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Thursday February 23rd
182 reviews completed so far this month
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
October 3, 1923 – 21 February 2017

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Cello suites Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904-1975) Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio György LIGETI (1923-2006) sonata - Natalie Clein (cello) rec. 2015 HYPERION [DBi] A lovely disc of 20th century music for solo cello.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 - Vienna SO/Yakov Kreizberg rec. 2004 PENTATONE SACD [DM] Bruckner Sevenths don’t come much better than this; one for the desert island.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) At the Boar's Head Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Riders to the Sea - Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2016 DUX [NB] Decent performances but they don’t seriously challenge the existing versions.

Pierre de MANCHICOURT (c.1510-1564) Sacred works - Ch of St. Luke in the Fields, New York/David Shuler rec. 2016 MSR CLASSICS [GH] Music that has been much overlooked, presented here in often moving performances.

William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Choral works - St. Albans Abbey Girls Ch, Lay Clerks of St Albans Cathedral Ch/Tom Winpenny rec. 2015 NAXOS [JQ] A fine collection of music by William Mathias, expertly performed.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) String Quartets Nos 1 & 3 - Heath Qt rec. 2015 HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] The performance is outstandingly assured, and speaks of artists who have already attained a remarkable degree of maturity.

Daniel Behle (vocals) Mein Hamburg - Schnyder Trio rec. 2015/16 BERLIN CLASSICS [GF] A wonderful disc that all admirers of Daniel Behle and of good singing should allow themselves to own.

Lachen und Weinen Songs by Hindemith, Schubert & Weill - Katja Stuber (soprano) Boris Kusnezow (piano) rec. 2014 CONDITURA [SG] A varied programme that works well.

Mandala 3 Works by LeFanu & Lumsdaine - Gemini/Ian Mitchell rec. 1995/2015 MÉTIER [JF] A fascinating release, exploring the work of two of Britain’s leading composers.

Sing Willow Les Sirènes Female Chamber Ch/Andrew Nunn ALBION RECORDS [JQ] A thoroughly attractive disc in every respect from a superb choir.


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Some Independent Label Recordings: January-February 2017 by Brian Wilson

An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire: "G” Composers Part 2 by David Barker


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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