Henri DUTILLEUX (1916-2013) Métaboles; Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes; Symphony 2
Augustin Hadelich (violin) Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot rec. 2014
SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA [LW]
Morlot and the Seattle Symphony’s second volume of Dutilleux equals its predecessor.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Jenůfa
Michaela Kaune, Will Hartmann, Ladislav Egr, Deutsche Oper O Berlin/Donald Runnicles rec. 2014
ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [ST]
Probably now the top choice.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata (arr. violin) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita 2 -
Vera Vaidman (violin) rec. 2014
ROMÉO RECORDS [JW]
Caught between listening to a piece of music and a lexicon of a super-virtuoso’s arsenal.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 (arr. for piano 4 hands) -
Maasa Nakazawa, Suhrud Athavale (piano) rec. 2013
I end up wondering why so much effort has been expended on a version which inevitably can only be second best.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Alec ROTH (b 1948) A Time to Dance; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; Men and Angels
Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore rec. 2014
Highly entertaining and a splendid recording.
Johann Gottlob SCHNEIDER (1789-1864) Der Orgelkönig
Halgeir Schiager (organ) rec. 2013
LAWO CLASSICS [DC]
Scholarly and entertaining.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 10,
Boston SO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2015
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [MC]
Chilling anxiety … magnificent playing.
Sir Arthur SOMERVELL (1863-1937), Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912)
& Richard WALTHEW (1872-1951) Clarinet Quintets -
Stephan Siegenthaler (clarinet) Leipzig String Qt rec. 2013
A lovely, soft-grained tone … execution is consistently handsome, providing incisiveness and lyricism as needed.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida
Kristin Lewis, Fabio Sartori, Anita Rachvelishvili, O La Scala/Zubin Mehta rec. 2015
C MAJOR DVD [RF]
The sparse staging, idiosyncratic lighting, combined with mediocre singing and the omission of music leaves this production of Verdi’s spectacular late work in question and makes this recording hardly recommendable.
A Flight Through the Orchestra A Film by Henning Kasten Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 2 -
Deutsches SO Berlin/Tugan Sokhiev
EUROARTS Blu-ray [MB]
Unfortunately I found this a missed opportunity.
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