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OF THE MONTH Walter
BRAUNFELS (1882-1954) Te Deum Leonie Rysanek (soprano),
Helmut Melchert (tenor), Hermann Werner (organ), Gürzenich
Ch, Cologne RSO/Günter Wand rec. 1952 ACANTA [WK] An
overwhelming historical recording. A composer finally coming into
his own. One of Wand’s finest performances.
Ellen CHILDS (b. 1957) Wreck Pat
O’Keefe (clarinets); Laura Harada (violin); Michelle Kinney
(cello); Jacqueline Ultan (cello); Peter O’Gorman (percussion)
rec. 2011 INNOVA [DC] Intriguing,
but a bit of a patchwork.
GRAINGER (1882-1961) Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra
- Sydney Chamber Ch, Melbourne SO & Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec.
[MC] Highly enjoyable. Grainger enthusiasts
will be in their element.
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Violin Concerto Pyotr
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto Pablo de SARASATE
(1844-1908) Gipsy Airs/Zigeunerweisen Gerhard
Taschner (violin) Michael Raucheisen (piano) Bamberg SO/Fritz Lehmann,
Berlin PO/Arthur Rother rec. 1943-53 MDG [SG] A
violinist worthy of attention.
PENDERECKI (b. 1933) Piano Concerto, Flute Concerto - Barry
Douglas (piano) Łukasz Długosz (flute) Warsaw PO/Antoni
Wit rec. 2010 NAXOS [LW] This latest
volume in Naxos’ Penderecki series contains one misfire and
SCODANIBBIO (1956-2012) Reinventions -
Quartetto Prometeo rec. 2011 ECM NEW SERIES [DC]
You’ve never heard a string quartet sound quite like this.
VERDI (1813-1901) La Battaglia di Legnano -
Leonardo López Linares (baritone) Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano)
Enrico Giuseppe Iori (bass) Ch & O del Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe
Verdi” di Trieste/Boris Brott rec. 2012 C MAJOR
[ST] A bit
of a damp squib but if you want a DVD then this is practically your
WAGNER (1813-1883) Overtures and orchestral excerpts from
the operas Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Juan, Tod
und Verklärung, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche,
Metamorphosen - Christa Ludwig (mezzo) Helga Dernesch
(soprano) Philharmonia & New Philharmonia O/Otto Klemperer rec.
1960/70 EMI CLASSICS [PCG] A most
enjoyable listening experience.
Caballé sings Bellini and Verdi arias rec. 1971-74
EMI CLASSICS [RJF] A fitting, if
limited, selection from EMI of the great Spanish soprano’s
repertoire in this, her eightieth, year.
- A sequence for Lent, St. Joseph and the Annunciation -
Peter Stevens (organ) Westminster Cathedral Ch/Martin Baker rec.
2012 HYPERION [GH]
Cast in a mood of beauty and sobriety that is spiritually enhancing.
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