Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Variations on a Theme of Paganini Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonata No. 6 - Mikhail Faerman (piano) rec. 1980 ELOQUENCE 482 5876 [50:40] [CC] A welcome reissue.
Félicien DAVID (1810-1876) A Portrait rec. 2014/16 EDICIONES SINGULARES ES1028 [3 CDs: 234:35 + book] [SG] For anyone coming to this composer for the first time, as I suspect many will be, this set provides an ideal introduction.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Overtures - O Ntl de Lille/Darrell Ang
rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573694
[DM] Ang is a natural in this repertoire; inspired playing and top-notch
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
La Boheme - Giorgio Berrugi (tenor) Irina Lungu (soprano)
Ch & O Teatro Regio, Turin/Gianandrea Noseda
rec. 2016 C MAJOR 742608 DVD [112 mins]
[RJF] The stark modern setting does little to help Noseda bring all the emotion that is present in Puccini’s music to the fore.
Ernst TOCH (1887-1964) Solo Piano Pieces
Anna Magdalena Kokits (piano) rec. 2015/16 CAPRICCIO C5293 [61:02]
[RK] An often surprising hour of carefully constructed keyboard miniatures, played with panache.
Laila Andersson-Palme (soprano) From Queen of the Night to Elektra rec. 1970/88 STERLING CDA1806/07-2 [79:39 + 79:40] [GF] Sterling deserve an armful of roses for releasing this full-length portrait of one of the great Swedish singers of the last few decades.
The Art of Dancing 21st-Century Concertos for Trumpet, Piano and Strings -
Simon Desbruslais (trumpet)
Clare Hammond (piano) English String O/Kenneth Woods rec. 2015/16 SIGNUM SIGCD513 [63:02] [RHa] Simon Desbruslais’ missionary zeal reduces the chance of repertoire crises for today’s solo trumpeters - a quartet of entertaining new double concertante works.
Works by Pisendel, Tartini, Veracini & Vivaldi - Brecon Baroque rec.
2016 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA39217 SACD [69:08] [DC] Full of verve and colour; rich pickings for fans of 18th century violin virtuosity.
Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2016 rec.
2016 DANACORD DACOCD789 [78:31] [JW]
Another sure-fire winner from Husum.
Works by Telemann, CPE Bach, Abel & Fasch -
Alon Sariel (mandolin, archlute, baroque guitar)
Concereto Foscari rec. 2016 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300934BC [66:03]
[MR] Often stylistically questionable, but it is impossible not to be captivated by the vigour and enthusiasm of these enchanting performances.
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