610877733781 [3 CDs: 218:35] [GPJ] An ear-opening and often thoroughly startling interpretation of the Ninth.

Fromental HALÉVY (1799-1862) La Reine de Chypre - Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois, Flemish Radio Ch, Paris CO/Hervé Niquet rec. 2017 EDICIONES SINGULARES ES1032 [75:37 + 79:09] [SSi] Ediciones Singulares have once again rescued a work from obscurity and done it full justice with exceptional presentation and performances.

Eugčne REUCHSEL (1900-1988) La Vie Du Christ, Bouquet de France - Simon Niemiński (organ) rec. 2017 RESONUS RES10217 [74:10] [MR] Marvellous music, wonderful playing, superb recording.

The Lily and the Rose The Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68228 [72:57] [BW]  Well up to the high standard of the Binchois Consort’s earlier releases.

The Three Osokins in Latvian Piano Music Georgijs, Sergejs & Andrejs Osokins (piano) rec. 2017 SKANI LMIC060 [77:23] [SG] Latvia’s renowned musical family come together to celebrate their country’s centenary with a panorama of delights.

Vyacheslav ARTYOMOV (b. 1940) Symphony, Gurian Hymn, Concert of the 13 - Anton Batagov (piano) Moscow PO/Dmitri Kitayenko, USSR State Academic SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 1977-90 DIVINE ART DDA25171 [70:06] [RHa] Music that is by turns riotously colourful, knowingly confrontational and profoundly moving.

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Piano Concertos Vol. 4 - Michael Rische (piano) Kammersymphonie Leipzig rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC15046 [55:47] [SV] Some strange moments, but interesting.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suite No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 2 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Divertimento K205 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 6 - Bach O Leipzig Gewandhaus/Gerhard Bosse rec. 1966 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD8/2009 [73:44] [DBi] An intriguing old-1960s-style performance.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English & French Suites - Alexander Borovsky (piano) rec. 1952/53 PRISTINE AUDIO PAKM074 [3 CDs: 166:33] [SG] Bach playing of exceptional appeal, making its first appearance on CD.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Dialogue Cantatas - Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Michael Volle (bass); RIAS Kammerchor; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Raphael Alpermann rec. 2017 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902368 [64:26] Cantatas BWV170 and 35; Organ Works - Le Banquet Céleste/Damien Guillon (counter-tenor) rec. 2011 ALPHA 343 [72:39] [BW]  Make room on your creaking shelves or hard-driven hard drive for both these recordings.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Johannespassion - Camilla Nylund (soprano) Nicole Pieper (alto) Tilman Lichdi (tenor) Kammerchor & Ens Frauenkirche Dresden/Matthias Grünert rec. 2017 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300995BC [33.58 + 73.33] [MC] A fine live performance full of devotional intensity.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St. Mark Passion - Gutenberg-Kammerchor, Neumeyer Consort/Felix Koch rec. 2017 CHRISTOPHORUS CHR77423 [42:57 + 44:07] [RHa] A brave and interesting attempt to solve the mystery of Bach’s incomplete Passion.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Benvenuto Cellini - John Osborn (tenor) Maurizio Muraro (bass) Mariangela Sicilia (soprano) Dutch Ntl Opera Ch, Rotterdam PO/Mark Elder rec. 2015 NAXOS 2.110575-76 DVD [180 mins] [SB] An exuberant and mostly very satisfying production which should win new friends for this work.

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Broadway to Hollywood - Hannover Philharmonie/Iain Sutherland rec. 1993 SOMM ARIADNE 5002 [75:20] [NB] As a concert this would have made for an enjoyable evening, but it isn’t competitive as a library performance to return to repeatedly.

Anicius Manlius Severinus BOETHIUS (c.477-524) Songs of Consolation - Sequentia rec. 2017 GLOSSA GCD922518 [51:05] [GPu] A perfect example of how the collaboration between musicological scholarship and intelligent, experienced performers can produce exciting and revelatory results.

Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Prince Igor - Dušan Popović (bass), Valerija Heybal (soprano), Ch & O Belgrade National Opera/Oscar Danon rec. 1955 ELOQUENCE 482 6935 [3 CDs: 205:33] [RMo] This vintage stereo recording, complete and idiomatic, mostly stands up well against the competition.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) The Complete Songs Vol. 7 - Benjamin Appl (baritone) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2015 HYPERION CDJ33127 [77:42] [WH] A varied selection indispensable to Brahms devotees.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No.1 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Egmont Overture Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Dances of Galánta - Hungarian State SO/János Ferencsik rec. 1966 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT CDs CD5/2009 [71.11] [DBi] Another win for live recordings of past concerts - well worth hearing.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) & César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonatas - Ana Maria Valderrama (violin) Victor del Valle (piano) rec. 2017 EUDORA EUD-SACD-1802 SACD [63:52] [MR] A very Spanish take on two classics of the violin and piano repertory, spiced up with a couple of miniature rarities.

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Scottish Fantasy, Violin Concerto No.1 - ASMF/Joshua Bell (violin) rec. 2017 SONY 19075842002 [55:43] [BW]  Two very fine performances; well recorded apart from the spotlighting of the soloist, which didn’t trouble me too much.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 - RSO Stuttgart des SWR /Kurt Sanderling rec. 1999 SWR CLASSIC SWR19410CD [71:14] [TB] This is a great performance, eloquently projecting some of Bruckner's most gloriously lyrical music, while emphasising the music's powerful dramatic range.

Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Abendmusiken - Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier, Ens Masques/Olivier Fortin rec. 2017 ALPHA 287 [85:17] [JV] An attractive disc, though with some shortcomings..

William BYRD (c.1540–1623) One Byrde in Hande - Richard Egarr (harpsichord) rec. 2017 LINN CKD518 [62:59] [BW]  Very fine performances, very well recorded.

Alfred CELLIER (1844-1891) The Mountebanks, Suite Symphonique - Soraya Mafi (soprano), Thomas Elwin (tenor), James Cleverton (baritone), BBC Singers, BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2017 DUTTON EPOCH 2CDLX7349 SACD [59:52 + 62:04] [PCG] We should be grateful that the performances here are so worthy of this unjustly neglected music.

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Leçons de ténèbres - Stéphane Degout (baritone), Samuel Boden (tenor) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2014/16 HYPERION CDA68171 [73:31] [RHa] Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen return to lesser-known corners of French Baroque repertoire, with predictably ravishing results.

François COUPERIN (1668 - 1733) Leçons de Ténèbres & Motets - Les Ombres/Margaux Blanchard, Sylvain Sartre rec. 2017 MIRARE MIR358 [62:41] [JV] Most interesting for the two little-known motets, but the Leçons de Ténèbres are not entirely satisfying.

Ernő DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Serenade, String Quartet No. 3, Sextet - The Nash Ensemble rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68215 [76:08] [MR] A brilliant display of flexible playing from one of the leading chamber ensembles of our time in repertory which few other ensembles have ever managed to bring off with such élan.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Il Borgomastro di Saardam - Giorgio Caoduro (baritone) Juan Francisco Gatell (tenor) Irina Dubrovskaya (soprano) O & Ch Donizetti Opera/Roberto Rizzi Brignoli rec. 2017 DYNAMIC Blu-ray 57812 [108 mins] [RJF] This neglected opera buffa gets a convincing staging and performance which should appeal to Donizetti enthusiasts.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Short orchestral works - BBC Concert O/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2017 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7354 SACD [80:47] [TB] These performances are nicely shaped, and the various solos are skilfully presented.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Complete Piano Music Vol. 4 - Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano) rec. 2017 MIRARE MIR356 [65:00] [RHa] A lifetime’s experience and a great deal of love inform Pennetier’s illuminating readings of late Fauré in superior recorded sound.

Friedrich von FLOTOW (1812–1883) Martha - Maria Bengtsson (soprano), Katharina Magiera (mezzo-soprano), Frankfurter Opern- und Museums O/Sebastian Weigle rec. 2016 OEHMS CLASSICS OC972 [75:02 + 47:26] [GF] Readers who contemplate acquiring a recording of this one-time favourite opera need look no further.

Hans GÁL (1890–1987) Piano Trio, Variations Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Piano Trio No. 2 - Briggs Piano Trio rec. 2018 AVIE AV2390 [63:05] [SG] I am encouraged to see that the Gál renaissance continues to gather pace.

Wojciech GAWROŃSKI (1868-1910) Works for viola & piano - Marcin Murawski (viola) Anna Starzec-Makandasis (piano) rec. 2018 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0420 [65:11] [SSi] A most enjoyable and well played disc.

