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100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


Recordings of the Month


Che fai tù? - Villanelles

Cyrillus KREEK
The suspended harp of Babel

violin concertos - Ibragimova

Peteris VASKS
Viola concerto - Maxim Rysanov

The Complete Lotte Schöne


Beethoven String Quartets

Produzioni Armoniche

Seven Symphonic Poems

Shostakovich VC1 Baiba Skride
Tchaikovsky Symph 5 Nelsons

Vivaldi Violin Concertos



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Tuesday August 11th
Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Chamber Music
Samuli Peltonen (cello) Sonja Fräki (piano) Jaakko Kuusisto, Pekka Kuusisto (violin) rec. 2017/18
[80:43] [SSi]

An excellent, well thought out introduction to Aho's chamber music, expertly performed throughout.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 5-7
Richard WAGNER (1811-1883)
Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebstod, Parsifal excerpts
NBC SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. live, 1942/43
[73:10 + 79:27] [DD]

Superbly transferred recordings of special concerts when Stokowski was at the helm of NBC.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphonies No. 4 & 7
Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 1980/1
MDG 6502150-2
[2 CDs: 134:58] [LD]

This two-fer is a welcome to the catalogue of one classic and one fine recording of perhaps the two most popular Bruckner symphonies.

Edward COWIE (b. 1943)
Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Concerto for Orchestra
Alan Hacker (clarinet) Royal Liverpool PO/Howard Williams rec. 1983/1984
[44:38] [JF]

An amazing disc.
Sir Alexander Campbell MACKENZIE (1847-1935)
Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol. 3
Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2017
 [70:06] [JW]

Howell is a wise and true guide to a variable but valuable portfolio of works.
Bernhard ROMBERG (1767-1841)
Sonatas for Harp and Cello
Zsuzsanna Aba-Nagy (harp) Zsuzsa Szolnoki (cello) rec. 2015
[77.29] [IL]

Pleasant and not without its charms; but not really consequential.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767)

The Colourful Telemann

Indianapolis Baroque O/Barthold Kuijken rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.573900
[64:41] [BW]

Looks likely to become a perennial favourite.
Giovanni Battista VITALI (1632-1692)
Partite & Sonate

Italico Splendore rec. 2017
[60:03] [JV]

Vitali at his most unconventional.
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia
Cappella Romana/Alexander Lingas rec. 2016
[CD: 76:50 & Blu-ray: 80 mins] [MS]

A beautifully compelling rendering of Byzantine chant reproduced with the ‘recreated’ acoustic of the Hagia Sophia.
The Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music 2019
Vol. 6 - Prize Winners

DUX 1658
[77:47] [GF]

A valuable document from a competition that hopefully will continue to thrive.

Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos - a survey by Ralph Moore

 Piano Trio Discography & Survey: Beethoven
This completes the discography, which will be now updated every 6 months.

Masterwork Index: Schumann's Cello Concerto

Erich Gruenberg, violinist
12 October 1924 – 7 August 2020
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Verdi's Luisa Miller - a survey by Ralph Moore

Looking at Reizenstein's Cyrano de Bergerac Overture by John France


July 2020 Recordings of the Month
Kapsberger - Che fai tů? - Muso
Kreek - The Suspended Harp of Babel - ECM
Shostakovich - Violin concertos - Hyperion
Vasks - Viola concerto - BIS
Lotte Schöne - Complete Recordings - Marston

New Jazz Reviews
Charlie Parker ~ Easy Riders Jazz Band ~ Gene Austin ~ Sidney Bechet ~ Dutch Swing College Band

Recent from Acte Prealable
Wiktor Labunski (1895-1974) Complete Piano Works
Juliusz Wertheim (1880-1928) Songs Vols 1 & 2

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