RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Symphonies and Overtures -
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly
rec. 2007-09 DECCA [ST] A hearty welcome to this set marrying the best of the old with the freshness of the new and reminding us of how eternally contemporary Beethoven’s symphonic achievement is.
Anatoly LYADOV (1855-1914) Complete Piano Music Volume 1 -
Olga Solovieva (piano)
rec. 2005/08 TOCCATA [JW] Charming, deft performances, coolly recorded.
David MATTHEWS (b.1943) String Quartets Volume 2 - Kreutzer Qt
rec. 2010/11 TOCCATA CLASSICS [GH] The journey through Matthews’ string quartets is well worthwhile.
OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphonies 4 & 5, The Hebrides - City of Birmingham SO/Edward
Gardner rec. 2013 CHANDOS SACD [ST] Three cheers for this CD, and all the more exciting that this is only
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) The
A-Z of Mozart Opera - Susan Gritton (soprano) Cora
Burggraaf (mezzo) Allan Clayton (tenor) Mark Stone (baritone) Matthew
Rose (bass) O of Classical Opera/Ian Page rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS [RMo] Pale and polite facsimiles of Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 20 & 24 -
Maria Isabella de Carli, Ezra Rachlin (piano) International Festival Youth O, Houston SO/Leopold Stokowski
rec. 1949-60 GUILD HISTORICAL [JW] Five orchestras at Stokowski’s command in a pleasing, if at times interpretatively uneven programme.
ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
(1770-1827) Leonore 3 - Berlin Radio Ch, Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2004 EUROARTS
Blu-ray [RF] At last, one of the great mid-twentieth
century musical compositions, whose rhythmic vitality and sonorities
have a wide appeal, gets a welcome Blu-Ray airing.
SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Gerald Finley (baritone) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [RMo] Admirers of Finley will not be disappointed.
William WALTON (1902-1983) Violin Sonata,
Two Pieces Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme d’Habañera Michael Davis (violin)
Rayson Whalley (piano)
rec. 1972 CAMEO CLASSICS [JWh] A superb recital from Michael Davis.
Far Away Thomas Michael
Allen (tenor) Charles
Spencer (piano) rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO [GPJ] A beautifully planned and executed CD by two outstanding musicians,
each a master of his art.
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for Holy Week and Easter From Outhere and other independent labels by Brian Wilson
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Forgotten Artists Some Updates by Christopher Howell
MWI Recommends - Tchaikovsky piano concerto 1 & Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade.
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English Music Festival, May 23-26 - see here for details.
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