Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Complete
Keyboard Variations - Andrea Coen (pianoforte)
rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [SSi] This is a set of real
interest and appeal, a must for all C.P.E. Bach
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Cantatas for Soprano
Solo - Dorothee Mields (soprano)
L'Orfeo Barock O/Michi Gaigg rec. 2014
CARUS [MC] Rewarding
performances with Mields in outstanding form.
OF THE MONTH
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony
3, Coriolan Overture - Le Concert
des Nations/Jordi Savall rec. 1994 ALIA
VOX SACD [DBi] The
most thrilling period performance I have heard
of both works, beautifully re-mastered.
J. BERTELSMEIER (b. 1981) Folklich
- Ens Modern/Jonathan Stockhammer, Armida Qt, Birke J. Bertelsmeier
2008-15 COL LEGNO [DC] Plenty going on here.
BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen
- Rihat Shaham (mezzo) Dmytro Popov (tenor)
& Ballet O/Brian Castles-Onion rec. March
2013 ABC CLASSICS DVD [RJF] This staging and performance
do credit to Opera Australia in a spectacular
open-air venue in Sydney Harbour.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano
Concerto 1, Ballades - Paul Lewis (piano)
Swedish RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2016 HARMONIA
MUNDI [DM] A disappointing
release; greater rewards lie elsewhere.
BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony
1 - O Suisse Romande/Marek Janowski rec.
2011 PENTATONE CLASSICS SACD [SV] Rich and powerful with a nice
sense of space around those chorales but the
brainless Finale rules the whole thing
out of court.
OF THE MONTH
Vespro della Beata
Vergine - Monteverdi Ch, English
Baroque Soloists, Les Pages du Centre de Musique
Baroque de Versailles/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
rec. 2014 ALPHA DVD/Blu-ray
[JQ] A superb and thrilling performance.
SACRÉ (b.1948) Mélodies Vol. 2 - Florence Katz (mezzo) Jean-François
Gardeil (baritone) Billy Eidi (piano) rec. 2014/15
Projected with loving dedication and concentration
to St Cecilia Dame Felicity
Lott (soprano), Ch Royal Holloway/Rupert Gough rec.
2013 HYPERION [EML] Beautiful works, well-performed, with
excellent sound-quality and good production
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