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Tuesday May 17th
Einar ENGLUND (1916-1999) Complete Music for Solo Piano
- Laura Mikkola (piano) rec. 2017
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0356 [71:44]
A fine exploration of Englund’s piano music.
Fanny MENDELSSOHN HENSEL (1805-1847)
A Woman’s Hand
- Helen Cawthorne (piano) rec.
2021 PRIMA FACIE PFCD172 [61:20]
Technically and interpretively perfect – a voyage of delight from end to end.
Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937)
Le Testament de la Tante Caroline -
Marie Lenormand, Marion Gomar, Lucile Komitès,
Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes/Dylan Corlay rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.660479 [79:00]
[SB] Roussel’s comic opera is workmanlike but lacks fizz.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Suite No.1, The Age of Gold &
The Limpid Stream suites, Suite for Variety Orchestra
Singapore SO/Andrew Litton rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2472 SACD [69:14]
Sophisticated performances of entertaining music.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Le OFF rec. 2019 NOMADMUSIC NMM100 [58:34] [RMo]
Something of an odd hodgepodge which is nonetheless beautifully played.
Cool Tunes for the Big Bassoon
Susan Nigro (contrabassoon),
Mark Lindeblad (piano) rec. 2021 CRYSTAL RECORDS CD980 [59:32]
An excellent introduction to this diffident and often neglected instrument.
Symphonies of the Bach Family Berliner Barock Solisten/Reinhard Goebel
rec. 2021 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21029 [63:37]
Not a single well-known work within eyesight, but a life-enhancing excursion off the beaten track that should appeal to every baroque enthusiast.
Monday May 16th
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 4 - Altomonte Orchester St Florian/Rémy Ballot rec. 2021
GRAMOLA 99261 SACD [79:27] [RMo]
Ballot’s leisureliness in Bruckner is controversial as always but with its own interest and insights.
Fortunato CHELLERI (1690-1757)
6 Sonate di Galanteria -
Luigi Chiarizia (harpsichord) rec. 2017 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 96308 [70:49]
[JV] Pleasant sonatas by a little-known composer.
Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931)
& Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concertos -
Johan Dalene (violin)
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds
rec. 2021 BIS BIS2620 SACD [73:32] [RWe]
The only SACD choice for this coupling, in fine performances, especially the Nielsen.
Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
La Senna Festeggiante - Gwendoline Blondeel (soprano), Lucile Richardot (mezzo-soprano), Luigi De Donato (bass), Orchestre del’Opéra Royal/Diego Fasolis rec. 2021
CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES CVS064 [80:49] [DBi]
Perhaps Vivaldi’s best secular vocal music in a performance which might be equalled elsewhere but is very enjoyable.
British Piano Concertos Simon Callaghan (piano) BBC National
Orchestra of Wales/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2021 LYRITA SRCD407 [68:33]
Lesser-known works for piano and orchestra, played with highly communicative enthusiasm.
Sir Eugene Goossens (conductor)
Cincinnati Symphony, Vol. 1 Works by Delius, Walton & Vaughan
rec. 1941/46 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC654 [76:18] [MSJ]
Restorations of sensual and atmospheric performances by Goossens in Cincinnati.
Dimitri Mitropoulos (conductor)
The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection rec. 1946-1957
RCA 19439888252 [69 CDs] [RCo]
Music’s mighty Athenian.
Now the Green Blade Riseth Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Daniel Hyde rec. 2021
KING’S COLLEGE KGS0065 [77:05] [MR]
Daniel Hyde’s unfailingly perceptive and inspired direction in a truly sumptuous demonstration of choral singing.
Friday May 13th
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
(1756-1791) Così fan tutte -
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Lisa Otto (soprano) Nan
Merriman (mezzo) Philharmonia Ch & O/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO189 [3 CDs: 160:33]
[RMo] This classic performance is now revealed in new glory.
Poul RUDERS (b. 1949)
Harpsichord Concerto -
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
rec. 2020 OUR RECORDINGS 9.70896 [20:58] [PRB]
A delicious Danish delight, with more than enough tang to tantalize anyone’s taste buds.
