OF THE MONTH
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Diabelli
Variations - Martin Helmchen (piano) rec.
2017 ALPHA 386 [55:03] [ST]
This new kid on the block has just carved out
a very special niche for himself.
BURGESS (1917-1993) The Bad-Tempered
Electronic Keyboard: 24 Preludes & Fugues
- Stephane Ginsburgh (piano) rec. 2017 GRAND
PIANO GP773 [82:18] [RHa] Avoid
this – stick to his writing.
String Quartet, Piano Quintet - Paavali Jumppanen
(piano) Quatuor Danel CPO 555 088-2
[76.30] [RBe] A fine pairing of major chamber
works by César Franck.
Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Manon - Germaine Féraldy (soprano), Louis Guénot (bass-baritone), Josef Rogatchewsky (tenor),
Ch and O of the Opéra-Comique, Paris/Elie Cohen
rec. 1928 ITALIAN MUSIC COMPANY 200206 [76.08 + 65.25] [RMo]
Every lover of Massenet at his best will enjoy this.
Charles O’BRIEN (1882-1968) Sonata for Piano Trios 1 &
2; Two Waltzes -
Yuri Kalnits (violin), Alexander Volpov (cello), Oleg Poliansky (piano) rec.
2017 TOCCATA TOCC0464 [59:54] [JW] This makes a good case for these works.
Sir William STERNDALE BENNETT (1816-1875) Piano Concertos
1, 2 & 3 -
BBC Scottish SO/Howard Shelley (piano)
rec. 2016 HYPERION CDA68178 [79:31] [RWe]
Sterndale Bennett is worth investigating, and this very well filled new disc is at least a recommendable starting point.
STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of
Charles CAMILLERI (1931-2009)
Concerto Bela BARTOK (1881-1945)
Sonata - Kathryn
Page, Murray McLachlan (pianos) Heather Corbett,
Stephen Burke (percussion) rec. 2005/6 DIVERSIONS
DDV24167 [82:14] [JF] An excellent
CD: the recorded sound is ideal, and the performances
Light Divine Aksel Rykkvin (treble),
Mark Bennett (trumpet),
MiN Ensemble/Lazar Miletic rec. 2017 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD526 [63:47]
[GF] The last opportunity to hear Aksel Rykkvin as a treble, but lend an ear to
the fabulous playing of the instrumental music as well.
OF THE MONTH
Stutzmann (contralto) Quella
fiamma: Arie antiche - Orfeo 55 rec.
2016 ERATO 9029 576529
[73:20] [NH] Conceived with great intelligence,
creativity and sympathy, and performed with
consummate virtuosity and dedication.
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