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REFERENCE RECORDINGS

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Acte Prealable returns
with New Releases


Anderson Choral music


colourful and intriguing


Artyomov
Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble


one of Berlioz greatest works


Rebecca Clarke Frank Bridge
High-octane performances


An attractive Debussy package


immaculate Baiba Skride


eloquent Cello Concerto


tension-filled work


well crafted and intense


Laangaard
another entertaining volume


reeking of cordite


Pappano with a strong cast


imaginatively constructed quartets


the air from another planet


vibrantly sung


NOT a budget performance


very attractive and interesting


finesse and stylistic assurance

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Tuesday March 19th
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Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Nympholept, Sonatas, Hungarian Dances, The Happy Forest - Natalia Williams-Wandoch (piano) rec. 2018 USK RECORDINGS USK1236CD [59:00] [NB] An excellent debut recital.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Billy Budd - Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence, Ch & O Teatro Real Madrid/Ivor Bolton rec. 2017 BEL AIR CLASSIQUES BAC554 Blu-ray [175 mins] [RC] A most compelling account of one of the great operas of the 20th century.

Andrew DOWNES (b. 1950) Chamber works - Rupert Marshall Luck (violin, viola), Duncan Honeybourne (piano) rec. 2017 EM RECORDS EMRCD056 [67:20] [SSi] A lovely disc, which will be enjoyed greatly by all followers of English music.

Gian Carlo MENOTTI (1911-2007) The Medium, The Telephone - Julija Samsonova-Khayet (mezzo) Lorenzo Grante (baritone) Elizabeth Hertzberg (soprano) O Filarmonica Italiana/Flavio Emilio Scogna rec. 2018 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95361 [65:13 + 24:58] [NH] A number of caveats, but it’s been very good to hear some Menotti again.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Discovered Tapes - Pietro Scarpini (piano) rec. 1953-75 RHINE CLASSICS RH-014 [65:28 + 72:30] [SG] Buried treasures revealed.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concertos 1-4, Paganini Rhapsody - Sergei Rachmaninov (piano) Philadelphia O/Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy rec. 1929-41 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC544 [2 CDs: 137:25] [EJW] An astonishing remastering of these legendary recordings.

Fro bin ich dein Musical treasures from 16th century Basel - Ensemble Canti B rec. 2015 COVIELLO CLASSICS COV91708 [59:32] [JV] A very entertaining disc with a mixture of familiar and little-known pieces.

Güher & Süher Pekinel (pianos) Treasures ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray/DVD/CD 109366 [13 discs: 1034 mins] [RC] A most welcome tribute to two rare talents who have few if any peers in their category.

Salut d’amour Sueye Park (violin), Love Derwinger (piano) rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2382 SACD [58:43] [GF] Totally convincing.

Streya Olivia De Prato (violin) Samson Young, Missy Mazzoli (electronics) NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS FCR193 [45:08] [JW] A fearless and sensitive performer of cutting-edge contemporary music.

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Second Thoughts & Short Reviews Winter 2019-2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

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