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Friday March 23rd
179 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B minor - Trinity College Ch Cambridge, O Age of Enlightenment/Stephen Layton rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68181/2 [53:22 + 54:21] [JQ] One of the freshest and most enjoyable recordings of the B minor Mass I’ve heard for quite some time.

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) String Quartet No. 2 Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) String Quartet No. 1 Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Piano Quintet No. 1 - Walden String Qt, Johana Harris (piano) rec. 1951/55 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1213 [70:44] [SG] Rarely programmed chamber works in compelling performances.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) & Georges ONSLOW (1784-1853) Viola Sonatas Johann KALLIWODA (1801-1866) Six Nocturnes - Hiyoli Togawa (viola) Lilit Grigoryan (piano) rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573730 [76:02] [RHa] Rare and worthwile viola repertoire superbly played and vividly recorded; the Mendelssohn is worth the price of the disc alone.

Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840) Chamber works - Roberto & Anna Noferini (violins) Andrea Noferini (cello) Giulio Tampalini (guitar) rec. 2016/17 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95031 [54:34] [JWh] Some issues with intonation and recording make this mainly recommendable on the basis of its price and the rarity of some of the works.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Funeral Sentences - Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe rec. 1993 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901462 [67:43] [RMo] The one for those who want to hear these works recorded in a “period aware” fashion.

Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Cello Concerto, Suite, Sommernacht - Christoph Croisé (cello) I TEMPI CO/Gevorg Gharabekyan rec. 2017 GENUIN GEN18497 [71:47] [MC] Lovers of late-Romantic music need not hesitate.

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Kammersymphonie No.1 Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) 6 Gesänge Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Berceuse Élégiaque - Zoryana Kushpler (mezzo) Linos Ens rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO C5138 [47:50] [JF] An important historical document, but with some caveats.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No. 8 - Brandenburg SO/Peter Gülke rec. 2017 MDG 9012053-6 SACD [61:08] [DC] Admirable and Beethovenian, but what makes this stand out from the crowd?

Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Rigoletto - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) Nadine Sierra (soprano) Kaunas State Ch & City SO/Constantin Orbelian rec. 2016 DELOS DE3522 [59:28 + 67:36] [GF] A worthy memorial to the art of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, but it is more than that.

Romance de Guerre Violin Sonatas by Elgar, Fairchild & Gaubert - Ambroise Aubrun (violin) Steven Vanhauwaert (piano) rec. 2017 HORTUS 726 [71:15] [JW] With good documentation and thoughtful performances, the success of this disc is only limited by the unsympathetic recording quality.


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