RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein deutsches Requiem -
Genia Kühmeier, Gerald Finley, Netherlands Radio Ch, Royal Concertgebouw O/Mariss Jansons rec. 2012
RCO LIVE SACD [JQ]
A distinguished account of the Requiem which deserves to rank with the best.
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes -
Maxence Pilchen (piano) rec. 2014
Frankly not competitive.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 -
Brieley Cutting, Angela Turner, Stephen Emmerson, Stewart Kelly (2 pianos 8
hands) rec. 2012
A refreshing new approach to a great symphony that many Mahlerians would enjoy.
Nicola Antonio PORPORA (1686-1768) Female Choruses -
Coro Femminile Harmònia, Ensemble Barocca I Musicali Affeti/Michele Peguri rec. 2014
BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JW]
Enthusiastic but a stop-gap.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony 3 Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Russia -
London SO/Valery Gergiev rec. 2014
LSO LIVE SACD [LW]
Gergiev delivers a tepid performance of Rachmaninov's Third Symphony and fails to convince in Balakirev.
Aribert REIMANN (b. 1936) Lear
Bo Skovhus, Hamburg PO/Simone Young rec. 2014
ARTHAUS MUSIC Blu-ray [DBi]
A very fine performance and recording of a first class, but tough and loud, opera.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Davidsbündlertänze; Kreisleriana
Eugen Indjic (piano) rec. 2013
A very fine recital from a thoughtful performer who is still best-known as one of the “Joyce Hatto” victims.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Violin Concerto, Serenades Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Violin Concerto -
Baiba Skride (violin) Tampere PO/Santtu-Matias Rouvali rec. 2015
Bumpy and over-colouristic. Passagework taken so scrupulously that all spirit of adventure is dissipated.
Giuseppe VALENTINI (1681-1753) Concerti grossi -
Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini rec. 2001
ALPHA CLASSICS [DC]
Absolutely stunning. Now for a complete Op. 7 recording – any takers?
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Works by Chabrier, Debussy, Massenet & Ravel -
Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2012-14
MUSICALES ACTES SUD [ST]
A hit. A good idea for a disc and done so brilliantly that it will appeal to newcomers as well as avowed Francophiles.
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