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Friday January 19th
128 reviews completed so far this month

Hanns EISLER (1898-1962) Lieder Vol. 1 - Holger Falk (baritone) Steffen Schleiermacher (piano) MDG 613 2001-2 [76:13] [SA] Holger Falk has the perfect voice for this repertoire.

George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) Works for Keyboard - Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord) rec. 2016 AUDAX ADX13709 [68:03] [SG] An intelligently planned debut album.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 1 - Hungarian Ntl PO/Zoltán Kocsis rec. 2004 BMC BMCCD188 [54:47] [RMo] Serviceable at best.

Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Gloria, Christmas Motets Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Messe à quatre voix - Ch & O de la Suisse Romande/Jesús López-Cobos, Ch of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford/Simon Preston, Worcester Cathedral Ch/Donald Hunt rec. 1973 ELOQUENCE 482 8798 [81:36] [RHa] A rather strange admixture of repertoire extracted from three separate Argo originals; proceed with caution.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) Violin Concerto No. 2, Violin Sonata, Melodies - Rosanne Philippens (violin) Julien Quentin (piano) SO St. Gallen/Otto Tausk rec. 2016 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS39517 [65:23] [GF] If the programme is to your taste it is definitely worth the investment.

Ferdinand RIES (1784-1838) Flute Quartets Vol. 1 - Ardinghello Ens rec. 2015 CPO 555 051-2 [72:09] [SV] Excellent recorded sound, enjoyable music and performances.

Terry RILEY (b.1935) The Palmian Chord Ryddle, At the Royal Majestic - Tracy Silverman (electric violin) Todd Wilson (concert organ) Nashville SO/Giancarlo Guerrero rec. 2012/17 NAXOS 8.559739 [69.21] [MW] A highly enjoyable disc of accessible and continually interesting music.

Bohemia Works by Dvořák, Janáček & Suk - Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) Huw Watkins (piano) rec. 2017 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD510 [74:06] [NH] A cherishable disc; anyone who buys it will surely be pleased with it.

Maurice Gendron (cello) Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin & Schumann - Madeleine Lipatti (piano) rec. 1953 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1355 [68:33] [JW] No hint of ennui in the performances.

Ancient Greece: Musical Inspirations Works by Athenios, Lynch, Partch, Ravel & Whittall - Rody Van Gemert (guitar) Assi Karttunen (harpsichord) rec. 2015 PILFINK JJVCD182 [63:13] [JF] An exceptional CD of imaginative music, perfectly performed.

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