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Monday March 30th
224 reviews completed so far this month
Ronald Stevenson, composer
6 March 1928 – 28 March 2015

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto 4 & cadenzas - Jerome Lowenthal (piano) rec. 2007 LP CLASSICS [GA] The concerto recording is fine, but it is the collection of cadenzas that give this disc its special appeal.

Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Violin Concerto E.J. MOERAN (1894-1950) Violin Concerto Arnold BAX (1833-1953) Violin Concerto William WALTON (1902-1983) Cello Concerto - Derek Collier, Alfredo Campoli, André Gertler (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1957-61 LYRITA RECORD EDITION [DC] Uniquely valuable historic BBC recordings.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 2 & 6 - Royal Stockholm PO/Sakari Oramo rec. 2014 4 BIS SACD [DM] A feisty, unfettered Second and a benchmark Sixth; a triumph for all concerned.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) String Quartet 2 Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Three Pieces, Concertino Jerome KERN (1885-1945) Arrangements - Gordon String Qt rec. 1942-53 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] I’ve always enjoyed the playing of the Gordon Quartet.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Songs - Viktoriya Dodoka (soprano), Iola Shelley (piano) ATOLL [RWe] Dodoka sounds born to these songs.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Fantaisie - David Fray, Jacques Rouvier (piano) rec. 2014 ERATO [ST] Fray takes another step forwards as a poet of the piano and establishing him as a serious voice in the Schubertian world.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Quatuors Parisiens - Les Ombres rec. 2013 MIRARE [JV] Those who don't need a complete recording of the Paris Quartets should seriously consider this disc.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Le quattro stagioni, Concerto for 4 violins, Violin concerto - Australian CO/Richard Tognetti (violin) rec. 2014 BIS SACD [DC] One to treasure.

Piotr Beczala (tenor) Slavic Opera Arias - Polish Radio SO/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2009 ORFEO [MC] A wonderful talent ... Opera lovers will surely savour this collection.

Easter from King's Ch King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleoburyry rec. 2013 KING’S COLLEGE DVD [JQ] A DVD that marks the Easter season very well despite rather safe programme planning.


Composer Dobrinka Tabakova in Conversation with Rob Barnett

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National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos M-R by Mike Herman

David Jennings' Sonatina No. 2 by John France

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Raphael Wallfisch on Nimbus - discography & review links

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