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Friday October 31st
203 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 7 - Simón Bolívar SO Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2012 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [GPJ] Totally stunning ... should finally put an end to this symphony’s ‘Cinderella’ status

Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Messa di Gloria - Iorio Zernnaro (tenor) Pietro Spagnoli (bass) Ensemble Seicentonovecento/Flavio Colusso rec. 1991 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JS] It has been an unexpected pleasure to get to know this work.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 18 & 19 - Cleveland O/Mitsuko Uchida (piano and director) rec. 2014 DECCA [MC] Once again the classy Uchida demonstrates remarkable form on this latest Decca release.

Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914-1991) Violin, Cello and Piano Concertos - Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Ewa Kupiec (piano) Polish RSO/Lukasz Borowicz rec. 2013 CPO [GH] CPO’s wonderful complete overview of Panufnik’s orchestral works continues with this highly desirable CD of these fascinating concertos.

Josef Gabriel RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Songs - Lydia Teuscher (soprano) Christine Müller (mezzo) Andreas Weller (tenor) Klaus Häger (baritone) Götz Payer (piano) rec. 2012 CARUS [JW] Elegance of the performances supports the refined elegance of the compositions.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Scenes from Goethe's Faust - Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Christiane Karg (soprano) Alastair Miles (bass) Bavarian RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013 BR KLASSIK [SSi] A recording which brings out the best of this unjustly neglected work.

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romances - Natalia Petrozhitskaya (soprano) Dmitry Zuev (baritone) Antonina Kadobnova (piano) rec. 2014 MELODIYA MELCD1002278 [60:42] [RMo] This could have been a highly desirable recital but without a libretto it remains frustrating.

Rudolf Barshai: The Note A film by Oleg Dorman EUROARTS DVD [JW] A life fully lived, candidly remembered and unselfconsciously revealed.

Richter plays Schumann and the Russians Sviatoslav Richter (piano) rec. 1976-1985 PARNASSUS DVD [SG] This DVD is a true labour of love.

John Williams Guitar Magician rec. 1959 ALTO [GF] Williams started at the top and remained there.


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[New] Balkan & East-Central European Concertos discography: Chopin by Mike Herman

An Interview With The Composer Will Todd by Rob Barnett

Arthur Butterworth's Second Symphony – A Half Centenary Review by John France

MWI Recommends - Elgar cello concerto & Schumann symphony 3.


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