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Monday August 29th
233 reviews completed so far this month

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Overtures Vol. 1 - O de Cannes/Wolfgang Dörner rec. 2015 NAXOS [GF] You are advised to savour these overtures by stages.

Sir Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Stabat Mater, Batter My Heart Three-Person’d God, Magnificat - English CO/Norman Del Mar, BBC Northern O & Singers, London SO/Lennox Berkeley. rec. 1963-68 LYRITA [JQ] Highly desirable.

John IRELAND (1879-1962) & E.J. MOERAN (1892-1950) Part-songs - Carice Singers/George Parris, David Owen Norris (piano) rec. 2015 NAXOS [JF] Inspired singing.

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Julietta - Frankfurt Opera and Museum O/Sebastian Weigle rec. 2014 OEHMS CLASSICS [PCG] Not the urgently needed substitute in modern sound for the 1964 Supraphon.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) All-Night Vigil - West German Radio Ch/Nicolas Fink rec. 2013 CARUS [WH] Beautifully sung and recorded, this Vigil might be too disciplined and restrained for some. 

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde - Ramon Vinay (tenor), Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Karl Böhm rec. 1960 PRISTINE AUDIO [RMo] A highly desirable memento of a great occasion.

British Serenade Works by Arnold, Carr, Elgar, Jenkins, Lewis & Shearman - Chamber Ensemble London/Peter Fisher rec. 2015 HERITAGE [JWh] A valuable collection of premieres.

Dancer on a Tightrope Works by Bacewicz, Cage, Gubaidulina, Hindemith, Prokofiev & Schnittke - Bartosz Woroch (violin) Mei Yi Foo (piano) rec. 2015 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS [JW] For the adventurous listener with performances that are stylistically apt and technically imposing.

Herbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen rec. 1967/68 C MAJOR DVD [IL] A tribute to a monumental ego.

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps A film by Peter Rump rec. 1999 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [RWe] This 1999 film feels dated, and its main value now is in seeing and hearing Gergiev’s close and enduring relationship with a great masterpiece.

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack BERLIN CLASSICS [DHu] Want to samba to Bach?


[New] Cellist Jan Vogler in conversation with Michael Cookson

Jules Massenet: His Life and Works - a major survey by Nick Fuller (6 Mb PDF file)

The Hickox Legacy series from Chandos - a survey by Rob Barnett

MWI Recommends: Bach St John Passion & Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.


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