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Tuesday June 18th
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Piano Quintet Anthony PAYNE (b. 1936)
Piano Quartet York BOWEN (1884-1961)
Phantasy Quintet - Ronald Woodley (clarinet), Primrose Piano Qt rec. 2015 MERIDIAN CDE84640 [73:31] [SG]
A captivating performance of a popular score, complemented by three enticing rarities.
Emmerich KÁLMÁN (1882-1953)
Die Faschingsfee - Camille Schnoor (soprano), Daniel Prohaska (tenor), Ch & O des Staats theaters am Gärtnerplatz/Michael Brandstätter rec. 2017 CPO 555 147-2 [76:43] [GF] Basically for those who saw the performances and want a souvenir.
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937),
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) & Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892-1983)
String Quartets - Stenhammar Quartet rec. 2016/17 ALBA ABCD431 SACD [61:10] [JF] Thoroughly engaging and satisfying.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Lemminkäinen Suite, Belshazzar's Feast Suite - BBC SO/Sakari Oramo
rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN20136
Seductively sonorous Sibelius, brimming with colour and character; very
impressive recording, too.
Robin WALKER (b.1953) Turning Towards You -
John Turner (recorder)
Leon Bosch (double bass)
Emma McGrath (violin)
Min-Jung Kym (piano), Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth rec. 1999/2018 DIVINE ART DDA25180 [75:16]
[JF] All works are enjoyable, approachable and interesting.
Cracow Wind Quintet and Friends rec. 2017/18 DUX 1566 [43:50]
[GPJ] Imaginative and intensely musical playing of (mostly) unfamiliar but impressive repertoire.
Sonata Norwegica Caroline Eidsten Dahl (recorder) Ensemble Freithoff rec. 2017 LAWO CLASSICA LWC1165 [69:38] [DC] Life-enhancing performances of obscure music.
Works by CPE Bach & Mozart - Shani Diluka
(piano, fortepiano), Paris CO/Ben Glassberg
rec. 2018 MIRARE MIR434 [74:00]
[DC] An unusual but richly rewarding programme.
Monday June 17th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Overture in the French Style, French Suite No. 1,
Sinfonias - Diana Boyle (piano) rec. 2018
DIVINE ART DDA25190
[36:53 + 47:35] [JF]
There is a coolness about her interpretation that allows the music to speak without hindrance of any sort.
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Requiem Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Figure humaine
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Trois Chansons - Ens Aedes, Les Siècles/Mathieu
Romano rec. 2018 APARTÉ AP201 [59:21] [MR] An outstanding and unusual performance of the Fauré Requiem which probably gets closer to the spirit of the work than any other currently available.
César FRANCK (1822-1890)
Piano works - Michael Korstick (piano) rec. 2013/17
Superb playing of Cortot’s intriguing transcription of Franck’s violin sonata for solo piano together with Franck’s two major piano works.
Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983)
An English Mass; Cello Concerto - Guy Johnston (cello), Stephen Cleobury (organ), Britten Sinfonia, King’s College Ch/Stephen
Cleobury, Ben Parry, Christopher Seaman rec. 2018/19 KING’S COLLEGE
[48:58 + 54:39]
[BW] My first choice for Howells’ An English Mass and the Cello Concerto; it
should boost appreciation of Howells’ music.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905299 [57:04]
[JQ] Ear-opening Mahler from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Complete Piano Trios -
Horszowski Trio rec. 2017 AVIE RECORDS AV2405 [57:30 + 45:33]
Can hold its own in distinguished company.
Ivry Gitlis (violin)
The Early Years - Birth of a Legend rec. 1949-63
RHINE CLASSICS RH-011
[77:45 + 73:58] [SG]
A highly individual player, some would term a maverick, noted for his bold interpretive choices.
Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 2018
Another winner for the Binchois Consort.
Richard D’Oyly Carte
by Paul Seeley pub. 2018 ROUTLEDGE [RJW] Seeley’s easy style provides a ‘good read’ and uncovers fascinating detail.
Friday June 14th
Vyacheslav ARTYOMOV (b. 1940)
A Sonata of Meditations -
Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ens, Moscow PO/Virko Baley rec. 1983-91 DIVINE ART DDA25174 [69:41]
Star Wind rec. 1976-1994 DIVINE ART DDA25176 [74:56] In Spe, Latin Hymns
Yurlov State Capella, Russian Ntl O/Valentin Uriupin
rec. 2018 DIVINE ART DDA25184 [77:29] [SB]
Recommended to the adventurous – Artyomov is an interesting, indeed impressive composer.
Giulio CACCINI (1551-1618) Le Nuove Musiche - Riccardo Pisani (tenor);
Ricercare Antico/Francesco Tomasi rec. 2018 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95794
[BW] For lovers of Monteverdi who wish to investigate his
immediate predecessors, this new release will do
very well indeed.
Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959)
Gaia Theory -
Lawrence Zazzo (counter-tenor)
BBC PO/Timothy Redmond rec. 2018 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100097 [79:25]
An impressive collection of orchestra works by Jonathan Dove in brilliant performances.
