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Friday July 19th
(ca.1330-1397) L’occhio del cor -
La Reverdie, Christophe Deslignes (organetto) rec. 2018 ARCANA A462 [64:56]
There is much here that is ravishingly beautiful, most of it shot through with the poignant fact of Landini’s blindness.
Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Night on Bald Mountain, The Fair at Sorochyntsi, Khovanshchina -
Philharmonia O/Walter Susskind rec. 1953 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR519 [52:05]
One for the Mussorgsky fans.
Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Petite Messe solenelle
- SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart/Rupert Huber
rec. 1995 SWR MUSIC SWR19521 [79.33] [JQ]
A reliable performance which is generally well sung.
Sir John TAVENER (1944-2013)
George Castle (organ)
Winchester Cathedral Ch/Andrew Lumsden rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68255 [70:03]
[SB] Even if you already have discs of Tavener’s choral music you should consider this.
Michael Fabiano (tenor) Arias by Verdi & Donizetti
London PO/Enrique Mazzola rec. 2018 PENTATONE PTC5186750 SACD [57:03]
[GF] I’m certainly looking forward to hearing more of Michael Fabiano.
Frank Merrick (piano) & Henry Holst (violin) rec. 1950s-60s
NIMBUS NI8826 [4 CDs: 278 mins]
[JW] A splendid conspectus of their partnership.
Thursday July 18th
Sir George BENJAMIN (b. 1960)
Lessons in Love and Violence - Stéphane Degout (baritone) Barbara Hannigan
Netherlands Radio PO/George Benjamin
rec. 2018 NIMBUS NI5976 [2 CDs: 84:49] [SB] A different performance to the DVD,
but still very fine.
Carlo FORLIVESI (b. 1971)
Kyoto CO/Carlo Forlivesi TACTUS TC970601 [71:10]
While the music has its moments, Tactus’ documentation is poor and listeners need to make allowances for the sound.
(1882-1964) Orchestral Songs - Angela Maria Blasi (soprano)
Stella Doufexis (mezzo) Bochum SO/Steven Sloane rec. 2003 NAXOS
8.573833 [56.35] [PCG]
Mostly brief items, but the cycle Verklärtes Jahr is a major rediscovery.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Vespers - SWR Vokalensemble/Marcus Creed rec. 2004
SWR MUSIC SWR19522CD
Not the absolute best in a hugely competitive field but a very fine, heartfelt version that will not disappoint.
Iberia Les Éléments
A very fine choir, but not everything here works.
Pietro Scarpini (piano)
Discovered Tapes: From Baroque to Contemporary rec. 1950-67
RHINE CLASSICS RH-010
[12 CDs: 14 hours] [JW]
Another Rhine release that helps to build up an increasingly irrefutable case for Scarpini’s greatness as an interpreter of a wide swathe of the repertoire.
Wednesday July 17th
Martin Rane BAUCK (b. 1988)
Through a network of illuminated streets -
Heather Roche (clarinet),
Ole Martin Huser-Olsen (guitar) rec. 2017 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1171 [53:36]
A young Norwegian’s strange, hypnotic music is played with meticulous poise by these fine musicians.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn; Symphony No. 1 -
Sinfonieorchester der Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks/Wilhelm Furtwängler
rec. 1951, PRISTINE AUDIO PASC563 [68:44]
[RMo] Brahms admirers should add this to their collection.
Prince JOHANN ERNST (1696-1715)
Complete Violin Concertos
- Thüringer Bach Collegium/Gernot Süssmuth rec. 2018 AUDITE 97.769
[BW] Attractive accounts of music which Telemann admired and some of which
Bartłomiej PĘKIEL (d. 1670) Opera omnia
Ens, Polish O 18th Century/Zygmunt Magiera rec.
2009-2017 DUX 1454-56 [3 CDs: 237:25]
A worthy monument for a composer who deserves to be better known.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Aaron AVSHALOMOV (1894-1965) Hutongs of Peking - Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Shanghai SO/Long Yu rec. 2017 ACCENTUS MUSIC DVD ACC20440 [110 mins]
[JW] A classy product.