Michael GORDON (b. 1956) Clouded Yellow, Potassium, The Sad Park, Exalted - Kronos Qt rec. 2012 CANTALOUPE MUSIC CA21140 [59:34] [DC] Poetic, powerful and moving by turns.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies Vol. 6 - Basel CO/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2017 ALPHA 678 [67:05] [MW] An outstanding release in this wonderful ongoing series of Haydn’s complete symphonies.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) The Creation - Houston SO & Ch/Andres Orozco-Estrada rec. 2016 PENTATONE PTC5186614 SACD [52:41 + 46:46] [SG] Although entering a crowded field, this version provides a worthy alternative and deserves a firm place on the library shelves.

Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900) Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 - Vienna Piano Trio rec. 2016 MDG 9422017-6 SACD [65:38] [JWe] Masterly examples of how to write, perform and record for this medium.

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909-1996) The Chamber Concertos & Sinfonias - Danish Ntl Ch O/Hannu Koivula rec. 1996-97 DACAPO 8.206004 [6 CDs: 6:19:45] [RB] A lovingly assembled project, which will reward long term listening as well as dipping and sampling.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 8 - Mormon Tabernacle Ch, Utah SO/Thierry Fischer rec. 2016 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FR-725 SACD [22:07 + 57:34] [JQ] Despite a few flaws, this set is a worthy souvenir of the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary.

Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Mass, Songs of Ariel Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Songs of the Virgin Mary, Romance of the Dandelions - Danish Ntl Vocal Ens/Marcus Creed rec. 2017 OUR RECORDINGS SACD 6.220671 [64:13] [WH] This is a highly satisfying programme, sung with remarkable brilliance and precision.

Toshiro MAYUZUMI (1929–1997) Phonologie Symphonique, Bacchanale, Samsara - Hong Kong PO/Yoshikazu Fukumura rec. 198484 NAXOS 8.573916 [43:09] [RB]

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphony No. 2 - Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Esther Dierkes (soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor), NDR RadioPhil & Ch/Andrew Manze rec. 2017 PENTATONE SACD PTC5186639 [63:43] [GPJ] An outstanding new recording, fit to rank with the very best of recent versions.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47) Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 - NDR Radiophilharmonie/Andrew Manze rec. 2016/17 PENTATONE PTC5186611 SACD [63:39] Symphony No. 4, Hebrides overture, Midsummer Night’s Dream - London PO, Concertgebouw O/Eduard van Beinum rec. 1949-55 ELOQUENCE 482 5515 [58:11] [RWM] Two sterling conductors offer contrasting, yet authoritative views of Mendelssohn’s music.

Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Margherita d’Anjou - Giulia De Blasis (soprano) Gaia Petrone (mezzo) Anton Rositskiy (tenor) O Internazionale d'Italia/Fabio Luisi rec. 2017 DYNAMIC CDS7802.02 [76:15 + 78:17] [PSt] This fine set could well open the ears of opera lovers with a taste for the early romantic repertoire.

Alexander MOYZES (1906-1984) Symphonies Nos 1-4 - Slovak RSO/Ladislav Slovák rec. 1993/94 NAXOS 8.573650/1 [77:47 & 64:23] [RB] Moyzes merits exploring and pioneers should start with the first disc.

Franz Xaver MOZART (1791-1844) Fantasy, Polonaises mélancoliques, Piano Sonata - Anna Liszewska (piano) rec. 2017 DUX 1441 [55:24] [SSi] Liszewska has a lightness of style and action that is ideally suited to this music.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) La Clemenza di Tito - Richard Croft (Tito), Anna Stéphany (Sesto), Alice Coote (Vitellia) Glyndebourne Ch, O Age of Enlightenment/Robin Ticciati rec. 2017 OPUS ARTE OABD7232D Blu-ray [138 mins] [MC] I will undoubtedly be playing this again soon.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Lucio Silla - Kurt Streit (tenor) Patricia Petibon (soprano) O & Ch Teatro Real de Madrid/Ivor Bolton rec. 2017 BELAIR CLASSIQES BAC450 Blu-ray [180 mins] [SSi] An enjoyable performance with some excellent singing.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto No. 17 Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano concerto No. 1 - Evgeni Bozhanov (piano) Bavarian RCO/Radoslaw Szulc rec. 2016 PROFIL PH17086 [52:53] [MC] Sadly, the verdict is Caveat emptor!

