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OF THE MONTH
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
String Quintet 2 Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b.1933)
Leaves of an Unwritten Diary
ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0334 [53:52]
[BR] A new masterpiece, an old classic, two great performances, and my first 2015 Recording of the Month.
(1857-1934) Symphonies 1 & 2, Cello Concerto, Pomp and
Circumstance Marches - André Navarra (cello) Halle O/Sir John Barbirolli;
London SO/Sir Arthur Bliss rec. 1954/58 MAJOR CLASSICS M2CD008
[79:49 + 79:13] [EML] Extremely valuable recordings let down by presentation.
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Piano Trios - Trio Wanderer rec. 2014 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902192 [57:35]
[MC] Trio Wanderer caught in unrivalled form.
FIBICH (1850-1900) Orchestral
Music Vol. 4: Overtures - Czech Ntl SO/Marek
Štilec rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573310
[66:00] [RMay] These performances
demonstrate artistic and technical expertise
and deep commitment to Fibich.
John METCALF (b.1946) Under Milk Wood - Michael Douglas Jones (bass-baritone), Karina Lucas (mezzo),
Elizabeth Donovan (soprano), Wyn Davies (music director) rec. 2014 TŶ CERDD TCR013 [60.13 + 48.58] [PCG] A modern opera that deserves the attention of all those who are concerned about the future evolution of the musical stage.
OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Violin Concerto 1-5,
Sinfonia Concertante -
Rachel Barton-Pine (violin), Matthew Lipman (viola)
ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner
AVIE AV2317 [67:35 + 79:24]
[NB] Delightful ... beautifully performed and presented.
RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Music for Two Pianos - Martha Argerich,
Nelson Goerner, Lilya Zilberstein, Gabriela Montero (pianos) rec. 2003/09 WARNER
CLASSICS 2564 623594 [78:40 + 40:04] [DC] Bathe in a pianistic
seascape of marvels.
(1813-1883) Orchestral excerpts - Simón Bolívar SO of Venezuela/Gustavo
Dudamel rec. 2014 GUSTAVO DUDAMEL/FIDELIO ARTS [65:55]
[DM] The Bolívars are superb in the Ring excerpts; their Tristan
is still a work in progress.
Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 2015 SONY 88875
035492 [51:58 + 53:12] [BW] There’s
more than enough that’s different from
other years to make this a most enjoyable and
Psalm Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos - Simon Desbruslais
(trumpet) O of the Swan/Kenneth Woods, David Curtis rec. 2012/13 SIGNUM
SIGCD403 [65:49] [HC] A most interesting programme superbly
played and recorded.
& RECENT ARTICLES
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