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Friday April 16th

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)

The Well-Tempered Consort I
Phantasm rec. 2019
[66:55] [DMD]

Revelatory performances uncover yet more treasures in Bach’s inexhaustible music.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Beethoven Odyssey
BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis rec. 1962-85
ELOQUENCE 484 1728
[12 CDs: 7:50:03] [DC]

Revel in the “rough-hewn power and a lucidity of thought” of Sir Colin Davis’s London Beethoven recordings.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) |
Symphony No. 4, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Cleveland O/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 1992
436 853-2 [70:30] [DD]

A consummate version of Brahms’ epic final Symphony with a surprising and substantial encore.

Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941)
Complete Music for Piano
Peter Jacobs (piano) rec. 1990/91
[3CDs: 229:20] [SG]

Well-crafted music in compelling performances.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 9
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Triple Concerto
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) Yo-Yo Ma (cello) West-Eastern Divan O/Daniel Barenboim (piano) rec. 2019
[112 mins] [PCG]

A video recording of a concert that really is something very special.
Sam HAYDEN (b.1968)
Ian Pace (piano) rec. 2020
[46:46 + 42:45] [JW]

Powerful contrasts in the work of a leading British modernist.
Jean-Paul-Égide MARTINI (1741-1816)
Requiem pour Louis XVI

Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet rec. 2019
[61:25] [JV]

Niquet obviously enjoyed the large noise he was allowed to produce.
Joseph WÖLFL (1773–1812)
Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3, Concerto da Camera
Nataša Veljkovic (piano) Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim/Johannes Moesus rec. 2016
CPO 555 149-2
[70:34] [RB]

Two piano concertos freshly brought out and delivered with sleight, conviction and splendour.
A Celebration of Conductor and Composer Stephen Wilkinson
BBC Northern Singers, William Byrd Singers/Stephen Wilkinson
 PFCD147 [61:00] [JF]

This very fine disc of moving and accomplished choral music deserves every success.
Confessions of a Music Critic
by Christopher Morley
publ. 2021
Brewin Books

An entertaining book, but it’s something of a missed opportunity.
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