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Friday May 1st
10 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St. Matthew Passion - Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr rec. 2014 AAM RECORDS [JQ] Expertly sung and played, but I have reservations over the conducting.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto; Romance; Mazurek; Violin Sonatina - Thomas Albertus Irnberger (violin) Pavel Kašpar (piano) Prague Philharmonia/Petr Altrichter rec. 2014 GRAMOLA SACD [JW] I like this performance’s honesty and whole-heartedness.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Suites for Harpsichord Vol. 3 - Gilbert Rowland (harpsichord) rec. 2014 DIVINE ART [JF] Rowland's playing is admirable throughout.

Edvin KALLSTENIUS (1881-1967) Symphony 1; Sinfonietta 2; Musica Sinfonica - Helsingborg SO/Frank Beermann rec. 2007 CPO [SG] I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of a Kallstenius series.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Urlicht Lieder - Christianne Stotijn (mezzo) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2006 ONYX [MC] Crystal clear diction, natural warmth and mellow timbre, this singer's personality and expressiveness makes a vivid impression.

Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Choral Works - Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison rec. 2012/13 NAXOS [GH] A good quality, budget CD presenting so well in so many areas.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1967) Symphonies 2 & 7 - BBC Ntl O Wales/Thomas Søndergård rec. 2014 LINN RECORDS SACD [PCG] Does not do justice to performances that in the concert hall have really been something very special indeed.

Diana Damrau (soprano) Fiamma del Belcanto - Teatro Regio Torino O/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2014 ERATO [MC] Damrau displays a range of excellence from a truly caressing pianissimo to her most dramatic outpouring of emotion.

The English Cathedral Series Vol. XVIII: Worcester Christopher Allsop (organ) rec. 2014 REGENT [BW] An eclectic and attractive programme, very well performed on the new Worcester organ.

Postcard from Heaven Works by Cage, Coates, Tcherepnin & Tenney - Susan Allen, Marilu Donavan, Ellie Choate, Jullian Risigari-Gai, Jaclyn Urlik (harp), Colton Lytle (bowed vibraphone) rec. 2014 NEW WORLD RECORDS [DC] Ancient instrument meets modern music-makers.


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