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Monday January 18th

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Secular Vocal Quartets with Piano Vol. 2
Norddeutscher Figuralchor/Jorg Straube rec. 2014/15
MDG 9471920-6 SACD
[65:41] [RWe]

An excellent survey of this surprisingly varied repertoire.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Piano Quartets No. 1-2 etc.
Fauré Quartett rec. 2020
BERLIN CLASSICS 0301422BC
[72:57] [SSi]

The disc marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ensemble.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) & Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Trios
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Notturno
Trio Isimsiz rec. 2019 
RUBICON RCD1048
 [67:51] [DD]

An enjoyable collection.

Joseph LAUBER (1864-1952)
Symphonies Nos 1 & 2
Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn/Kaspar Zehnder rec. 2020
SCHWEIZER FONOGRAMM
[73:45] [JW]

Lauber shows himself to be a highly competent symphonist in these two early examples.


David MATTHEWS (b. 1943)

Symphony No. 8, Toward Sunrise, Sinfonia, A Vision of the Sea
BBC Philharmonic/Jac van Steen rec. 2017
SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD647
[67:47] [JQ]

This splendid disc is a notable addition to David Matthews’ discography.

Józef WIENIAWSKI (1837-1912)
Piano Works Volume 5
Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska (piano) rec. 2020
ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0474
 [62:42] [RCh]

An appealing addition to Józef Wieniawski's growing discography.

casalQuartett (ensemble)
Beethovens Welt 1799-1851: Der Revolutionär und seine Rivalen
rec. 2017-2019 SOLO MUSICA SM283 [5 CDs: 311:52] [RMo]

This programme elegantly and judiciously educates us in the development of the form.

In the Age of Debussy
Music by Lili Boulanger, Debussy, Dukas, Caplet and Fauré
Ransom Wilson (flute), François Dumont (piano) rec. 2019
NIMBUS NI6407
[64:50] [JF]

An innovative take on Debussy.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf (viola)
ReVIOLAtion
Music by Druzhinin, Weinberg, Vieuxtemps and Bacewicz rec. 2017
NAXOS 8.551432
[50:58] [PBW]

Deserves a warm welcome, both for choice of repertoire and for the classy performances.

Smoke Encrypted Whispers
Poetry by Samuel Wagan Watson with incidental music
Ron Haddrick (reader) Southern Cross Soloists rec. 2011/12
MELBA RECORDINGS MR301140
[79:57] [RHa]

An imaginatively conceived presentation of musical miniatures linking a moving sequence of poems from a pioneering and powerful indigenous voice.

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