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Monday December 18th
116 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Secular Cantatas VIII: Celebratory Cantatas - Hana Blažíková (soprano), Hiroya Aoki (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor) & Roderick Williams (bass) Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki rec. 2016 BIS BIS2231 SACD [70:23] [RWe] A superb issue in a superb series.

Claude BAKER (b. 1948) Piano Concerto, Aus Schwanengesang - Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Indianapolis SO/Gilbert Varga, Juanjo Mena rec. 2009/11 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559804 [50:00] [RHa] I’m sure there will be some who derive more satisfaction from this issue than I did.

John BLOW (1649-1708) An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell - Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68149 [76:36] [MS] A thoroughly idiomatic, compelling and technically striking set of works.

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Trio - Ives Ens rec. 1996 HAT[NOW]ART 155 [76:04] [JW] A reissue that continues to impress.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Estelí Gomez (soprano), John Taylor Ward (baritone), Seattle Symphony/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2015/17 SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA SSM1017 [70:50] [DM] Muscular performances that fall short of the best; ditto the sound.

Louis PELOSI (b. 1947) Preludes and Fugues - Mateusz Borowiak (piano) rec. 2011/12 KASP RECORDS 57731 [40:58 + 45:43] [SG] An intriguing encounter.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Schwanengesang - Bo Skovhus (baritone) Stefan Vladar (piano) rec. 2016 CAPRICCIO C5292 [62:39] [GF] I’m already looking forward to this pair’s Winterreise.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 4, Nutcracker Suite - Boston SO/Michael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia O & Vienna PO/Claudio Abbado, Berlin PO/Ferdinand Leitner rec. 1959-75 ELOQUENCE 482 6168 [2 CDs: 142:34] [CC] A wonderful selection of performances of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, small blemishes notwithstanding.

Christmas at Westminster Abbey Christopher Herrick (organ), Ch Westminster Abbey/Simon Preston rec. 1984. ELOQUENCE 4828564 [57:12] [BW] Christmas music very well covered in just under an hour.


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