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Friday January 24th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Rondo
Boris Giltburg (piano) Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.574151
[73:51] [RC]

Performances to rank with the best, but also the bonus of the splendidly played Rondo.
Paul BEN-HAIM (1897-1984), Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) & Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957)
Cello Concertos
Raphael Wallfisch (cello) BBC Ntl O of Wales/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2018
CPO 555273-2
[67:34] [SG]

More riches, constituting an excellent addition to this increasingly impressive series.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 9
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Parsifal Prelude & Good Friday Spell
Royal Concertgebouw O/Daniele Gatti rec. 2018
RCO LIVE
RCO18008 SACD [80:34] [RMo]

Lovely, if not flawless, performances.
Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) & Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978)
Violin Concertos
Rachel Barton-Pine (violin) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Teddy Abrams rec. 2018
AVIE AV2411
[73:22] [NB]

More individual and nuanced orchestral accompaniments exist elsewhere.
Sir Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962)
Phantasy Concerto, Symphony No.2
Tasmin Little (violin) Melbourne SO/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2018/19
CHANDOS CHSA5193 SACD
[68:21] [JW]

Preparation and execution alike are admirable.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Symphonies Nos 80 & 81, Piano Concerto
Lucas Blondeel (fortepiano) Le Concert d’Anvers/Bart Van Reyn rec. 2016
FUGA LIBERA
FUG755 [62:06] [SSi]

Fine performances which are only a little let down by the lack of some repeats.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Kaleidoscope
Shin-Haea Kang (piano) rec. 2019
OEHMS
CLASSICS OC1713 [72:53] [JWe]

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Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) & Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)
Violin Concertos
Johan Dalene (violin) Norrköping SO/Daniel Blendulf rec. 2019
BIS SACD BIS2440
[58:47] [WH]

A new, young virtuoso shines in an unusual coupling.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
I Due Foscari
Leo Nucci (baritone) Guanqun Yu (soprano) Rundfunk O & Ch/Ivan Repušic rec. 2018
BR KLASSIK 900328
[73:00 + 28:40] [MC]

Led by baritone Leo Nucci, this is an excellent recording of I Due Foscari.


English Piano Trios
Trio Anima Mundi rec. 2017
DIVINE ART
DDA25158 [77:53] [JF]

Each one of these five ‘trios’ is special and deserves our attention.

Completions and Reconstructions of Musical Works - Part 1 by Stephen Barber

The first performance of Adam Pounds' Second Symphony by John France
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