Charles-Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Concerto
for solo piano - Vincenzo Maltempo (piano) rec. 2013 PIANO CLASSICS [JW] A formidable disc, excellently recorded and splendidly
Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of The Screw Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Michael Clayton-Jolly, Lucy Hall, LSO/Richard Farnes rec. 2013 LSO LIVE [ST] A welcome set but does not take precedence over the finest.
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony 1 -
Collegium Vocale Ghent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Edo de Waart rec. 2013 PENTATONE CLASSICS SACD [JQ] Worthwhile Elgar performances from Belgium, though a disastrous side-break in Gerontius is a major drawback.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Trios Volume 3 -
Kungsbacka Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS [LJ] Intuitive and insightful performances complemented by a fresh and balanced recording. Bravo!
Bernardo PASQUINI (1637 - 1710) Sonatas for two organs -
Luca Scandali (organ) Hadrien Jourdan (organ/harpsichord) rec. 2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] More than 70 minutes of pure joy - don't miss it.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata D960; Wandererfantasie - Barry Douglas (piano)
rec. 2013 CHANDOS [DC] Not
quite top of the pile, but still very good.
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Miriways Markus Volpert, Ulrike Hofbaur, Julie Martin du Theil, L'Orfeo Barockorchester/Michi Gaigg rec. 2012 CPO [DC] Highly attractive High Baroque.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo Josi Van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Waltraud Meier, Orchestre de Paris/Antonio Pappano rec. 1996 WARNER CLASSICS Blu-ray [RF] The overall darkness of this production is compensated for by the presence of some Francophone singers, particularly Alagna.
Grigory Sokolov (piano) Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky -
rec. 1966-88 MELODIYA [SG] Connoisseurs of consummate pianism will want this set from a pianist who has achieved cult status.
1930s Violin Concertos Volume 1 Works by Barber, Berg, Britten, Hartmann & Stravinsky -
Gil Shaham (violin) rec. 2008-13 CANARY CLASSICS [NB] For those who collect Shaham's recordings there is much to admire here.
NEW & RECENT ARTICLES
[New] National discography update: German & Austrian symphonies by Mike Herman
[New] David Jennings' Piano Sonata by John France
[New] Blu-ray Audio from Naxos and Euroarts by Brian Wilson
Forgotten artists: Otto Ackermann by Christopher Howell
David Dubery: Observations - a new recording by John France
News 2014/5 by Albert Lam & Brian Wilson
for Holy Week and Easter From Outhere and other independent labels by Brian Wilson
Decoding John Cage by Frank Manheim
MWI Recommends - None this week.
A free online collection of articles & recordings of the Polish composers, Górecki, Lutosławski & Penderecki - see here for more details
A new book about Constant Lambert will shortly be published by Boydell & Brewer - see here for details
English Music Festival, May 23-26 - see here for details.
Ronald Corp's cantata, And all the trumpets sounded, available for performances - see here for details
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