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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Horn Concertos (reconstructions) - Radek Baborák (horn), Berlin Barock Solisten rec. 2020
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21000 [49:37] [MC]
Radek Baborák’s performances to savour of Bach’s three ‘reconstructed’ horn
Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924)
Piano works -
Peter Donohoe (piano) rec. 2021 CHANDOS CHAN20237 [70:57]
[SB] Serviceable performances making a good introduction to the composer, but there are better elsewhere.
REGNART (c.1540-1599) Missa Christ ist
erstanden & other works - Cinquecento rec. 2020 HYPERION
CDA68369 [64:45 [DC]
Exquisite performances of exquisite music - to be snapped up without delay.
Louis VIERNE (1870-1937)
Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Sergio Monteiro (piano) rec. 2020
NAXOS 8.574296 [59:59] [RB]
A promising start to a project that is more than worthy – full of music to delight and please.
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Concerti by Boccherini, Vivaldi and Tartini - Collegium Musicum Zurich/Paul Sacher rec. 1977
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 429098-2 [51:03] [JW]
Rostropovich proves an elevated exponent of the Baroque concerto repertoire.
Júlia Várady (soprano)
The Orfeo Recordings rec. 1981-99 ORFEO C210086 [10 CDs: 619:51]
[PSt] A wonderful set of recordings of a great soprano who never received the acclaim she deserved.
Clara IANNOTTA (b. 1983)
Wilhelm Latchoumia (piano) WDR SO Köl/Michael Wendeberg
rec 2018-2019 KAIROS 0018004KAI [58:32] [RHa] An outstanding disc of challenging new music.
Stĺle KLEIBERG (b. 1958)
Violin Concerto No 2, DOPO, Viola
Marianne Thorsen (violin)
Eivind Ringstad (viola)
Fredrik Sjölin (cello)
Trondheim SO rec. 2020 2L 2L-166-SABD [58:08] [DC]
Superbly crafted and highly satisfying.
Elisabeth LUTYENS (1906–1983)
Piano Works Vol. 1 - Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2021 RESONUS RES10291 [67:39]
A rare chance to meet the piano music of a misunderstood and neglected composer.
chiudo gli occhi
Cantatas for solo
voice with violin
Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo) Quartetto
Vanvitelli rec. 2020 ARCANA A487
[76:57] [JV] Despite some issues, I am
quite happy with these performances.
Rafael Kubelïk (conductor)
The Mercury Masters - Chicago Symphony Orchestra rec. 1951–53 ELOQUENCE 4843028 [10 CDs: 459:10]
Kubelïk in Chicago in epochal Mercury recordings – plus tantalising stereos.
Alex Park (guitar)
Classical Guitar rec. 2019 Private Release 194171647703 [41:21]
Much enjoyable listening offered on this disc.
Arthur FARWELL (1872-1952)
Songs, Choral & Piano Works -
Dakota String Qt,
William Sharp (baritone)
Emanuele Arciuli (piano) Univ of Texas Chamber Singers/James Morrow rec. 2013-2020
NAXOS 8.559900 [54:01]
[CCa] A long overdue and most welcome addition to the Farwell discography.
(1822-1890) Violin Sonata Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Mythes,
Kaja Danczowski (violin)
Krystian Zimerman (piano) rec. 1980 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 431469-2 [58:15]
[JW] A classic coupling lives up to its high reputation.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas
Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2018 SHEVA SH236 [75:03] [JF]
A refreshing take on accomplished piano works.
Per NŘRGĹRD (b. 1932)
Kaija SAARIAHO (b. 1952)
Cello Concertos - Jakob Kullberg (cello), BBC Philharmonic/Michael Francis, John
Storgĺrds; Sinfonia Varsovia/Szymon Bywalec rec. 2015/16
An illuminating programme exploring individuality in concerto form.
