Gilbert AMY (b. 1936) Concertos -
Jean-François Heisser (piano)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Nouvelle-Aquitaine CO/Julien Leroy, O de Paris/Gilbert Amy rec. 2006-19
EDITIONS HORTUS 175 [55:34]
[RHa] A pair of very different concertos from a somewhat underappreciated figure, cogently argued and clothed in arresting, beautiful sounds.
George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759)
Joseph and his Brethren - Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano),
Philharmonia Baroque Ch & O/Nicholas McGegan rec. 2017 PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE PBP-11 [3 CDs: 175:30]
Sacred Choral Works - St Mary’s Cathedral Ch, Edinburgh/Duncan Ferguson rec.
2019 DELPHIAN DCD34218
A very fine recording from which to get to know Leighton’s choral
music, or, better still, to add to other collections.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete Piano Sonatas Vol. 2
Jean Muller (piano) rec. 2016 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC19074 [68:28]
First rate execution of these four sonatas including three early examples of Mozart’s unique qualities.
Pēteris PLAKIDIS (1947-2017)
Canto, Variations, Legend, Glance Back - Latvian
Ntl SO/Vassily Sinaisky rec. 2019 SKANI LMIC076 [71:15]
Thought-provoking music, performed with infectious enthusiasm and zeal.
Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonatas Vol. 2
Alexander Melnikov (piano) rec. 2018/19 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902203 [58:20]
A fine second issue of an important cycle.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Schwanengesang Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Vier ernste
Gerald Finley (baritone),
Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68288 [73:21] [GF]
Utterly attractive readings.
Dame Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944)
Fête Galante Liza LEHMANN (1862-1918)
The Happy Prince - Charmian Bedford (soprano) Carolyn Dobbin (mezzo)
Dame Felicity Lott (reciter) Lontano
Ens/Odaline de la Martinez rec. 1918-39
RETROSPECT OPERA RO007 [76:34]
[EJW] These world première recordings are very good indeed.
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767)
Telemann’s Garden - Elephant House Qt
rec. 2018 PENTATONE PTC5186749 [58:56]
Admirers of Telemann should be delighted with the results.
Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Recitals in France 1959-1967
MELOCLASSIC MC1042 [79:45 + 77:57] [JW] Lively, human, sometimes fallible, but always elevated music-making in variable sound.
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