William MUNDY (c.1529-1591) Sacred Choral Music - St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh/Duncan Ferguson rec. 2016-2017 DELPHIAN DCD34204 [65:15] [BW] Another very fine offering from Delphian and the Edinburgh Cathedral team.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cinderella - Fort Worth SO/Miguel Harth-Bedoya rec. 2017/18 FWSO LIVE FWSOL5 [70:58] [NB] Well-played and wisely conducted this is an enjoyable if not wholly compelling disc.

Zygmunt NOSKOWSKI (1846-1909) Piano Works Vol. 3 - Anna Mikolon (piano) rec. 2015 ACTE PREALABLE AP0382 [58:43] [JWe] Charming, slightly melancholic music with a slight hint of eastern European melody.

Leopold van der PALS (1884-1966) Symphony No. 1, Fruhling, Herbst, Wieland der Schmied - Helsingborg SO/Johannes Goritzki rec. 2017 CPO 555 117-2 [72:10] [RB] An affectionate exponent of late-romanticism with dreaminess in the vanguard, not thunder and lightning.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2 - Alexandra Conunova (violin) Michail Lifits (piano) rec. 2017 APARTÉ AP171 [51:29] [TB] Well played and well recorded accounts, but short measure compared with equally rewarding rival versions.

Henry PURCELL (1685-1759) Suites for Harpsichord - Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska (harpsichord) rec. 2017 DUX 1437 [54:34] [MG] Best in those pieces which respond to a rivetingly dramatic approach; at other times the performances can seem inflexible.

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Keyboard Works - Virginia Black (piano) CRD 3536 [62:42] [RMo] Self-conscious, interventionist and unsuccessful.

Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937) Évocations, Pour une fête de printemps, Suite - Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), Alessandro Fisher (tenor), François le Roux (baritone), BBC Philharmonic/Yan Pascal Tortelier rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN10957 [70:45] [SB] Fine new versions of some of Roussel’s most attractive works.

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1787) Sonatas Vol. 1 - Federico Colli (piano) rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN10988 [66:36] [RB] Colli is clearly a highly innovative player, and overall, this is a superb recording.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphonies Nos 3-6 & 8, Rosamunde - Concertgebouw O/Eduard van Beinum
rec. 1946-57 ELOQUENCE 482 5521 [75:42 + 74:26] [JW] A welcome reissue package.

Margarete SCHWEIKERT (1887–1957) Verlorene Liebe - Diana Tomsche (soprano) Armin Kolarczyk (baritone) Jeannette La-Deur (piano) rec. 2015 TYXART TXA16085 [74:30] [GF] Further evidence of Schweikert’s qualities.

Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841-1914) Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 - Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Ola Rudner rec. 2015/17 CPO 555 195-2 [79:47] [RB] Two fairly unknown, honey-tempered and endlessly inventive symphonies.

Dame Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) The Boatswain’s Mate - Nadine Benjamin, Edward Lee, unnamed O/Ethel Smyth, Lontano Ens/Odaline de la Martinez rec. 1916-2016 RETROSPECT OPERA RO001 [47:12+73:44] [SG] A fascinating rarity.

Edward SOLOMON (1855-1895) & F.C. BURNAND (1836-1917) Pickwick George GROSSMITH (1847-1912) Cups & Saucers - Simon Butteriss (baritone) Gaynor Keeble (mezzo) Toby Stafford-Allen (baritone) Alessandro MacKinnon (boy soprano) Stephen Higgins (piano) rec. 2016 RETROSPECT OPERA RO002 [73:31] [MBu] All in all, this recording and Retrospect Opera’s venture is laudable.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Eine Alpensinfonie - Frankfurt RSO/Andrés Orozco-Estrada rec. 2016 PENTATONE PTC5186628 SACD [55:32] [RMo] Beautifully played but lacking the last degree of tension found in the best accounts.

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Spring, Summer Impressions, Piano Pieces, Moods - Jonathan Plowright (piano) rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68198 [76:38] [JW] Eminently likeable performances which should bring a new audience to Suk.

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) HMS Pinafore - D’Oyly Carte Opera Co, Royal PO/James Walker rec. 1971 ELOQUENCE 482 5357 [59:13 + 37:02] [RW] Good performances marred by the recording gimmicks.

Georgy SVIRIDOV (1915-1998) Canticles & Prayers - Latvian Radio Ch/Sigvards Klava rec. 2018 ONDINE ODE1322-2 [65:06] [RHa] Ravishing and affecting by turns.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Advent Cantatas - GSOConsort/Gudrun Sidonie Otto rec. 2013-15 CPO 777 955-2 [53:42] [JV] It is a worthwhile addition to any collection of Christmastide music for this time of the year.

