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Monday September 26th
155 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Kati AGÓCS (b.1975) The Debrecen Passion, Requiem Fragments, ... like treasure hidden in a field, Vessel - Lorelei Ens, Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2010-15 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 Prokofiev.

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.

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Flores de Espana
Chant 1450, Mahmoud Turkmani (oud) rec. 2011/12 CHRISTOPHORUS Eros and Thanatos Chant 1450, Ken Zuckerman (sarod) rec. 2013 CHRISTOPHORUS [EML] The mixture of two different worlds is interesting and exciting, but not entirely convincing.

The world premiere of John Joubert's opera Jane Eyre will be held, as a concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be recorded by Somm Records. 

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[New] Listening Room Report by John Quinn

[New] The Symphonies of Stjepan Šulek by Andrew Hartman

Ernest Reyer: Disciple of Berlioz by Nick Fuller

An interview with violinist Arabella Steinbacher by Michael Cookson

MWI Recommends: Haydn Paris symphonies & Walton Violin concerto.


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