Vyacheslav ARTYOMOV (b. 1940)
The Way to Olympus, Gurian Hymn, Preludes to Sonnets, Concert of the
13 - USSR State Academic SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 1977-1990
DIVINE ART 25171
An interesting musical exploration that is both compelling and satisfying.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B Minor
- Katherine Watson (soprano)
Tim Mead (counter-tenor)
Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)
André Morsch (bass)
Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HAF8905293.94 [52:16 + 52:47] [DHu]
Not the first version I would reach for.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759)
Acis and Galatea - Lucy Crowe (soprano),
Allan Clayton (tenor),
Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn rec. 2017
CHANDOS CHACONNE CHSA0404 SACD
[37:38 + 49:10] [DBi]
A magnificent performance and recording of one of Handel's most delightful creations.
Carlo Ambrogio LONATI (c.1645-c.1712) Sonate da chiesa
Ars Antiqua Austria rec. 2017 PAN CLASSICS PC10387 [57:27] [DC] Admirable Baroque chamber music.
George PERLE (1915-2009)
Orchestral Music (1965-1987) - Jay Campbell (cello),
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot rec. 2016-2017
An appealing collection of varied instrumental works.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 3 Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Khovanshchina Prelude - Stuttgart RSO/Kurt Sanderling
rec. 1995 SWR CLASSIC SWR19050CD [49:21]
[JQ] Despite the short playing time these Sanderling performances are welcome additions to the catalogue.
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Complete Solo Keyboard Works
Steven Devine (harpsichord) rec. 2013-17 RESONUS RES10214 [3 CDs: 219:39]
[SSi] Steven Divine’s playing may be at a slower tempo than most, but this serves to accentuate the differing aspects of Rameau’s wonderfully colourful music.
Henri VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881)
Viola sonatas - Christian Euler (viola),
Paul Rivinius (piano) rec. 2017
MDG SACD 903 2063-6
Fine performances and truthful recordings of undemanding, at times rather undistinguished viola and piano repertoire.
The House of the Mind
Ch Queen’s College Oxford/Owen Reese rec. 2017
SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD491
A very enjoyable and well planned collection of British sacred music.
Parts To Play Moonkyung Lee (violin)
Martha Locker (piano) rec. 2017 NAVONA NV6165 [54:53] [JW]
An enjoyable recital of largely contemporary music of great approachability and character.
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