Simon LAKS (1901-1983)
In Between - Błażej Goliński (cello) Robert Kwiatkowski
Dominika Glapiak (piano) CD ACCORD ACD249-2 [66:30]
[DC] A fine programme with good performances and recordings.
John McCABE (1939-2015)
Le Poisson Magique -
Tom Winpenny (organ) rec. 2014 RESONUS RES10144 [71:43] [MR]
A re-issue which reminds us both what a fine writer McCabe was for the instrument.
Joaquim Antonio Barrozo NETTO (1881-1941)
Piano Works Vols 1 & 2 -
Artur Cimirro (piano) rec. 2017 ACTE PREALABLE AP0451/2 [60:19
+ 74:15] [RB] Occasionally prepossessing but always charming miniatures superbly presented.
Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949)
From Berlin to Athens -
Lorenda Ramou (piano) rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2364 SACD [87:43]
[JF] Ramou seems an ideal interpreter.
(mezzo) Il giardino dei sospiri -
Collegium 1704/Václav Luks rec. 2018 PENTATONE PTC5186725 SACD [81:44]
Lovers of baroque music are in for a treat.
Thursday June 13th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
The Cello Suites - Rachel Podger (violin) rec. 2018
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA41119 SACD
[57:00 + 70:38] [DC]
Expert and intelligent musicianship, though you will have to decide whether you want to explore.
BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La damnation de
Faust - Bryan Hymel (tenor) Karen Cargill (mezzo) London Symphony
Ch & O/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2017 LSO LIVE LSO0809 SACD
[56:49 + 69:19] [RC]
Meaningful detail abounds – a fine effort and now my preferred version.
Léo DELIBES (1836-1891)
Coppélia - O State Academic Bolshoi Theatre/Pavel Sorokin rec. 2018
BELAIR CLASSIQUES Blu-ray BAC463
[100 mins] [RMay]
Takes its place as the new top recommendation for a filmed performance.
LEIGHTON (1929–1988) & Frank
MARTIN (1890–1974) Masses for Double Choir - Ch King’s College
London/Joseph Fort rec. 2018 DELPHIAN DCD34211 [63:42]
The only current version of Kenneth Leighton’s fine work coupled with an equally commendable one of the Frank Martin.
Guillaume LEKEU (1870-1894)
Violin Sonata, Piano Trio -
Bruno Monteiro (violin), Miguel Rocha (cello), Joao Paulo Santos (piano) rec.
2018 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95739 [77:55] [SSi]
A disc I like the more I listen to it.
(1560–1629) Motets - Alamire/David Skinner ref. 2018, 2019 INVENTA RECORDS INV001 [57:46 + 42:39] [BW]
The quality of the music, performances, recording and presentation all
add up to a clear recommendation.
Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937),
Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914-1991) & Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b. 1933)
String Quartets -
Ãtma Qt rec. 2018 CD ACCORD ACD252-2 [46:30]
[JF] A splendid introduction to ‘modern’ Polish chamber music.
Eduardo del Pueyo (piano)
Complete Philips Recordings
rec. 1955-59 ELOQUENCE 484 0193 [5 CDs: 348 mins] [SG] Pianism notable for its sincerity and respect for the musical text.
Wednesday June 12th
Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945)
The Wooden Prince, The Miraculous Mandarin
Suite - Helsinki PO/Susanna Mälkki rec. 2017, 2018 BIS BIS-2328 SACD
Although well played and recorded, Mälkki’s Bartók lacks inspiration;
Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
La damnation de Faust - Chœurs
Elisabeth Brasseur & Enfants RTF, O Lamoureux/Igor Markevitch
rec. 1959 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 483 6377 CD/BD-A [112:52]
Despite a few drawbacks, this is a considerable performance of Berlioz’s amazingly imaginative Faustian drama.
François COUPERIN (1668-1733)
- Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2015 APARTÉ AP196
Enjoyable performances of charming music, but there are other ways to
Jacques MOREL (c. 1690-c. 1740)
Premier Livre de Pièces de Violle -
Alejandro Marías (solo viola da gamba),
La Spagna rec. 2018 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95962 [71:28] [SSi]
A very enjoyable disc.
Alexander MOYZES (1906-1984) Symphonies
Nos 11 & 12 -
Slovak RSO/Ladislav Slovák rec. 1993/95 NAXOS 8.573655 [69:53]
[RB] Two symphonies in - and out of - the disillusioned and cynical tradition.
Bach Family – Choral Motets
Altnickol & JCF Bach -
Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius,
Sonntraud Engels-Benz (organ) rec. 2018 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC18014 [56.17]
[MC] Of appeal primarily to the specialist listener but still enjoyable and entirely satisfying.
Works by Bréhy & Fiocco - CantoLX, Ensemble de la Chapelle Saint-Marc/Frank Agsteribbe rec.
2018 ET'CETERA KTC1642 [73:43] [JV] Pretty much ideal performances of music by two composers who deserve to be better known.
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Moscow Recital 1979
MELODIYA MELCD1002581 [50.25 + 44.14]
[RBe] Early in Pletnev’s career and never released on CD.