Woldemar BARGIEL (1828-1897) Orchestral Works - San Luis Potosi
SO/José Miramontes Zapata rec. 2014 STERLING CDS1105-2 [64.14] [JW] Romantic but disciplined music with hints of Mendelssohn and Beethoven.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 - Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano) Lioba Braun (alto) Michael Schade (tenor) Michael Volle (bass) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Mariss Jansons rec. 2007 BR KLASSIK 900156 [66:19] [SB] I am happy for this version to join my personal favourites.
Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835)
Bianca e Gernando - Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano) Maxim Mironov (tenor)
Camerata Bach Ch,
Virtuosi Brunensis/Antonio Fogliani
rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.660417-18 [58:30 + 59:19] [RW] Generally well sung and played and the recording is good.
ELGAR (1857-1934) Introduction & Allegro, Symphony No.1 -
BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHSA5181 SACD [65:20]
[IL] Gardner’s Elgar Symphony No. 1 recording is a very good near miss, but I will treasure his outstanding Introduction and Allegro reading.
OF THE MONTH
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Ariettes oubliées, La mer Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Pénélope, Pelléas et Mélisande - Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Deutsches SO Berlin/Robin Ticciati rec. 2017 LINN CKD550 [68:00] [MC] A quite outstanding album, with distinguished contributions from all concerned.
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
La valse, Ma mère l'Oye, Pavane, Boléro
Berlin SO/Günther Herbig
rec. 1979 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300886BC [52:16] [RB] Unglamorous sound meets a somewhat earthbound approach.
Henri SAUGUET (1901-1989) Symphony No. 3, Les Forains - O Ntl de la Radiodiffusion Française/Pierre Dervaux; O des Concerts Lamoureux/Henri Sauguet rec. 1948/56 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR919 [56:27]
Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Schelomo Henri SAUGUET Symphony No. 1 - Maurice Maréchal (cello)
O Ntl de la Radiodiffusion Française/Ernest Bour rec.1948/52 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1229 [64:19] [SG] Valuable additions to the rather scant Sauguet discography.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Carnaval Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
32 Variations Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Chaconne - Elisabeth Nielsen (piano) rec. 2017 DANACORD DACOCD785 [52:14] [JF] An altogether satisfying album, Nielsen displays technical skill, imagination and a total sympathy with the sound world and style of each composer.
Works by Edwards, Vine, Sculthorpe, Greenbaum & Kats-Chernin -
Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo rec. 2015 ABC CLASSICS 4814592 [68:37]
[RB] Strongly recorded, well projected and advocated … more than competently documented.
Minimal Piano Collection
Vols XXI-XXVIII -
Jeroen van Veen (piano) rec. 2015/16 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95543 [8 CDs: 596 mins]
[DC] Snap up this good stuff right away.
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