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Thursday June 30th 

Georgios Axiotis (1875-1924) Orchestral Music - New Festival Opera-Symphony Orchestra Sofia/Byron Fidetzis rec. 2003 NAXOS 8.574353 [78] [RB] Axiotis has a beguiling relaxed way about him.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Violin Sonatas Nos 4-6 - Aleksandra Bryła (violin) Maria Banaszkiewicz-Bryła (harpsichord) rec. 2021 PRELUDE CLASSICS [52] [JW] Scrupulous, intelligent performances that can lack variation of colour.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Nos 15, 19, 30 & 32 - Annie Fischer (piano) rec. 1971-87 ICA CLASSICS ICAC5165 [76] [PBW] Great musicianship - some of the finest Beethoven one will ever hear.

Claude Le Jeune (c1530-1600) Motets pour le culte catholique et Psaumes protestants - Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles/Olivier Schneebeli rec. 2002 ALPHA 616 [59] [JV] A welcome reissue of a disc with little-known music by Claude Le Jeune.

Juliusz Łuciuk (1927-2020) Vesperae In Assumptione Beatae Mariae Virginis - Collegium Cantorum of the Częstochowa Philharmonic/Janusz Siadlak rec. 2021 DUX 1795 [52] [GPu] A powerful yet subtle work, supremely sung and well recorded.

Isang Yun (1917-1995) Music for Cello and Piano - Luigi Piovano (cello) Aldo Orvieto (piano) Japan Philharmonic Orchestra/Tatsuya Shimono rec. 2018-21 KAIROS 0015090KAI [68] [GT] A fine release devoted to Korea’s greatest composer.

John Matthew Myers (tenor) Desiderium - Myra Huang (piano) rec. 2020 AVIE AV2512 [64] [GF] Myers can feel satisfied with his debut album, and Myra Huang gives excellent support.

Wednesday June 29th

Maya Fridman (b.1989)/Maarten van Veen (b.1971) Nuït - Maya Fridman (cello) Maarten van Veen (piano) rec. 2021 TRPTK TTK0081 SACD [50] [DMD] An instant modern classic – go and buy it!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Lucio Silla - Olga Pudova (soprano), Franco Fagioli (countertenor), Alessandro Liberatore (tenor), Chiara Skerath (soprano), Ilse Eerens (soprano), Insula Orchestra/ Laurence Equilbey rec. 2021 ERATO 9029637734 [2 CDs: 126] [DF] A valuable, albeit abridged, addition to the Lucio Silla discography.

Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936) Crepuscolo - Timothy Fallon (tenor), Ammiel Bushakevitz (piano) rec. 2021 BIS BIS-2632 SACD [74] [GF] A valuable disc that shows Respighi’s too seldom heard songs in a very good light.

Humanos y Divinos Cancionero de Uppsala - Baltazar Zúñiga (tenor) Accademia degli Imperfetti rec. 2020 DA VINCI CLASSICS C00442 [56] [JV] I appreciate the singing and playing, but I am not sure that this is the way these songs should be performed.

Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 10 - Charles Senderovitz (violin), Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello), Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra rec. 1957–62 DANCORD DACOCD920 [2 CDs: 151] [JW] A twofer with a difference: first-ever performances coupled with already-reissued material.

Rooted in Northampton The Arnolds and the Haweses - Malcolm Arnold’s family tree by Alan Poulton publ. 2021 Malcolm Arnold Society [RB] A book that was waiting to be written - recondite but satisfying to out-and-out Arnold devotees.

Tuesday June 28th

Carl Frühling (1868-1937) Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet - Oliver Triendl (piano) Daniel Giglberger, Nina Karmon (violin) Roland Glassi (viola) Floris Mijnders (cello) rec. 2020-21 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21062 [61] [JWe] Fascinating, unknown works by a sadly neglected figure, excellently played and recorded.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Les Fêtes d’Hébé - Chantal Santon Jeffrey, Marie Perbost (soprano) Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra/György Vashegyi rec. 2021 GLOSSA GCD924012 [3 CDs: 176] [GF] Admirers of Rameau, or baroque opera at large, can safely invest in this issue.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Complete Symphonies - Hallé/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2010-2021 HALLÉ CDHLD7557 [5 CDs: 366] [NB] Good value box hampered by reticent recordings and occasionally cautious interpretations.