Erik SATIE (1866-1925)
Piano Music Vol. 5: Ésoterik Satie
- Noriko Ogawa (piano) rec. 2018 BIS BIS-2345 SACD [76:04]
[SB] Intense but rather limited pieces from Satie’s involvement with occultism.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 9
Yefim Bronfman (piano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
rec. 2011/12 BR KLASSIK 900202 [46:17] [WH] Superb live performances of two of Shostakovich’s most mercurial works.
Arrangement of works by Mahler & Schoenberg
Beatrice Berrut (piano) rec. 2021 LA DOLCE VOLTA LDV100 [67:33]
Mahler and Schoenberg as though transcribed by Liszt with magical results.
Mandolin on Stage
Concertos by Vivaldi, Paisiello, Lecce & Hummel -
Raffaele La Ragione (mandolin)
Il Pomo d'Oro/Francesco Corti rec. 2021 ARCANA A524 [66:56]
[JV] This disc should convince every sceptic, that the mandolin is an instrument which fully deserves a place on the stage.
The Sweet and Merry Month
Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford/Mark Williams
rec. 2021 OPUS ARTE OACD9049D [72:17]
May Day celebrations from Magdalen College Oxford have rarely sounded so lovely.
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Cello Concerto, Serenade for Strings - Petr Nouzovský (cello), Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice/Stanislav Vavřínek rec. 2021
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95696 [74:34] [WH]
A very fine reading of a favourite concerto.
Emil HARTMANN (1836-1898)
Scandinavian Folk Music –
Cathrine Penderup (piano) rec. 2021 DANACORD DACOCD 936-937 [2 CDs: 116:26]
The performance of this novel musical byway is committed and expressive.
Charles IVES (1874-1954)
& Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) String Quartets -
Emerson String Quartet
rec. 1990/91 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 435 864-2 [64:40] [PBW]
These are superb performances – an essential purchase in every way.
Hieronymus PRAETORIUS (1560-1629)
Organ Works - Léon Berben (organ) rec. 2021
AEOLUS AE-11311 SACD [78:46 + 78:29] [SG]
Once again, Aeolus mines attractive rarities.
Evert TAUBE (1890-1976)
Out There So Quiet & other songs -
Torsten Mossberg (tenor) rec. 2020/21 STERLING CDA1857-2 [73:44]
[GF] This recording is another feather in Torsten Mossberg’s cap.
Bronislaw Gimpel (violin)
Live Vol. 1 rec. 1937-1967
DOREMI DHR-8163-64 [75:26 + 79:14] [JW]
The vivid and communicative Bronislaw Gimpel, charted over three decades.
Works by Reali, Vivaldi & Bach -
rec. 2021 ALPHA 771 [68:00] [JV] Reali could not have wished for better advocates of his forgotten sonatas.
Wednesday May 11th
Marco Enrico BOSSI (1861–1925)
Complete Organ Works Vol. 15 - Andrea Macinanti (organ) rec. 2002–21 TACTUS TC862791 [2 CDs: 110:59]
The final volume of this long-running complete Bossi organ music series, comprises an odd assortment of trifles ranging from the sublime to the vaguely ridiculous.
Thomas Alexandrovich de HARTMANN (1885-1956)
Bülent Evcil (flute) Lviv Ntl PO Ukraine/Theodore Kuchar rec. 2021 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0633 [65:55]
Enjoyable, unusual orchestral music by a little-known composer.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
The Fair Maid of the Mill - Nicky Spence (tenor), Christopher Glynn (piano) rec. 2020 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD711 [63:25]
Nicky Spence’s theatrical reading should be a natural choice for those wanting an English language version, but also an interesting alternative for already well-stocked collectors.
(1859-1925) Piano Works 3
- Anna Paras (piano) rec. 2021 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0536 [53:21]
Yet another new name with something of true merit to say.
Christian Ferras (violin)
Concert Tours in Europe 1961-74 MELOCLASSIC MC2049 [77:54 + 76:47]
Ferras in warhorses but also in repertoire new to his discography.
The Myth of Venice
Gawain Glenton (cornettos), Silas Wollston (Metal-pipe organ, Organo di legno, virginals) rec. 2021 DELPHIAN DCD34261 [61:50]
Intriguing and beautifully played.
Motets by Hasse & Porpora - Clint van der Linde (alto),
Les Muffatti rec. 2021 RAMÉE RAM2102 [69:07] [JV] Expressive and stylistically convincing performances by Clint van der Linde.