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Monday September 20th
Max BRUCH (1838-1920)
Piano Trio, Pieces for cello and piano, Romance, String Quartet No 2 - The Nash Ensemble rec. 2020
HYPERION CDA68343 [72:32] [JW]
The Nash Ensemble excel in Bruch's chamber music.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphonies Nos 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9 - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Roger Norrington rec. 2007-2010
SWR MUSIC SWR19528CD [5 CDs: 280:24] [RMas]
A missed opportunity.
CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No 2,
Scherzi Nos 1-4 - Seong-Jin Cho (piano) London Symphony
Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2021 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486
0435 [68:30] [SG]
Astonishing technical command coupled with refined artistic maturity.
Felice GIARDINI (1716-1796)
Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord - ConSerto Musico rec. 2020
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95625 [66:50] [GP]
Fine performances of music by an Italian who made his mark in eighteenth-century London.
Christoph GRAUPNER (1683–1760) Bassoon
Cantatas - Sergio Azzolini (bassoon) Kirchheimer BachConsort/Florian
Heyerick rec. 2020 CPO 555353-2 [1.59:05] [JV] Another excellent recording of sacred works by Graupner.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies Nos
1 & 3 -
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes
rec. 2019 RUBICON RCD1055 [73:01] [SV] Lovely moments alternate with flatfooted ones.
Visions of a Century
Works by Tailleferre, Durosoir, Elgar & Clarke -
Malin Broman (violin/viola)
Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) rec. 2020 DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD199 [68:44]
An unusual programme given effective if not definitive performances.
Friday September 17th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Revelation: Alto Arias -
Zvi Emanuel-Marial (countertenor)
Shalev Ad-El (direction/organ)
rec. 2020 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21028 [54:58] [MC]
An admirable collection of Bach alto arias performed with dedication and
sincerity yet there are compelling alternatives.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Clarinet Sonatas, Five Lieder -
Ron Selka (clarinet)
Aviram Reichert (piano) rec. 2020 TYXART RECORDS TXA20152 [56:05]
[DD] A sheer joy from start to finish - autumnal works in first class performances and beautifully recorded.
Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Sinfonietta 1953,
Tangazo - Variations on Buenos Aires,
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires -
Lothar Hensel (bandoneon)
Neue Philharmonie Wesfalen/Rasmus Baumann rec. 2021 HD-KLASSIK SC-862102 [65:16]
A less familiar side of Piazzolla.
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Prokofiev on the Air - Sergei Prokofiev,
Alexander Vedernikov (piano) rec. 1937 PARNASSUS PACD96073 [72:23]
[JW] A rare Prokofiev broadcast and an ardent proponent of his music conjoined.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Firebird
- Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2010-2013
HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2905342.43
[68:44 + 59:57] [BW]
High on my list of recommendations, with the added appeal of getting
back as close as possible to the original performances.
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Die Walküre: Act 3 - Helen Traubel (soprano) Herbert Janssen
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Artur Rodziński
rec. 1945 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO180 [61:52] [RMo]
Janssen might not be the ideal Wotan but this is a superbly sung and conducted account of Act 3 of Die Walküre.
A Tribute to Nicolas Kynaston
Works by Karg-Elert & Widor -
Nicolas Kynaston (organ) rec. c.1982-1984 SELBY ABBEY ORGAN MASTERS SAOM007 [75:38]
[MR] A reminder of the sheer power of Nicolas Kynaston’s extraordinary musicality, given fresh life in some glorious new aural and visual packaging.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No 4, Piano Sonatas -
Pietro Scarpini (piano)
RAI Roma/Wilhelm Furtwängler
rec. 1952-78 RHINE CLASSICS RH-020 [74:56 + 79:37] [SG]
Performances which certainly do honour to the music.
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Préludes Books 1 & 2 - Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2018-2020
DA VINCI CLASSICS C00424 [78:42] [JF]
A worthy addition to the many recordings of this wonderfully evocative music.
Gustav HOLST (1874-1934)
The Perfect Fool -
BBC Northern Singers, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra/Charles Groves
rec. 1967 LYRITA REAM.1143 [62:24] [JW] Holst at his most quixotic and non-conformist in his pastiche opera.
OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Barbe-Bleue
- Yann Beuron (tenor) Héloïse Mas (soprano) Chorus & Orchestra Opéra de
Lyon/Michele Spotti rec. 2019 OPUS ARTE OABD7290D Blu-ray
[181 mins] [DBi]
A most enjoyable two hours of tuneful silliness.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
- B’Rock Orchestra/René Jacobs rec. 2019/20
PENTATONE PTC5186 856
A Sturm und Drang approach to Schubert brings moments of inspiration, but hit and miss performances overall.
Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884)
Moldau, Overtures and Dances - The Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi rec. 1993-1994
DECCA 444 867-2 [56:59] [RMo]
A pleasing anthology of Smetana’s best orchestral music including a choral bonus.
Paula SZALIT (1886-1942)
Works for Piano and Song - Elżbieta Tyszecka (piano), Katarzyna Dondalska (soprano), Michał Landowski (piano accompanist) rec. 2021
ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0496 [42:35] [PRB]
A lasting relationship or a one night stand – that is the question.
Variations Clare Hammond (piano)
BIS BIS-2493 SACD [70:59] [RHa]
Crisp and committed readings of seven neatly contrasted sets of variations in impeccable BIS sound.
George GERSHWIN (1898–1937)
The First Recordings rec. 1924–49 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC637 [73:58 + 76:50]
A foundation stone of pioneering Gershwin on 78s.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882–1971)
The Soldier’s Tale, Duo Concertant, Élégie
- Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano) and ensemble rec.
2019-2020 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM992671
A beguiling period instrument version brings Stravinsky vividly to
Susana Gómez Vázquez (piano)
rec. 2020 EUDORA EUD-SACD-2104 [59:56]
A competent but ultimately uncompelling recital.
British music for
flute, viola and harp
- Aurora Trio rec. 2020 EM RECORDS EMRCD069 [76:52] [JF]
The performance and production cannot be faulted: each work is played perfectly, with skill, thought and enthusiasm (when appropriate).
Helen Charlston (mezzo)
Michael Craddock (baritone)
Alexander Soares (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34253 [65:04]
A vivid and varied musical souvenir of the pandemic emergency.
Northern Lights Christopher Herrick (organ) rec. 2020 HYPERION CDA68376 [71:58]
An entertaining and stirring organ recital on one of Europe’s most northern and most modern cathedral organs.
Sommernachtskonzert 2021 Igor Levit (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker/Daniel Harding rec. 2021 SONY CLASSICAL 19439904912 [80:44]
A thoroughly enjoyable, entertainingly eclectic programme but no audiophile’s dream
Ina BOYLE (1889-1967) Songs
- Paula Murrihy (mezzo) Robin Tritschler (tenor) Ben McAteer (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34264 [77:23]
These excellent performances give a fine overview of a song composer of genuine worth.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 3
Bergen PO/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2019 BIS SACD BIS-2464 [56:35]
Is this Bruckner for people who don’t like Bruckner?
Stanisław MONIUSZKO (1819–1872)
Halka - Dominik Sutowicz (tenor); Magdalena Molendowska (soprano); Łukasz Goliński
(bass-baritone); Poznań Opera/Gabriel Chmura rec. 2019
[60:26 + 56:32] [GF]
Any opera lover, Polish or not, should derive a lot of pleasure from
and other Sacred Concertos
- Ensemble 1684/Gregor Meyer rec. 2019
As good a way as any to begin to explore this fine music.
Karajan Sibelius - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
- Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von
Karajan rec. 1964-1984 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
[5 CDs: 271:12 & BD-A: 196:47] [CSa] Quite outstanding state-of-the-art
Sir William WALTON (1902-1983)
Symphony No. 1,
Crown Imperial Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Suite for 4 Hands -
Lynn Arnold, Charles Matthews (piano duet) rec. 2021 ALBION RECORDS ALBCD047 [61:50]
This will strongly appeal to enthusiasts of both composers, and should be an essential addition to their collections.
Rafael Kubelík (conductor)
Complete Decca Recordings rec. 1954-79
ELOQUENCE 484 1452 [12 CD: 789:10]
[JW] Kubelík’s Deccas collected for the first time in handsome style.
Omegah 9 Horses rec. 2020/21
ADHYÂROPA RECORDS AR0001
[DMD] An intriguing fusion of jazz, rock and classical.