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199 reviews completed so far this month
Ivan Moravec, pianist
November 9, 1930 – July 27, 2015

Leo FALL (1873-1925) Paroli - Anke Krabbe (soprano) Andrea Bönig (alto) Jörg Dürmüller (tenor) WDR Rundfunk Ch & O Köln/Axel Kober rec. 2012 CPO [RW] Strong melodic work well performed.

Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) L’ambizione delusa - Giampiero Cicino (baritone) Candida Guida (alto) O ICO Magna Grecia di Taranto/Antonio Greco rec. 2013 DYNAMIC [DCh] Unlikely that there will ever be a better recording. I congratulate everyone involved for the sheer enterprise of the project.

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) String Quartets 1 & 4, Quartet in E flat - Escher Qt rec. 2014 BIS SACD [DC] At or near the top in this repertoire.

Viktor ULLMANN (1898-1944) Complete Piano Sonatas - Michael Tsalka (piano) rec. 2013/14 PALADINO MUSIC [SA] Will help in continuing the recent interest in the works of this member of a group of tragic composers whose music promised so much only to be cut off so brutally.

Cantigas de Santa Maria IV: Pillars of Wisdom & V: Gabriel's Message - The Renaissance Players/Winsome Evans TALL POPPIES [JV] The performers have taken too many liberties.

Bronisław Gimpel (violin) Concertos by Glazunov, Goldmark & Mendelssohn - South-West German Radio O/Hans Müller-Kray, Georg Solti; O Henri Pensis/Henri Pensis (Goldmark) rec. 1951-57 MELOCLASSIC [SG] A violinist whose recordings definitely merit more exposure.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Xavier de Maistre (harp) Moldau - rec. 2014 SONY CLASSICS [BR] Unexpectedly a delight: a crowd-pleaser with artistry.

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