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REFERENCE RECORDINGS

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Acte Prealable returns
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Anderson Choral music


colourful and intriguing


Artyomov
Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble


one of Berlioz greatest works


Rebecca Clarke Frank Bridge
High-octane performances


An attractive Debussy package


immaculate Baiba Skride


eloquent Cello Concerto


tension-filled work


well crafted and intense


Laangaard
another entertaining volume


reeking of cordite


Pappano with a strong cast


imaginatively constructed quartets


the air from another planet


vibrantly sung


NOT a budget performance


very attractive and interesting


finesse and stylistic assurance

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Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Wonderful Town - Rafaëlle Cohen, Jasmine Roy, Bob Baker, Ch & O L’Opéra Toulon/Larry Blank rec. 2018 BELAIR CLASSIQUES BAC158 DVD [122:00] [JQ] A classic case of the production getting in the way of an otherwise enjoyable performance.

Nicolas CHÉDEVILLE (1705-1782) Les Saisons Amusantes - Ens Danguy/Tobie Miller rec. 2018 RICERCAR RIC398 [51:45] [JV] The perfect disc to cheer you up on a dull day.

Domenico CIMAROSA (1749-1801) L’impresario in angustie - Carlo Torriani (bass) Camilla Antonini (mezzo) O Bruno Maderna di Forlì/Aldo Savagno rec. 2017 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95746 [77:06] [MMB] Collectors of opera of this period will find this a good addition to their collection.

Gavin GREENAWAY (b.1964) Woven - Gavin Greenaway (piano & synths) rec. 2018 TENUTO TNRCD2 [43.21] [IL] A truly delightful solo outing from a composer best known for his film work.

Alexander MOYZES (1906-1984) Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 - Slovak RSO/Ladislav Slovák rec. 1990/94 NAXOS 8.573653 [70:35] [GH] Two symphonies by a composer at the peak of his powers, though let down somewhat by the sound.

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Offenbach Colorature - Jodie Devos (soprano) Adèle Charvet (mezzo) Münchner Rundfunk O/Laurent Campellone rec. 2018 ALPHA CLASSICS 437 [60.57] [MC] A must for lovers of French Romantic operetta and opera repertoire.

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The Light of the World - Natalya Romaniw (soprano) Ben McAteer (baritone) BBC Symphony Ch & Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2017 DUTTON EPOCH 2CDLX7356 SACD [2 discs: 146.19] [MW] A ground-breaking and special performance of superb music.

Jacqueline Eymar (piano) César FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano Quintet, Prélude, Choral et Fugue - Quatuor Loewenguth rec. 1953/55 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR115 [54:34] Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Nocturnes, Impromptus, Cello Sonata No. 2 - André Navarra (cello) Annie d'Arco (piano) rec. 1949/57 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR771 [52:04] Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Preludes rec. 1957 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR254 [59:05] [SG] A pianist worth getting to know.

Frank Merrick (piano) A Recorded Legacy rec. 1961-1970s NIMBUS NI8820-25 [6 CDs: 419:02] [JW] A splendid and devoted undertaking.

Spring will come Choral rarities from the Grand Duchy of Finland - Helsinki Chamber Ch/Nils Schweckendiek rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2442 [53:11] [GF] Marvellous performances of an interesting survey of Finnish choral music.

NEW & RECENT ARTICLES

[New] Puccini’s La fanciulla del West - a survey by Ralph Moore

Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov - a survey by Ralph Moore

Second Thoughts & Short Reviews Winter 2019-2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

Martin Dalby - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

Berlioz's Les Troyens - a survey by Ralph Moore

NOTICES

[New] From Acte Préalable: Zygmunt Noskowski - Complete Songs Vols 1-3; Otton Mieczyslaw Zukowski - Opera Omnia Secularia vols 1-2; Romuald Twardowski - In the Night's Stillness

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