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Tuesday April 25th
182 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies Nos 3, 5 & 7 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 5 - Vienna PO, Israel PO/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1958/9 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4806596 [78:11 + 69:25] [JWh] This is highly recommended.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)/André MESSAGER (1853-1920) Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)/Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Psalm 51 - Mädchenchor Hannover/Gudrun Schröfel rec. 2015/16 RONDEAU ROP6119 [53:46] [MR] Two works, four composers and performances which elevate this music beyond mere historical interest.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Complete String Quartets - Amar Qt rec. 2009/10 NAXOS 8.503290 [3 CDs: 203:15] [SSi] A recording which Hindemith’s string quartets have waited for and deserved. The Amar Quartet effortlessly prove that there is a lot more than counterpoint to this composer’s music.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) 15 Songs - Timothy Fallon (tenor) Ammiel Bushakevitz (piano) rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2272 SACD [65:56] [GF] The interest in Liszt’s songs is apparently on the increase this disc should win many new admirers of them.

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) I 7 Peccati Capitali - Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García Alarcón rec. ALPHA 249 [72:24] [DC] Superb all round - Monteverdi in a glittering new garment.

Wilhelm PETERSON-BERGER (1867-1942) Symphonies Nos 1 & 5 - Royal Opera O/Leif Segerstam rec. 1997 STERLING CDS-1006-2 [72:48] [WK] Great feeling for this music.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes & Fugues - Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. 2015 ROMÉO RECORDS 7315-16 [63:34 + 78:01] [JQ] A rewarding and very fine set.

Aida Garifullina (soprano) Songs & Arias - ORF Radio-SO Wien/Cornelius Meister, Osipov State Russian Folk O/Vitaly Gnutov rec. 2015/2016 DECCA 478 8305 [58.53] [MC] A ravishingly sung album of soprano songs and arias.

Louis Kentner (piano) Works by Balakirev, Liszt & Lyapunov rec. 1939-1949 APR 6020 [70:41 + 72:19] [JW] Fine examples of Louis Kentner at his considerable peak.

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) Radio Recordings - Ch Bayerischen Rundfunks & Münchner Rundfunk O/Kurt Eichhorn, Siegfried Köhler, Willy Mattes, Hans Moltkau, Meinhard von Zallinger rec. 1959-66 BR KLASSIK 900315 LP [45.49] [DBi] An excellent new LP of what might be called 'The One Tenor'.


[New] Three articles by Stuart Scott (pdf):
The Piccolo Soloists
A Flute for the Tsar
Flautists of the Royal Italian Opera

Forgotten Artists: Luigi Toffolo by Christopher Howell

The Music of Johann Rufinatscha by Andrew Hartman

Ferdinand Hérold: Life and Music by Nick Fuller (pdf)


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