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Christmas Oratorio -
Monteverdi Ch, English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
EUROARTS DVD 2045098 [2 DVDs: 142:00 +
bonus 56:00] [JQ] A splendid and very satisfying account of Bach’s great Christmas present to music-lovers.
JANACEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta, Capriccio,
Little Vixen suite - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Bergen PO/Edward Gardner rec. 2014 CHANDOS
CHSA5142 SACD [64:05] [DC] More
Hollywood than Moravian woods, but still superb.
8 Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Overture to Oberon
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin
Concerto 1 - Hilary Hahn (violin) Berlin PO/Mariss
Jansons rec. 2000 EUROARTS DVD 2050448
Will bring enormous delight ... a pleasure to
see the great Mariss Jansons in action.
Anders KOPPEL (b. 1947)
Marimba concertos 1-4 -
Marianna Bednarska (marimba)
Aalborg SO/Henrik Vagn Christensen
DACAPO 6.220595 SACD [78:51] [JW] Marimba fans, apply within.
Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594) Missa Hodie Christus natus est, O magnum mysterium, Christe redemptor omnium, Magnificat primi toni - Westminster Cathedral Ch/Martin Baker rec. 2003 HYPERION HELIOS CDH55367 [78:20] [ST] A sense of swing and ebullience matched with moments of serious contemplation. Hyperion have done a very good job of capturing the live-ness of this acoustic.
PAULUS (1949-2014) Veil of
Tears, Concerto for
String Quartet, Grand Concerto
for Organ - Nathan J. Laube (organ)
Nashville SO/Giancarlo Guerrero rec. 2012/2013
NAXOS 8.559740 [57:21] [GPJ]
of music by an excitingly gifted American composer
who deserves to become well-known further afield.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Impromptus, Piano Sonata 21 -
Nami Ejiri (piano)
rec. 2014 GENUIN CLASSICS GEN14327 [78:58]
[RWe] A satisfying late Schubert programme ... excellent sound and playing.
Pietà Sacred works
- Ens Artaserse/Philippe Jaroussky (director,
counter-tenor) rec. 2014 ERATO 2564
625750 [CD: 78.30 + DVD: 20.00] [MC]
Dormi Jesu A Caius Christmas
Ch Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Webber
DELPHIAN DCD34152 [63.28] [GH] A super ensemble moulded to deliver a specific and warm sound.
Lux de caelo Music for Christmas
- Ch Clare College, Cambridge; The Dmitri Ensemble/Graham Ross
rec. 2013 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907615 [68:05]
[ST] Plenty here to celebrate.
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