OF THE MONTH Kati AGÓCS (b.1975)
The Debrecen Passion,
... like treasure hidden in a field,
Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose
BMOP SOUND SACD [SG] Compelling … never outstays its welcome. A beautifully balanced recording, superbly engineered.
Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique - Royal Concertgebouw
O/Daniele Gatti - rec. 2016 RCO LIVE SACD
[DM] A pedestrian performance that fails on every level; lacklustre sound, too.
Havergal BRIAN (1876-1972) Symphonies 2 & 14 - Royal Scottish Ntl O/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2015 DUTTON EPOCH SACD [JWh] A great version of the wonderful Second symphony.
John DOWLAND (1563-1626) Lachrimae - Ruby Hugues (soprano) Reinoud van Mechelen, Paul Agnew (tenor) Alain Buet (bass) Thomas Dunford (lute/direction) rec. 2012 ALPHA CLASSICS [GH] Well worth exploring.
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Semyon Kotko - Viktor Lutsuk,
Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Mariinsky Ch & O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2014 MARIINSKY Blu-ray/DVD [RK] If you can put aside the political complications, this spirited and
musical production can be enjoyed by anyone with an enthusiasm for
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La rondine - Dinara Alieva, Charles Castronovo, Álvaro Zambrano, Alexandra Hutton - Ballet, Ch & O Deutsche Oper Berlin/Roberto Rizzi Brignoli rec. 2015 DELOS Blu-ray [MC] This certainly stands comparison with the finest on film.
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Das Rheingold - Manfred Volz (baritone), Marisa Altmann-Althausen (mezzo), Kassel State Theatre O/Roberto Paternostro rec. 1999 ARS PRODUKTION
SACD [PCG] Not a great Rheingold, but one which takes the music seriously and is better than many other recent recordings.
Emanuele D’Aguanno (tenor) Arias by Bellini, Donizetti & Rossini - Charles Spencer (piano) rec. 2014 CAPRICCIO [GF] Some quibbles apart this is a delightful disc.
Roma Æterna Works by Guerrero, Palestrina & Victoria - New York
Polyphony rec. 2015 BIS SACD [DC]
Both exquisitely polished and rewardingly deep.
The Scottish Baroque Ensemble in Concert
Works by Albinoni, Handel, Haydn, McGibbon, Pachelbel & Purcell -
Scottish Baroque Ens/Leonard Friedman
rec. 1976 CRD [MR] Affectionate performances that
remind of how baroque music was played decades ago.
Flores de Espana
Chant 1450, Mahmoud Turkmani (oud)
CHRISTOPHORUS Eros and Thanatos
Ken Zuckerman (sarod)
CHRISTOPHORUS [EML] The mixture of two different worlds is interesting and exciting, but not entirely convincing.
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concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be
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