Jeroen VAN VEEN (b. 1969) Piano Music Vol. 2 - Jeroen Van Veen (piano, organ & keyboards), Flute Octet BlowUp!, Sandra Van Veen, Mile del Ferro (piano) rec. 2015-18 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95561 [7 CDs: 514 mins] [DC] A place in which you will certainly discover new and fascinating sounds and musical experiences.

Wenzel Heinrich VEIT (1806-1864) Complete String Quartets Vol. 2 - Kertész Qt rec. 2016 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0409 [66:48] [SSi] An excellent recording which all devotees of string quartets should cherish.

Philip VENABLES (b. 1979) Below the Belt NMC D238 [73:16] [SSi] A thought provoking disc that presents the largely enjoyable music of Philip Venables in very fine performances.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Double Concertos - La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler rec. 2018 AVIE AV2392 [75:32] [BW]  Another very fine Vivaldi release from La Serenissima.

Sebastián de VIVANCO (c.1551–1622) Missa Assumpsit Jesus - De Profundis/Robert Hollingworth rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68257 [70:47] [BW] Very welcome: the performances at least equal the few otherwise available and there is much new material.

WANG Lu (b.1982) Urban Inventory - Ens Intercontemporain/Susanna Mälkki rec. 2010-17 NEW FOCUS FCR197 [77:41] [MR] A new musical voice from China uses the experience of life in our frantic age as a spring board into a vivid and highly original musical language.

Alexander von ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Die Seejungfrau - ORF RSO Wien/Cornelius Meister rec. 2010/12 CPO 777 962-2 [55.34] [MC] Short run time aside, it’s hard to find fault with this.

Ernest Ansermet and the Ballets Russes Works by Debussy, Ravel & Stravinsky - Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1957-1966 [BW] Well worth buying, especially for the Ravel.

Teresa Berganza (mezzo) Brava Berganza rec. 1959-62 ELOQUENCE 482 6397 [72:03 + 59:17] [GF] Much better singing of this repertoire you will not find.

Berliner Philharmoniker The Asia Tour rec. 2017 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER BPHR180221 SACD & Blu-ray [210:31] [MC] Probably the least obviously desirable and collectable of this high-end, lavishly packaged series.

Early Departures Works by Bach, Dumitrescu, Janáček & Lipatti - Matei Varga (piano) rec. 2017 SONO LUMINUS DSL-92223 [60:02] [DC] This deserves a place on the shelf of any collection of fine piano music.

Illuminations Works by Fauré, Debussy & Britten - Nicholas Phan (tenor) Myra Huang (piano) Telegraph Qt, The Knights rec. 2017 AVIE AV2382 [62:56] [GF] I have nothing but praise for this disc, but prospective buyers allergic to vibrato should sample before buying.

Mythes Works by Bartók, Ravel, Stravinsky, Szymanowski & Wieniawski - Jiyoon Lee (violin), Henry Kramer (piano) rec. 2017 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD141 [67:27] [BW]  Stands up well to the competition from other recordings, differently coupled.

O lux beata Trinitas Ch Clare College, Cambridge/Graham Ross rec. 2017 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902270 [74:55] [JQ] A distinguished conclusion to a very fine series.

Drew Petersen (piano) Sonatas by Barber & Carter & other works by Griffes and Zaimont rec. 2017 STEINWAY & SONS STNS30095 [73:58] [DM]  Fearless playing, with recordings to match; this pianist is destined for great things.

Sepia & Amaranth Works by Goossens, Jongen, Pierné & Smit - Ens Lumaka rec. 2017 ETCETERA KTC1600 [60:46] [MR] Powerfully communicative performances atmospherically recorded.

Mordecai Shehori (piano) Learning by Example Vol. 4 rec. 2016 CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD184 [70:33] [JW] An attractive sequence of sweetmeats, rather let down by the studio acoustic.

Waking the Sparrows Works by Neil, York, Luo, Bolcom & Kechley - Duo Sureńo RAVELLO RECORDS RR7985 [72:49] [GH] An unusual programme of some intriguing pieces, well planned and often ear-catching.

Westwood Wind Quintet Augmented - Doug Reneau (trumpet) Carol Robe (bass clarinet) Lisa Bergman (piano) rec. 2015 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD791 [62:40] [SB] A mixed bag.

 

Other Reviews

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