Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonatas No. 30-32 - Mitsuko Uchida rec. 2005
PHILIPS 475 6935
Steely fingering and rhythmic buoyancy serve Beethoven’s propulsiveness well.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Triple Concerto, Symphony No. 5 -
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Martin Helmchen (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus O/Herbert Blomstedt
rec. 2017 ACCENTUS ACC20411 DVD [78:15] [ST]
It’s perfectly fine, but is that really enough?
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805)
Stabat mater Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) String
Quartet No. 16 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Salve
Dorothee Mields (soprano)
Miriam Shalinsky (double bass) rec. 2016 CARUS 83.470 [72:08]
[JV] Even if you already have a good performance of Boccherini's Stabat mater, this will surpass it.
Péter EÖTVÖS (b. 1944)
Seven, Levitation, CAP-KO - Akiko Suwanai (violin), Richard Hosford (clarinet), John Bradbury (clarinet), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Gothenburg SO,
BBC SO/Péter Eötvös rec. 2001-8
BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTER BMCCD170
A varied programme of Eötvös concertos recommended especially for fans of the composer.
Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950)
Violin Sonata, Piano Quintet - Quintette Syntonia rec. 2016 TIMPANI 1C1241 [72:40]
[SG] The Quintette Syntonia’s performances of these alluring scores are fired with enthusiasm and consummate musicianship.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
María de Buenos Aires - Valentina Montoya Martinez (soprano), Nicholas
Mulroy (tenor), Victor Villena (bandoneon) Mr McFall’s Chamber, rec. 2016
[44:27 + 43:45] [RH]
A fabulous outing for Piazzolla’s ambitious operita in an inspired collaboration between Scottish and South American forces.
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
Complete Piano Works - Sandro Ivo Bartoli (piano) rec. 2017
SOLAIRE RECORDS SOL1007
A curious disc with considerable musical and technical merit, but will it get multiple listens?
SCHERBER (1907-1974) Symphony No. 1,
Lieder - Thomas Heyner (tenor) Bratislava SO/Adriano rec. 2009/16 STERLING
CDS1113-2 [71:05] [MW] A sub-Bruckner Symphony, not without interest, but the real joy of this recording is in the wonderful miniatures of Scherber’s exquisite songs.
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Parsifal - Christopher Ventris, Petra Lang, Royal Concertgebouw O/Iván
Fischer rec. 2012
CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72619 DVD/Blu-ray
[248 mins] [ST]
A production which will really give you something to get your teeth into.
Rolando Villazon (tenor)
Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)
Duets - O Métropolitain de Montréal/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 6901 [61:22]
[GF] Despite some reservations, this is an attractive recital.
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