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Tuesday May 24th
176 reviews completed so far this month

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 8 - Berlin PO/Karl Böhm rec. 1969 TESTAMENT [SG] A visionary interpretation of rhetorical eloquence.

Ferenc FARKAS (1905-2000) Songs from Seven Decades - Andrea Meláth (mezzo soprano) Tünde Szabóki (soprano) István Dominkó (piano) rec. 2015 HUNGAROTON [JW] A wide variety of styles from across the decades.

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916) Chamber Music with Piano - Trio Rodin rec. 2013 ĆVEA [SB] A worthwhile calling-card with some attractive music.

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Peer Gynt Suites, Norwegian Dances - English Ch O/Raymond Leppard rec. 1975 PENTATONE SACD [GPJ] A fitting memento of a fine musical partnership from the 1970s.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kenneth HESKETH (b. 1968) Through Magic Casements, Horae, Notte Oscura, Japanese Miniatures - Clare Hammond (piano) rec. 2015 BIS SACD [DC] Awards await this remarkable release.

Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Complete Piano Music - Jeroen van Veen, Sandra van Veen (piano) rec. 2008-2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [SSi] Some very fine performances but can’t be regarded as in the top-flight due to the choice of tempos in the famous pieces.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Preludes & Fugues - Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. 2015 ROMÉO RECORDS [JW] He is a clear-eyed exponent, and his approach here is hugely impressive.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Story of Le Sacre du Printemps - Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev rec. 1999 ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD [IL] Utterly absorbing; not to be missed.

Devotional Contrafacta Anonima Frottolisti re. 2014 TACTUS [JV] Interesting repertoire which sheds light on a less well-known aspect of renaissance music.

La Reine Morte Ballet & O Ntl Capitole/Koen Kessels rec. 2015 OPUS ARTE DVD [RMay] Intriguing subject matter and fine performances from an accomplished choreographer and his company.

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