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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 4 -
Martin Helmchen (piano) Deutsches SO Berlin/Andrew Manze rec. 2018/19 ALPHA 575 [69:38]
These stylish, insightful accounts belong to the top rank.
Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes;
- Jan Smeterlin (piano) rec. 1946-1954
ELOQUENCE 4841308 [70:54 + 67:22]
[JW] Here is a Chopinist you should on no account overlook.
Charles IVES (1874-1954) Songs and Chamber Music
- Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano) Steffen Schleiermacher (piano) Ens Avantgarde rec. 2019 MDG 613 2178-2 [71:17] [LW] An enjoyable disc, but there are better options.
Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880)
Les Contes d’Hoffmann - John Osborn,
Irene Roberts, Ch Dutch Ntl Opera,
Rotterdam PO/Carlo Rizzi rec. 2018 C MAJOR 752904 Blu-ray [165 mins]
A spectacular and effective updating, with an outstanding cast.
Henrique OSWALD (1852-1931)
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Concertos Alberto NEPOMUCENO (1864-1920) Suite Antiga
Clélia Iruzun (piano)
Royal PO/Jac van Steen rec. 2019 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD276 [71:56]
Two piano concertos overflowing with captivating lyricism.
Sir John Barbirolli
(conductor) Broadcast Concert 1965 Works by
Franck, Rimsky-Korakov, Bruch & Suppé - David Wilde (piano)
Jacqueline du Pré (cello)
Hallé O rec. 1965 BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1100 [57:32] [JQ]
Another highly enjoyable example of Barbirolli’s podium mastery.
Polonaises Urszula Bartkiewicz (harpsichord) rec. 2020 DUX 1665 [73:37]
These polonaises are something like the 'missing link' between the baroque polonaises and those by Chopin.
Le Rappel des Oiseaux Luc Beauséjour (harpsichord) rec. 2019 ANALEKTA AN28797 [56:46] [GPu] This well performed and recorded musical aviary, both delights and stimulates thought.
Eric COATES (1886–1957)
Orchestral Works Vol. 2
- BBC Philharmonic/John Wilson rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20148
[BW] A splendid follow-up to the first volume - more please.
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Piano Quintets - Régis Pasquier (violin), Sachiko Segawa (violin), Mozart Piano Quartet rec. 2019
MDG 943 2162-6 SACD [58:09] [SV]
Expert and insightful playing.
Jules MASSENET (1842–1912)
Cendrillon - Danielle de Niese (soprano) Kate Lindsey (mezzo)
London PO/John Wilson
rec. 2019 OPUS ARTE DVD OA1303D [148 mins] [MP]
Some fine voices redeem a disappointing production of Massenet’s magical opera.
Antonio RUIZ-PIPÓ (1934-1997)
Works with Guitar Vol. 2 - Wolfgang Weigel (guitar) rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.574167 [56:47] [GPu]
A useful addition to the Naxos Guitar collection, which should help to revive interest in a largely neglected composer.
Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958)
Mélodies - Sybille Diethelm (soprano), Annina Haug (mezzo-soprano), Nino Aurelio Gmünder (tenor), René Perler (bass-baritone), Fabienne Romer, Edward Rushton (piano) rec. 2020
RESONUS RES10265 [72:33] [SSi]
This disc, indispensable for all fans of the mélodie, shows Florent Schmitt as a master song composer.
Andor Foldes (piano)
Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings rec. 1951-63 ELOQUENCE 4841256 [19 CDs: 1279 mins]
A magnificent and comprehensive collection, constituting a worthy tribute to a great artist, musician and pianist.
King Frederik IX Conducts Royal Danish O, Danish Ntl SO
rec. 1942-69 DACAPO 8.204001 [4 CDs: 270 minutes]
[JW] A release that treads off the beaten path, but it does so with purpose, discrimination and expertise.
Uta Weyand (piano) 1892 Reflections
- Works by Debussy, Albéniz, Grieg & Brahms rec. 2019 ARS PRODUKTION ARS38308 SACD [74:02]
[RCh] Uta Weyand plays these contrasting composers with affection.
Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Overtures Vol. 2
Czech Chamber PO/Dario Salvi rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574006 [61:06]
Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
The Wild Song
Marci Meth (soprano)
Simon Russell Beale (reciter)
Anna Tilbrook (piano) rec. 2016 MODERN POETICS MP001 [59:11]
Essential listening for anyone who loves Britten, or folksong, or the Suffolk countryside, or all three.
George CRUMB (b. 1929) Metamorphoses
Book 1 -
Marcantonio Barone (piano) rec. 2019 BRIDGE RECORDS 9535 [37:26]
A major new work by one of today’s most significant composers.
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Sea Pictures, Falstaff - Elīna Garanča (mezzo)
Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim rec. 2019 DECCA 4850968 [58:58]
[ST] A very fine Sea Pictures, but a Falstaff which is a little too clinical.
