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Tchaikovsky Sibelius


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Tuesday May 23rd
185 reviews completed so far this month

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Organ Sonatas - Iain Quinn (organ) rec. 2014 NAXOS [MR] Bright and cheerful organ music from Bach’s second son given spring-like freshness and vitality by Quinn’s delightfully articulate fingers.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz BIBER (1644-1704) Rosary Sonatas - Alice Piérot (violin) Les Veilleurs de Nuit rec. 2002 ALPHA [RK] Listeners who enjoy a more fevered approach should look elsewhere, but many will find satisfaction in her even-tempered take on this music.

François COUPERIN (1668-1733) L'Apothéose de Lully, Leçons de Ténèbres - Katherine Watson, Anna Dennis (sopranos) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen (harpsichord) rec. 2013/14 HYPERION [SSi] An excellent recording of the chamber version of the L'Apothéose de Lully, with a recording of the Leçons de Ténèbres, which whilst it may not be my favourite, is very good.

François-Joseph GOSSEC (1773-1829) Symphonies - Andrea Keller (violin) Martin Sandhoff (flute) Concerto Köln/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 2003 CAPRICCIO [RB] Lively music and lively music-making drawing on an amiable personality able to mine serene dignity and regal grace.

Orlandus LASSUS (1530/1532-1594) Magnificat - Die Singphoniker rec. 2014 CPO [JV] Like the first Lassus disc of the Singphoniker, this new release deserves a positive reception.

Alma MAHLER (1879-1964) Lieder und Gesänge Patrizia MONTANARO (b. 1956) Canto di Penelope - Catharina Kroeger (soprano) Monica Lonero (piano) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [GF] Good to have Alma Mahler’s songs available at an affordable price.

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1973) Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 - Khatia Buniatishvili (piano) Czech PO/Paavo Järvi rec. 2016 SONY [NB] This disc was less challenging or remarkable than I had been expecting.

Decades - A Century of Song Vol. 2: 1820-1830 - John Mark Ainsley(tenor) Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Christopher Maltman (baritone) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2015/16 VIVAT [JQ] The second instalment in a perceptively assembled and uncommonly interesting survey of art songs.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Opera Collection Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Genoveva - O & Ch Zurich Opera House rec. 1999-2008 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [ST] All told this makes for an economical way of collecting these three productions, and you could have far worse unifying figures than Harnoncourt.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Camilla Tilling (soprano) Loves me … loves me not - Musica Saeculorum/Philipp von Steinaecker rec. 2015 BIS SACD [MC] One of the finest albums of its kind and has my highest possible endorsement.


[New] National Discography updates by Mike Herman
British Symphonies
French Symphonies
Previous updates
British & Commonwealth Concertos
British Orchestral Works

[New] Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Spring 2017-2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

[New] Forgotten Artists: Carlo Vidusso by Chris Howell

Listening Report April 2017 by John Quinn


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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