Nicola Benedetti (violin) Baroque -
Benedetti Baroque O rec. 2020 DECCA 485
1891 [52:26] [JV] Benedetti seems to feel at home in this repertoire.
Sol & Pat Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) Sol Gabetta (cello) rec. 2014-2018
A heavenly duo making magical music.
Stolen Music Transcriptions for Piano Trio -
Linos Piano Trio rec. 2021 CAVI-MUSIC 8553035 [65:04]
Musical reincarnations – not perfunctory adaptations.
Monday October 25th
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas Nos 1-4
Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Martin Helmchen (piano)
rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2517 SACD [73:12]
Vibrant, engaging, approachable accounts delivered with exemplary clarity.
John Alden CARPENTER (1876-1951)
Violin Sonata, String Quartet, Piano Quintet - Paul Posnak (piano), Sergiu Schwartz (violin), Vega Quartet rec. 2001
NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559103 [74:20] [RB]
A well-filled disc answering handsomely to the Carpenter heritage.
Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676)
Hymns and Psalms - Coro & Ensemble C. Monteverdi di Crema/Bruno Gini rec. 2020
DYNAMIC CDS7902 [74:45] [JV]
If you have little or none of Cavalli's sacred music in your collection, this is an excellent opportunity to fill that gap.
Erik CHISHOLM (1904-1965) Songs
Mhairi Lawson (soprano) Nicky Spence (tenor) Michael Mofidian (bass)
Iain Burnside (piano)
rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34259 [67:50] [JQ]
A most rewarding collection of songs.
Graham LYNCH (b.1957)
Seria Ludo -
Paul Sánchez, Albert Kim (piano)
rec. 2020 DIVINE ART DDA25221 [76:27] [JF]
All the music here is accessible, well-written and rewarding.
Béatrice Uria-Monzon (soprano)
Assoluta - Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste/Fabrizio Maria Carminati rec. 2019
APARTÉ AP221 [59:00] [MC]
Opera enthusiasts may wish to explore Béatrice Uria-Monzon’s album of great assoluta arias.
Oksana Volkova (mezzo)
Poison d’amour -
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra/Constantine Orbelian
rec. 2019 DELOS DE3584 [63:50] [SV]
A gorgeous voice and program, with a mild technical hitch.
Friday October 22nd
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Paris Symphonies
Nos 82-87 - Orchestre de chambre de Paris/Douglas Boyd
rec. 2018/20 NOMADMUSIC NMM078 [69:15 + 66:18] [MG]
A refreshing focus on rhythmic clarity and interplay between instruments.
Jānis IVANOVS (1906-1983) Symphonies
Nos 15 & 16 -
Latvian Ntl SO/Guntis Kuzma rec. 2021 SKANI LMIC126 [62:11]
[RB] A purposeful step forward in the stop-start rehabilitation of this determined Latvian symphonist.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Sonatas -
Oscar Shumsky (violin)
Leopold Mittman (piano) rec. 1951 BIDDULPH 85003-2 [73:40]
[JW] The decades strip away as Shumsky and Mittman play Mozart with fervour.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) & César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonatas
Brieuc Vourch (violin) Guillaume Vincent (piano) rec. 2020 FARAO CLASSICS B108112 [53:24]
[DD] A highly enjoyable début disc from two very fine young musicians in harmony.
Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Mazurkas, Polish
Songs & Dances -
Marek Szlezer (piano)
rec. 2020 DUX 1680 [78.29] [GH]
Rare couplings offering a different slant on this significant but little-known repertoire.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Songs
Margaret Price (soprano)
Geoffrey Parsons (piano) rec. 1986 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 419 621-2 [57:24]
A welcome window into some underexplored repertoire, in the company of two magnificent artists who give it their all.
Spyres (baritenor) BariTenor - Chœur d’hommes de
l’Opéra national du Rhin, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg/Marko
Letonja rec. 2020 ERATO 9029515666 [84:30] [PCG] A novel and exciting recital, full of artistry and promise and well presented.