Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Secular Cantatas VIII: Celebratory Cantatas -
Hana Blažíková (soprano), Hiroya Aoki (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor) & Roderick Williams (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki
BIS BIS2231 SACD [70:23] [RWe]
A superb issue in a superb series.
Claude BAKER (b. 1948)
Piano Concerto, Aus Schwanengesang -
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Indianapolis SO/Gilbert Varga, Juanjo Mena
rec. 2009/11 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559804 [50:00]
[RHa] I’m sure there will be some who derive more satisfaction from this issue than I did.
John BLOW (1649-1708)
An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell -
Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68149 [76:36]
[MS] A thoroughly idiomatic, compelling and technically striking set of works.
Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987)
Trio - Ives Ens rec. 1996 HAT[NOW]ART 155 [76:04] [JW]
A reissue that continues to impress.
Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931)
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Estelí Gomez (soprano), John Taylor Ward (baritone), Seattle Symphony/Thomas Dausgaard
rec. 2015/17 SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA SSM1017 [70:50] [DM]
Muscular performances that fall short of the best; ditto the sound.
Louis PELOSI (b. 1947)
Preludes and Fugues -
Mateusz Borowiak (piano) rec. 2011/12 KASP RECORDS 57731 [40:58 + 45:43]
An intriguing encounter.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Bo Skovhus (baritone)
Stefan Vladar (piano)
rec. 2016 CAPRICCIO C5292 [62:39] [GF] I’m already looking forward to this pair’s Winterreise.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies Nos 1,
2 & 4, Nutcracker Suite -
Boston SO/Michael Tilson Thomas,
New Philharmonia O & Vienna PO/Claudio Abbado,
Berlin PO/Ferdinand Leitner
rec. 1959-75 ELOQUENCE 482 6168 [2 CDs: 142:34] [CC] A wonderful selection of performances of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, small blemishes notwithstanding.
Christmas at Westminster Abbey Christopher Herrick (organ),
Ch Westminster Abbey/Simon Preston
rec. 1984. ELOQUENCE 4828564
[BW] Christmas music very well covered in just under an hour.
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