Ernest CHAUSSON (1833–1897) Poème de l'amour et de la mer Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Les Nuits d’été Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) Three Songs -
Soile Isokoski (soprano) Helsinki PO/John Storgårds rec. 2014
An authentic facsimile of Gallic sensuousness.
Julius Ernst Wilhelm FUČÍK (1872-1916) A Festival of Fučik
Royal Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Järvi rec. 2015 CHANDOS SACD
Fučík generously and idiomatically surveyed and done in crashing style
[RB] Plenty for lovers of light music to enjoy here [BW].
Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sacred Choral Music -
Kammerchor I Vocalisti/Hans-Joachim Lustig rec. 2015
A most valuable disc.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Les amoureuses sont des folles
Sally Silver (soprano) Richard Bonynge (piano) Christine Tocci (mezzo) Nico Darmanin (tenor) Gabriella Swallow (cello) rec. 2014
A strong choice for all lovers of Massenet’s richly sentimental lyricism.
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Chamber Music for Strings -
Mandelring Qt; Gunter Teuffel (viola); Cremona Qt rec. 2011/12
Compelling and life-affirming readings, which convey the Mandelring's utter commitment to the music.
(1797-1828) Symphony 9 -
Basel SO/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2013
SINFONIEORCHESTER BASEL [MC]
Clearly a labour of love, this winning reading combines glorious drama and deep compassion.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony 7 - Russian Ntl O/Paavo Järvi rec. 2014
PENTATONE SACD [RWe]
A fine disc but not the whole story of the Seventh.
Christopher SIMPSON (c.1605-1669) Ayres and Graces
Chelys Consort of Viols rec. 2013
BIS SACD [DC]
Easy to love.
Roman STATKOWSKI (1859-1925) Piano Music -
Barbara Karaśkiewicz (piano) rec. 2012
DIVINE ART [JF]
One of many ‘forgotten’ composers who deserves to be rehabilitated. Beautifully played.
Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Cello Concerto; Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto -
Leonid Kogan (violin) Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Alexander Korneyev (flute) rec. 1961-68
This is your 'historic' Weinberg Concerto disc.
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