Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cöthen funeral music -
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) Damien Guillon (counter-tenor) Thomas Hobbs (tenor) Christian Immler (bass) Ensemble Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon rec. 2014
HARMONIA MUNDI [DC]
‘New’ old Bach – yes please!
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Clarinet Sonatas Carl REINECKE (1824-1910) Undine Sonata; Introduzione ed Allegro appassionato
Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2014
CHANDOS An excellent recording of the Brahms Sonatas but for me it is the Reinecke pieces which are the real stars here
What more could we possibly want?
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartets 10 & 11 -
Talich Qt rec. 2014
LA DOLCE VOLTA [JW]
For sheer lyric elegance and an approach that lets the music unfold naturally, warmly and affectionately, you can't go wrong with the Talich.
Christoph GRAUPNER (1683 - 1760) Bass Cantatas -
Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone) Accademia Daniel/Shalev Ad-El rec. 2010
I can't imagine a stronger case for these cantatas than Mertens' interpretations.
Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Piano Works -
Alessandra Pompili (piano) rec. 2013
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WARNER CLASSICS [MC]
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2012 NAXOS [BR] José Antonio Escobar’s
musical tour of South America reaches the folksy, charming Afro-Caribbean
influences of Colombia.
Lavinia Meijer (harp) Voyage -
Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson rec. 2013/2014
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Lavinia Meijer’s greatest-hits collection of French impressionists is mostly terrific.
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