Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974)
Symphonies 1 & 5 -
Gothenburg SO/Neeme Järvi
CHANDOS SACD Another splendid contribution to this evolving series [IL] This is music that is neither rainy nor dark [PCG].
Niels GADE (1817-1890) String Sextet; Allegro vivace; Piano Trio -
Ensemble MidtVest rec. 2013 CPO [JW]
Excellent performances all-round, finely recorded and well annotated.
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Violin sonata 1
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Violin sonata -
Igor Malinovsky (violin), Itamar Golan (piano)
rec. 2014 GENUIN CLASSICS [DC]
No caveats to report.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Variations on a Theme of Chopin,
Morceaux de Fantaisie -
Artur Pizarro (piano)
ODRADEK RECORDS [RWe]
Pizarro’s series continues with a fine issue which, if low on extrovert display, is high on musical insight.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Pelléas et Mélisande,
Musik zu einer Szene,
Pia Pajala (soprano), Sari Nordqvist (mezzo)
Turku PO/Leif Segerstam
An enticing selection for Sibelians, despite some sluggish tempi from Segerstam.
Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924)
Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol. 1 -
Christopher Howell (piano)
SHEVA An immense project: ultimately important, worthy and a major contribution to recorded British music [JF] A nicely balanced mix of the occasionally mundane, the didactic and music of great reach and emotional ambit [RB].
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
A Sea Symphony -
Katherine Broderick (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone), Hallé Ch & O/Sir Mark Elder
A key work in British Music in a magnificent live recording.
The Art of the Bassoon
Robert Thompson (bassoon)
An interesting collection. Worthy but in the end largely disappointing.
Leopold Stokowski: CD and Digital Premieres
Works by Prokofiev, Purcell, Tchaikovsky & Wagner -
His Symphony Orchestra,
New York City SO,
PRISTINE AUDIO [JW]
Extremely successful transfers ... this ‘mopping up’ operation will prove very attractive to Stokowski admirers.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Yo Te Quiere Matare
Ministriles en Granada en el siglo XVI -
Ensemble La Danserye rec. 2012 LINDORO [JV]
More than an hour of brilliant and engaging music-making.
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