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Tuesday May 3rd
21 reviews completed so far this month

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Complete Keyboard Variations - Andrea Coen (pianoforte) rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [SSi] This is a set of real interest and appeal, a must for all C.P.E. Bach devotees.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas for Soprano Solo - Dorothee Mields (soprano) L'Orfeo Barock O/Michi Gaigg rec. 2014 CARUS [MC] Rewarding performances with Mields in outstanding form.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 3, Coriolan Overture - Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall rec. 1994 ALIA VOX SACD [DBi] The most thrilling period performance I have heard of both works, beautifully re-mastered.

Birke J. BERTELSMEIER (b. 1981) Folklich - Ens Modern/Jonathan Stockhammer, Armida Qt, Birke J. Bertelsmeier (piano) rec. 2008-15 COL LEGNO [DC] Plenty going on here.

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen - Rihat Shaham (mezzo) Dmytro Popov (tenor) Australia Opera & Ballet O/Brian Castles-Onion rec. March 2013 ABC CLASSICS DVD [RJF] This staging and performance do credit to Opera Australia in a spectacular open-air venue in Sydney Harbour.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 1, Ballades - Paul Lewis (piano) Swedish RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI [DM] A disappointing release; greater rewards lie elsewhere.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 1 - O Suisse Romande/Marek Janowski rec. 2011 PENTATONE CLASSICS SACD [SV] Rich and powerful with a nice sense of space around those chorales but the brainless Finale rules the whole thing out of court.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Vespro della Beata Vergine - Monteverdi Ch, English Baroque Soloists, Les Pages du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2014 ALPHA DVD/Blu-ray [JQ] A superb and thrilling performance.

Guy SACRÉ (b.1948) Mélodies Vol. 2 - Florence Katz (mezzo) Jean-François Gardeil (baritone) Billy Eidi (piano) rec. 2014/15 TIMPANI [RB] Projected with loving dedication and concentration

Hymns to St Cecilia Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Ch Royal Holloway/Rupert Gough rec. 2013 HYPERION [EML] Beautiful works, well-performed, with excellent sound-quality and good production values.


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