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Wednesday November 22nd
166 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - Julia Fischer (violin)
rec. 2004 PENTATONE PTC5186682 SACD [73:08 + 76:52] [DC] Fancy a little SACD royalty?

Anton BRUCKNER (1824–1896) Symphony No. 6 - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink rec. 2017 BR KLASSIK 900147 [55:15] [MC] This is a performance of the Sixth that can stand comparison with the finest recordings in the catalogue.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charles IVES (1874-1954) Concord Sonata, Violin Sonata No. 4 - Joonas Ahonen (piano) Pekka Kuusisto (violin, viola) Sharon Bezaly (flute) rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2249 SACD [58:51] [RHa] Brilliant young Finn’s revelatory Concord in superb sound. Unmissable.

David Hackbridge JOHNSON (b. 1963) Orchestral Works Vol. 1 - Royal Liverpool PO/Paul Mann rec. 2016 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0393 [68:09] [NB] For the listener seeking the unusual and unknown this is a rewarding disc.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Litanies - Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano) St. Anthony Singers, Boyd Neel O/Anthony Lewis rec. 1954 ELOQUENCE 482 5041 [70:12] Scenes & Arias Works by Haydn & Mozart - Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano) Haydn O/Harry Newstone, London PO/Peter Maag rec. 1956-1958 ELOQUENCE 482 5049 [63:01] [HPR] Exciting and flawless performances of Classical masterpieces by Jennifer Vyvyan.

Jean-Féry REBEL (1666-1747) Dance Suites & Sonatas - Eco dell'Anima: Jeanne Johnson (violin) Brent Wissick (viola da gamba) Peter Marshall (harpsichord) rec. 2010 CENTAUR CRC3430 [76:56] [JV] An important release, for historical and musical reasons.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ein Heldenleben, Tod und Verklärung - Gothenburg SO/Kent Nagano rec. 2016 FARAO CLASSICS B108092 [70:43] [SG] The performances compete favourably with the very best in the catalogue.

Camillo TOGNI (1922-1993) Works for Flute - Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) rec. 1980-2016 NAXOS 8.573731 [53:02] [RWe] I enjoyed getting to know this elusive music, and suspect many an adventurous collector will do the same.

Cantelli In New York Vol. 2 Wilhelm Backhaus, Walter Gieseking (piano) New York PSO/Guido Cantelli rec. 1951/56 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC510 [71:46 + 71:50] [GPJ] More memorable recordings of Cantelli’s work brought to us by Pristine. His Don Juan in particular is sensational.

Olga Peretyatko (soprano) Russian Light - Arias by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky & Shostakovich - Ural PO/Dmitry Liss rec. 2016 SONY 88985352232 [54:52] [GF] Highly attractive programme and classy singing!


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[New] Sir John Manduell - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

Forgotten Artists - 24. Tibor Paul by Christopher Howell

Adriano: In his 30th Year of Recording - an interview by Jim Westhead

The Verdi Requiem - A partial survey of the discography by Ralph Moore


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