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Siegfried - Matti Kastu (tenor) Laila Andersson-Palme (soprano) Royal Swedish Opera O/Sixten Ehrling rec. 1987 STERLING CDA-1847/1849-2 [3 CDs: 224] [MP] This Siegfried loses the battle against other, more notable recordings.

The Film Music of Malcolm Arnold Compiled by Alan Poulton and David Dunstan publ. 2021 Malcolm Arnold Society [RB] The Arnold film music documented in gleeful detail … glowingly attractive.

Ruutsu: The Girls in the Magnesium Dress Valentina Ciardelli (double bass), Anna Astesano (harp) rec. 2021 DA VINCI CLASSICS C00553 [61] [JW] Evocative Japanese watercolours from an unlikely instrumental combination.

Monday June 27th

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartets Opp. 132 & 135 - Ehnes Quartet rec. 2020 ONYX 4227 [68] [DMD] A fine Op. 132 partners a superb Op. 135.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective rec. 2021 CHANDOS CHAN20242 [64] [NB] Confident large-scale scores performed with panache and conviction.

Ed Hughes (b.1968) Music for the South Downs - New Music Players, Primrose Piano Quartet rec. 2021 MÉTIER MSV28623 [69] [RB] Witchery spun out of complexity.

Bernardo Storace (c. 1637-1707) In Modo Pastorale - Marouan Mankar-Bennis (organ & harpsichord) rec. 2020 ENCELADE ECL2101 [76] [SW] A strange but compelling musical journey through 17th century Sicilian keyboard music.

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Macbeth, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche - Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst rec. 2021 CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TCO0004 SACD [46] [JQ] A disc that shows the Cleveland Orchestra’s Strauss tradition is very much alive.

Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano) La Zingarella - Mark Fewer (violin) Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) Gryphon Trio rec. 2021 AVIE AV2506 [67] [GF] A delightful journey through Romany Songland!

Frieda Kwast-Hodapp (piano) German Radio Recordings 1948 MELOCLASSIC MC1059 [2 CDs: 156] [JW] The dedicatee of Reger’s Piano Concerto heard in late performances of real importance.

Friday June 24th

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Concertos Nos 1-5 - Margarita Höhenrieder (piano) rec. 2008-2020 ACCENTUS MUSIC ACC70551 DVD [3 discs: 197] [MZ] A thoughtful and delightful set of live performances, with over an hour of bonus materials.

Arrigo Boito (1842-1918) Nerone - Rafael Rojas (tenor) Alessandra Volpe (mezzo) Prague Philharmonic Choir, Wiener SO/Dirk Kaftan rec. 2021 C MAJOR Blu-ray 761304 [149] [EJW] The performances and production captured here are excellent.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1896), Amanda Maier (1853-1894) & Julius Röntgen (1855-1932) Violin Concertos -  Cecilia Zilliacus (violin) Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta/Kristiina Poska DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD202 [79] [SV] The side dishes outshine the main course.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 - Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2019 MYRIOS MYR030 [57] [JQ] Roth presents a refreshing, individual view of this symphony, but other conductors offer more.

Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) Works for Violoncello & Piano - Pi-Chin Chien (cello) Bernhard Parz (piano) rec. 2021 TYXART TXA22167 [42] [RB] Short-playing time but there’s an amiable talent at work here.

David Oistrakh (violin) Recorded Rarities from Melodiya - Alexander Goldenweiser, Zara Levina (piano) rec. 1947-1959 BIDDULPH 85013-2 [78] [SG] This release is an essential purchase, not only for Oistrakh devotees, but more generally for violin mavens.

Schwarze Messe Works by Lourié, Staude, Scriabin & Wyschnegradsky - Asasello Quartet rec. 2019-21 GENUIN GEN22745 [71] [GT] An outstanding recording celebrating the Asasello Quartet’s twentieth anniversary.

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