Il cembalo transalpino
Keyboard Music from the
Fitzwilliam Collection - Sophie Yates (harpsichord) rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN0819 [65:16] [SSi]
A fascinating insight into the more neglected recesses of the Fitzwilliam Collection.
Complete Preludes Vol. 3 Works by L Boulanger, Fauré Á Messiaen - Alexandra Dariescu (piano) rec. 2018 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD149 [64.18]
[RBe] A first-rate recital which combines a superb technique with a wonderful musicality.
Tuesday July 16th
Sir Richard Rodney BENNETT (1936-2012)
Orchestral Works Vol. 3 - Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) BBC Scottish SO/John Wilson rec. 2018
CHANDOS CHSA5230 SACD [64.34]
[PCG] Well worth exploring, and not just for fans of the composer.
Tokyo Juventus PO/Kenshiro Sakairi rec. 2018 ALTUS 012/3 [82:00]
All in all, a magnificent disc.
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764)
Les Indes galantes - Véronique Gens (soprano),
Orfeo O/György Vashegyi rec. 2018 GLOSSA GCD924005 [60:45 + 62:56]
[GF] Lovers of baroque opera should invest in this issue without delay.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony No. 3 Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
Organ Concerto Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1934)
Organ Symphony - Christopher Jacobson (organ), Suisse Romande O/Kazuki Yamada rec. 2017 PENTATONE PTC5186638 SACD [65:31] [JQ] An attractive programme that shows off the organ in Geneva’s Victoria Hall very effectively.
Stefan WOLPE (1902-1972) Music For Two Pianos
- Quattro Mani (piano duo) rec. 2016/17 BRIDGE 9516 [67:11] [RHa] This fine two-piano disc easily matches previous instalments in terms of both quality of performance and sound.
Messes de Barcelone et d’Apt
Ens Gilles Binchois/Dominique Vellard
rec. 2018 EVIDENCE CLASSICS EVCD060
[BW] Joins other recordings from this ensemble high in my esteem.
Rohan de Saram (cello)
Works by Bax, Cassadó, Dallapiccola & Ligeti
rec. 2015 FIRST HAND RECORDS FHR49 [58:11]
[JW] A credo of devotion, raptly played and recorded.
Monday July 15th
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
String Quartet, Piano Quintet -
Martin Roscoe (piano)
Brodsky Qt rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN10980 [67:10] [MG] These dramatic, edgy accounts give us the intensity of Elgar’s Indian summer in full measure.
Mikołaj GÓRECKI (b. 1971)
Trios - Silesian Trio, Aukso CO Tychy/Marek Moś rec. 2017
An intriguing, well-played disc.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Transcendental Études, Waldesrauschen, Gnomenreigen -
Sheng Cai (piano) rec. 2018 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22783 [71:19]
[RC] A talent to watch out for, even if this is outclassed by the best.
Igor SHAMO (1925-1982) Complete Piano Music
Dimitri Tchesnokov (piano)
rec. 2017/18 PIANO CLASSICS PCL10152 [3 CDs: 196:46]
[SG] Music whose rewards are plentiful.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
I Lombardi - León de la Guardia (tenor), Ania Jeruc (soprano)
Czech Philharmonic Ch Brno, Cappella Aquileia/Marcus Bosch rec. 2018
COVIELLO CLASSICS COV91901 SACD
[62:20 + 47:21] [GF]
Among some less than perfect singing, Ania Jeruc stands out.
Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
O/Martin Yates (conductor) rec. 2018
OPUS ARTE DVD OA1285D
[133 mins] [RM]
Another very welcome release of outstanding quality from the Royal Ballet.
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Volkslieder - Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Thomanerchores Leipzig/Horst Neumann rec. 1975
BERLIN CLASSICS 030129BC
A singer in prime form: springy, green, sappy, direct and touchingly confident.
Welcome home, Mr Dubourg
Works by Dubourg, Vivaldi & Corelli - Irish Baroque O/Peter Whelan rec.
2018 LINN RECORDS CKD532 [60:57] [DJB] AA forgotten British Baroque composer is given his time in the sun.