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OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian
BACH (1685-1750) Johannes-Passion - Mark Padmore (tenor) Roderick Williams, Christian Gerhaher (baritones)
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo)
Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berlin PO/Sir Simon
Rattle rec. 2014 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS DVD & Blu-ray [JQ] Sellars and Rattle bring the St John Passion vividly to life in a completely
Judith BAILEY (b. 1941) Havas, Concerto for orchestra George
LLOYD (1913-1998) The Serf Prelude, In Memoriam, Le Pont du Gard, HMS Trinidad March - Bath Philharmonia/Jason
Thornton rec. 2014 EM RECORDS [IL] A welcome introduction to the orchestral music of Judith Bailey and
to four otherwise unrecorded works by George Lloyd.
BRÜGGE (b. 1958) Music for Strings - Salzburg Chamber
Soloists/Lavard Skou-Larsen rec. 2013 MDG SACD [JW] Likeable and modest.
I can’t imagine anyone actively disliking it.
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images, Prélude
à l’après-midi d’un faune, La Mer - Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 2004/13 BIS SACD [DM] Lan Shui's La Mer is still one of the best on
record; alas, the fillers are rather ordinary.
MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934) Resurrection - Della Jones (mezzo) Christopher Robson (counter-tenor)
Martyn Hill (tenor) Neil Jenkins (tenor) Cat,
Blaze (rock band) Electronic vocal Qt, BBC PO/Sir
Peter Maxwell Davies rec. 1994 NAXOS [PCG] Resurrection really is weird.
Vienna Anonymous Habsburg
Violin Music - Gunar Letzbor (violin) Ars
Antiqua Austria rec. 2013 PAN CLASSICS [JW] Plenty
of incident in these sonatas ... played with
great facility and real verve.
- A Scottish Fantasy Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Scottish Fantasy Traditional Scottish folk music -
Nicola Benedetti (violin) Julie Fowlis, Phil
Cunningham & Aly Bain, BBC Scottish SO/Rory
Macdonald rec. 2014 DECCA [ST] A most
versatile artist and deserves to win Benedetti
many more friends ... and not just north of
and his Soloists - II. 1969-1984 Berlin PO, Vienna PO, O de Paris WARNER
CLASSICS [JWh] Brahms, Strauss
and Beethoven Triple Concerto are stand-out
discs. The rest is less attractive.
& RECENT ARTICLES
[New] Download News 2014/11 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan
Christopher Hogwood - an obituary
Artists: Hélène Boschi by Christopher Howell
A survey of
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Recommends - Chopin piano concertos &
Orff Carmina Burana.
[New] A free ebook "The 20th century violin concertante - A repertoire guide to the compositions for violin concertante written between 1894 and 2006" by Tobias Broeker - available in pdf format here
[New] The Virgil Thomson Foundation is commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death - see here for details
[New] BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week - Sir George Dyson, September 29-October 3.
[New] Ethyl Smyth's opera The Boatswain's Mate - help required - see here for details
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string concertos - 4 CDs £16 each post free
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