Frédéric d’ERLANGER (1868-1943)
& Thomas DUNHILL (1877-1946) Piano Quintets
Goldner String Qt,
Piers Lane (piano) rec. 2019 HYPERION CDA68296 [73:14] [JW]
The Goldners and Lane continue their fine collaboration.
Pierre HENRY (1927-2017)
La Dixième Symphonie
- Orchestras and choirs/Marzena Diakun, Bruno Mantovani, Pascal Rophé rec.
2019 ALPHA 630
[BW] I just don’t see the point of this pseudo-Beethoven mish-mash.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 -
Chen Reiss (soprano)
Tamara Mumford (mezzo) Munich PO/Gustavo Dudamel
rec. 2019 UNITEL EDITION Blu-ray 802904 [91 mins] [JQ]
A memorable performance.
Pēteris VASKS (b. 1946) Violin concerto, Lonely angel,
Plainscapes, Dona nobis pacem -
Daniel Rowland (violin)
Maja Bogdanović (cello)
Stift Festival O rec. 2019 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72830 [71:56] [SB]
Distant Light is a modern classic and the other works here are also fine.
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
String Quartet Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Serenade for Strings - NFM Leopoldinum O./Joseph Swensen rec. 2019
CD ACCORD ACD271-2 [54:56] [GPJ]
This arrangement of the Debussy String Quartet is a brilliant new addition to the repertoire of the string orchestra.
Ketil HVOSLEF (b. 1939) Chamber Works
Vol. 7 rec. 2018/19 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1200 [53:56] [SSi]
One of the most rewarding of the seven volumes released so far.
Niccolò JOMMELLI (1714-1774)
Ch & O Ghislieri/Giulio Prandi rec. 2019 ARCANA A477 [55:15]
Superb performance of a Requiem that was a hit in its day, and long thereafter.
Vasily Pavlovich KALAFATI (1869-1942)
Symphony, Légende - Ch Music Department of Athens
Unversity, Athens PO/Byron Fidetzis rec. 2017/18
NAXOS 8.574132 [81:28] [EJW]
An extremely generously filled CD which brings a forgotten composer to light.
Duarte LOBO (c.1565-1646)
Masses, Responsories and Motets
- Cupertinos/Luís Toscano
rec. 2019 HYPERION CDA68306
[BW] Very fine performances of spirit-raising music, almost all recorded for
the first time.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Tod und Verklärung, Don Juan, Sechs Lieder -
Louise Alder (soprano)
Deutsches SO Berlin/Robin Ticciati rec. 2019 LINN CKD640 [68:34]
[ST] A great success.
John WILLIAMS (b. 1932)
John Williams in Vienna - Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Vienna PO/John Williams rec. 2020
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 483 6373 [75:01] [NB]
A richly deserved tribute from a great orchestra to a great composer.
Songs for Sir John A Tribute to Sir John Manduell - Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) Richard Baker (narrator) Keith Swallow (piano)
rec. 2005/19 DIVINE ART DDA25210 [72:52]
[JF] An album to savour.
Wednesday September 16th
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) & Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Works for string trio -
Jascha Heifetz (violin)
William Primrose (viola)
Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) rec. August 1957-60 PRISTINE AUDIO PACM107 [76:16]
Superbly executed performances that have been so expertly revitalised by Pristine.
Sir Arthur BLISS (1891–1975)
The Decca Originals - Eileen Joyce (piano)
Alfredo Campoli (violin)
National SO/Muir Mathieson,
London SO, London PO/Sir Arthur Bliss
rec. 1946-57 ELOQUENCE 484 0215 [71:58 + 75:14] [JW] An excellently produced twofer.
(b.1969) Angelus -
Royal Stockholm PO/Andrey Boreyko, Martyn Brabbins, Sakari Aramo rec. 2016-19
BIS BIS-2288 SACD [82:08] [HC]
Accessible, superbly crafted and strongly expressive contemporary music.
Kjell HABBESTAD (b. 1955)
Quattro stazioni -
Björn Nyman (clarinet)
Sveinung Bjelland (piano) Vertavo String Qt rec. 2018/19 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1193 [71:46]
A disc and a composer well worth investigating.
Franz LISZT (1811–1886)
Complete Piano Music Vol. 55: Transcriptions
- Andrey Ivanov (piano) rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574149 [81:02]
[JWe] A marvellously recorded disc by a superb pianist.
Franco MARGOLA (1908-1992)
Chamber Music & Concertos
rec. 2012/13 TACTUS TC901390 [79:36 + 79:04]
Beautifully crafted works from one of the quiet voices in Italian music of the twentieth century.
Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007)
Unbegrenzt - Catherine
Christer Hennix (recitation, percussion & electronics)
Hans Isgren (bowed gong) rec. 1974 EMPTY EDITIONS EE007 [51:50]
A discomforting snapshot of a particular period in 20th century music.
Music for Stage and Screen rec. 1923-58
ALBION RECORDS ALBCD041 [65:53]
A disc that is as enjoyable as it is enterprising.