OF THE MONTH Benjamin
BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Rape of
Lucretia - John Mark Ainsley, Orla Boylan,
Clive Bayley O of English Natl Op/Paul Daniel
rec. 2001 OPUS ARTE DVD [ST] Expert playing
and intelligent conducting. You have a winner
on your hands.
CORELLI (1653-1713) Concerti Grossi,
Op.6 - Gli Incogniti/Amandine Beyer (violin)
rec. 2012 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES Concerti Grossi, Op.6/7-12 -
Modo Antiquo/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. 1997 TACTUS [BW] Life-enhancing
music in very fine performances. Zig-Zag: vies
for top place with the Avison Ensemble.
Tactus: a fascinating alternative with added
DELIUS (1862-1934) Delius in Norway: Paa Vidderne, Folkeraadet, On
Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Eventyr - Ann-Helen Moen (soprano) Bergen PO/Sir Andrew
Davis rec. 2013 CHANDOS SACD [JF] A superb
selection showcasing the affection Delius had
for Norway, his absorption of its culture, and
finally his friendship with Edvard Grieg.
Heinrich KNECHT (1752-1817) Le Portrait
musical de la Nature François-André
Danican PHILIDOR (1726-1795) 4 Ouvertures
- O Filarmonica di Torino/Christian Benda, Sergio
Lamberto (solo violin) Prague Sinf O/Christian
Benda rec. 2012-2013 NAXOS [RB] Not all-conquering
but very pleasant and with more than a few flashes
LISZT (1811-1886) Sergio Fiorentino
Edition Vol 2 - The Complete Liszt Recordings rec. 1958-97 PIANO CLASSICS [JW] The
totality of Fiorentino’s Liszt lovingly
sourced and compiled.
STEFFANI (1654-1728) Lagrime dolorose
- Secular cantatas - Marta Mathéu
(soprano) Aurelio Schiavoni (alto) Mauro Borgioni
(bass) Accademia Hermans/Fabio Ciofini rec.
2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] A very entertaining
and musically rewarding disc.
STRAUSS (1864-1949) Orchestral suite Der Bürger als Edelmann, Salome's
Dance from Salome, Symphonic interludes
from Intermezzo - Staatskapelle Dresden/Otmar
Suitner rec. 1963 PROFIL EDITION [MC] Totally absorbing.
Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Complete
Recorder Sonatas - Michala Petri (recorder)
Anthony Newman (harpsichord) rec. 2013 OUR
RECORDINGS [LJ] Petri’s
modulations and Newman’s ability to dart
and dwell express the full range of Telemann’s
Gifts Joshua Bell (violin) & friends SONY CLASSICS [GF] To
avoid indigestion consume only in small helpings.
Church Music Works by Batten &
Dering - Peterborough Cathedral Ch/Stanley
Vann, Richard Latham (organ) rec. 1962 PRIORY [JB] Admirable testimony to the long tradition
of high quality singing that has taken place
at Peterborough. An absolute treat as a listening
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