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Monday February 2nd
10 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quintet 2 Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b.1933) Leaves of an Unwritten Diary - Silesian Qnt rec. 2014 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0334 [53:52] [BR] A new masterpiece, an old classic, two great performances, and my first 2015 Recording of the Month.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphonies 1 & 2, Cello Concerto, Pomp and Circumstance Marches - André Navarra (cello) Halle O/Sir John Barbirolli; London SO/Sir Arthur Bliss rec. 1954/58 MAJOR CLASSICS M2CD008 [79:49 + 79:13] [EML] Extremely valuable recordings let down by presentation.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) & Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Piano Trios - Trio Wanderer rec. 2014 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902192 [57:35] [MC] Trio Wanderer caught in unrivalled form.

Zdeněk FIBICH (1850-1900) Orchestral Music Vol. 4: Overtures - Czech Ntl SO/Marek Štilec rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573310 [66:00] [RMay] These performances demonstrate artistic and technical expertise and deep commitment to Fibich.

John METCALF (b.1946) Under Milk Wood - Michael Douglas Jones (bass-baritone), Karina Lucas (mezzo), Elizabeth Donovan (soprano), Wyn Davies (music director)  rec. 2014 TŶ CERDD TCR013 [60.13 + 48.58] [PCG] A modern opera that deserves the attention of all those who are concerned about the future evolution of the musical stage.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 1-5, Sinfonia Concertante - Rachel Barton-Pine (violin), Matthew Lipman (viola) ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner rec. 2013 AVIE AV2317 [67:35 + 79:24] [NB] Delightful ... beautifully performed and presented.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Music for Two Pianos - Martha Argerich, Nelson Goerner, Lilya Zilberstein, Gabriela Montero (pianos) rec. 2003/09 WARNER CLASSICS 2564 623594 [78:40 + 40:04] [DC] Bathe in a pianistic seascape of marvels.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Orchestral excerpts - Simón Bolívar SO of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2014 GUSTAVO DUDAMEL/FIDELIO ARTS [65:55] [DM] The Bolívars are superb in the Ring excerpts; their Tristan is still a work in progress.

Neujahrskonzert 2015 Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 2015 SONY 88875 035492 [51:58 + 53:12] [BW] There’s more than enough that’s different from other years to make this a most enjoyable and worthwhile purchase.

Psalm Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos - Simon Desbruslais (trumpet) O of the Swan/Kenneth Woods, David Curtis rec. 2012/13 SIGNUM SIGCD403 [65:49] [HC] A most interesting programme superbly played and recorded.


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