(b. 1956) The Singing, A Cage of Doves, Under
the Wing of the Rock, Reckless, Trumpet Concerto - James
Crabb (accordion) Branford Marsalis (alto saxophone) Hĺkan Hardenberger
(trumpet) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Martyn Brabbins
rec. 2014 BIS SACD [DM] Highly inventive,
emotionally complex and consistently inspired this is Beamish at her
considerable best; cracking good sound, too.
(1810-1849) Introduction et Polonaise brillante, Waltz, Cello
Sonata Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960)
Cello Sonata - Duo Arnicans rec. 2014 SOLO
MUSICA [MC] A desirable release worthy of attention
for its standard of performance and absorbing programme.
GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869) Solo Piano Music - Steven Mayer
(piano) rec. 2014 NAXOS Demonstrates
pretty convincingly that we don't always need to treat Gottschalk
scores as if they're best suited to Liberace [RMay] Steven Mayer has not caught all the facets of Gottschalk’s music on this disc [GF].
Calm of the deep
- Hanna Loftsdóttir (viola da gamba), Hamrahild Ch, Nordic Affect
rec. 2012/13 SMEKKLEYSA [PCG] Rather
short measure, but a good advertisement for
a highly accessible composer who deserves to
receive wider recognition.
McCABE (1939-2015) Variations,
Studies, Bagatelles, Haydn Variations
- John McCabe (piano) rec. 1998 NAXOS
An important re-release of a valuable British
Music Society disc that some people -
like me - may have missed first time round.
OF THE MONTH
Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Choral
works - Onyx Brass, Daniel Cook (organ) Ch Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec.
2014 HYPERION [JQ] A magnificent
Act III - Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen,
Gottlob Frick, O & Ch Royal
Opera House/Georg Solti rec. 1963 TESTAMENT
bit of Wagner performance history - and a fine
performance in its own right.
The French Collection - Diana Damrau (soprano) O l’Opéra Ntl de Lyon/Alain Altinoglu
rec. 2014 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [GF]
Not a bad recital but I wish it had been recorded five years ago when
Beczala was still in his prime.
Leonid Kogan (violin) Concertos by Brahms & Tchaikovsky - Boston SO/Pierre Monteux; Paris Conservatory Concert
Society O/Constantin Silvestri rec. 1958/59 MELODIYA [SG] Not all as it seems on the packet.
Stokowski (conductor) All-American Youth
O, Hollywood Bowl SO
rec. 1940-46 MUSIC & ARTS [JW]
A compact feast for Stokowski fans.
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