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Monday October 23rd
169 reviews completed so far this month

Vernon DUKE (1903-1969) Complete Works for Violin - Elmira Darvarova (violin) ORF RSO Wien/Scott Dunn rec. 2012/14 URLICHT AUDIOVISUAL UAV-5990 [78:59] [RB] Faithful to Duke and warmly affectionate to his starlit cantabile music.

Francesco DURANTE (1684-1755) Concertos for Strings - Ens Imaginaire/Cristina Corrieri rec. 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95542 [45:25 + 52:40] [CRo] Not the very best performances, but the completeness of this issue might recommend it to specialists.

Siegmund von HAUSEGGER (1872-1948) Barbarossa, Three Hymns - Hans Christoph Begemann (bass-baritone) Norrköping SO/Antony Hermus rec. 2011 CPO 777 666-2 [65:10] [RB] A vivid creative imagination at work but inspiration slides in and out of focus.

Roland LEISTNER-MAYER (b. 1945) String Quartets 5-7 - Sojka Qt rec. 2016 TYXART TXA17090 [77:15] [SG] Attractive and compelling scores, recommended without reservation.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) March, Haffner Serenade Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Serenade - Musikkollegium Winterthur/Roberto González Monjas rec. 2017 CLAVES 50-1710 [72.03] [MC] Two serenades written by young composers, provide light hearted enjoyment in spades.

Nikolay ROSLAVETS (1881-1944) Complete Works for Solo Piano - Olga Andryushchenko (piano) rec. 2016
GRAND PIANO GP743-44 [44:37 + 53:36] [RHa] A triumphant set from Grand Piano in performances that complement those on Hamelin’s legendary 1997 disc.

Philip SAWYERS (b. 1951) Orchestral Works Vol. 3 - April Frederick (soprano) English String O, English SO/Kenneth Woods rec. 2015/17 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6353 [66.54] [GH] A composer new to me, whose work I am very glad to have encountered.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony - Czech PO/Semyon Bychkov rec. 2017 DECCA 483 2320 [59:19] [JQ] An extremely distinguished and very exciting account of Manfred.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Audrey Hepburn – A Touch of Music Music from films starring Audrey Hepburn MILAN 399 834-2 [71.01] [IL] Sheer delight. An old-fashioned film music collection to savour.

Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 Domo Works by Abril, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin & Stravinsky rec. 2016 PENTATONE PTC5186660 SACD [65:45] [BSt] Mostly extremely well recorded and worth hearing, not least for Subdin’s fabulous Scriabin Fifth Sonata.


Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Autumn 2017-2 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Florent Schmitt on Timpani - a survey by Rob Barnett

Forgotten Records: Russian and East European Adventures - a survey by Rob Barnett

Derek Bourgeois - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton


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