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Friday November 21st
144 reviews completed so far this month
Arthur Butterworth MBE, composer
4 August 1923 – 19/20 November 2014
A Taste of Arthur Butterworth ~~ Arthur Butterworth Writes

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 3 & 4 - Maria João Pires (piano) Swedish RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013 ONYX [SG] What better way to christen a new working relationship than with this wonderful disc of two Beethoven piano concertos.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah - Le Concert d’Astrée Ch & O/Emmanuelle Haïm rec. 2013 ERATO [JQ] Despite many positive features, this account of Messiah is too fussy for its own good.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1875-1943) Études-Tableaux - Nicholas Angelich (piano) rec. 1994 HARMONIA MUNDI [MC] Particularly impressive - Angelich is very much alive to the varied moods of these works.

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Die Letzten Dinge (The Last Judgement) - Salzburger Bachchor, Mozarteum O Salzburg/Ivor Bolton rec. 2013 OEHMS CLASSICS [JS] The open orchestral textures draw the listener in and even where the music is less than inspired ensure continued attention.

Augusta Read THOMAS (b.1964) Chamber and Piano Works - Walden Chamber Players, Daniel Schlosberg, Makiko Hirato, Amy Briggs (piano) Robert Walters (cor anglais) Stefan Hersh, Steve Rose (violins) NIMBUS ALLIANCE [DRD] An interesting and excellently presented collection of varied chamber music.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Falstaff - Ambrogio Maestri, Fiorenza Cedolins, Massimo Cavaletti, Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 2013 EUROARTS Blu-ray [PCG] Might be of interest to those aficionados who would like to encounter a totally different and novel realisation.

Nightingale Folk Songs arranged by Mark Tanner - Michael George (bass-baritone) Mark Tanner (piano) rec. 2014 PRIORY [GF] Some of these songs are sensitively done but the singing is markedly effortful.

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