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Friday March 24th
189 reviews completed so far this month

Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Piano Concerto No. 1 Franz LISZT (1811–1886) Trois odes funčbres - Sándor Falvai (piano) Hungarian National PO/Zoltán Kocsis rec. 2016 CELESTIAL HARMONIES [JWe] A brilliant recording of the Brahms and the much more rarely played Liszt, and a fitting tribute to Zoltán Kocsis.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Le bœuf sur le toit - René Benedetti (violin) O Ntl RTF/Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht rec. 1958-1961 FORGOTTEN RECORDS Johannes BRAHMS Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 2 - Jacob Krachmalnick (violin) Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1960 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] Two new names to add to the list.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Othello - London PO/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2008/16 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA [DM] A sensible yoking together of concerts recorded eight years apart; they demonstrate just how special Nézet-Séguin’s relationship with the LPO has become.

Pavel HAAS (1899-1944) Song Cycles - Anita Watson (soprano) Anna Starushkevych (mezzo) Nicky Spence (tenor) James Platt (bass) Navarra Qt, Lada Valešová (piano/director) rec. 2015-2016 RESONUS [JW] A well selected disc, with two of Haas’ most attractive cycles and a premičre.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Barbara HELLER (b. 1936) Herbstmusik - Verdi Qt, Susanne Stoodt (violin) Katharina Deserno (cello) Gesa Lücker (piano) rec. 2015/16 WERGO [SSi] This is a super disc, one which introduced me to the music of Barbara Heller, and left me longing for more.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Chamber works - Ens Arabesques rec. 2016 FARAO CLASSICS [MC] A welcome and rewarding addition to the catalogue.

Zara LEVINA (1906-1976) Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 - Maria Lettberg (piano) RSO Berlin/Ariane Matiakh rec. 2016 CAPRICCIO [SA] This is a disc that must be heard.

David MATTHEWS (b.1943) Piano Trios - Leonore Piano Trio rec. 2016 TOCCATA CLASSICS [GH] All in all this is music worth getting inside. A disc to search out.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concerto No. 2 Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto - Linus Roth (violin) London SO/Thomas Sanderling rec. 2016 CHALLENGE CLASSICS SACD [NB] Strongly individual performances supported by excellent recording and documentation.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1873-1958) The Solent, Fantasia, Suite, The Lark Ascending - Jennifer Pike (violin) Sina Kloke (piano) CO New York/Salvatore Di Vittorio rec. 2015 NAXOS [DJB] A somewhat awkward mix, though the presence of the Suite may convince some to purchase.


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John Joubert at 90 by John Quinn

Kurt Moll obituary by Ralph Moore

Nicolai Gedda - In Memoriam by Göran Forsling


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