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Carlo Bergonzi, tenor
13 July 1924 – 25 July 2014
Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Horn concerto, Theremin concerto
- Annu Salminen (horn) Carolina Eyck
(theremin) Lapland CO/John Storgårds rec. 2012 BIS SACD [DM] The horn
concerto is a deeply impressive construct; though clever, the theremin
concerto is comparatively lightweight.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) A Bach Recital - Penelope Thwaites (piano) rec. 2013 LIR CLASSICS [JW] With a most attractive recording, this release merits warmest
BENJAMIN (b.1960) Written
on Skin - Christopher Purves (baritone)
Barbara Hannigan (soprano) Bejun Mehta (counter-tenor)
Royal Op House O/George Benjamin rec. 2013 OPUS
ARTE DVD [DCh] A great opera with
a gripping story, original and compelling music
and superb performances.
Ignaz BRÜLL (1846-1907) Romantic Piano Music - Janet Olney (piano)
rec. 2007 CAMEO CLASSICS [JW] Played with obvious dedication and affection. Pretty well recorded. Most enjoyable.
Robert ERICKSON (1917-1997) Night Music, Fantasy, East
of the Beach, Auroras - Rose Popper-Keizer (cello) Boston Modern Orchestra
Project/Gil Rose rec. 2008 NEW WORLD RECORDS [DC] Sidestep avant-garde ‘isms’ and enter Erickson’s
personal new world.
Ernest Modeste GRÉTRY (1741-1813) Guillaume
Tell - Marc Laho (tenor) Anne-Catherine Gillet (soprano) Lionel
Lhote (baritone) Natacha Kowalski (mezzo) O & Ch de l’Opéra
royal de Wallonie/Claudio Scimone rec. 2013 MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE [JS] A very welcome addition to the catalogue.
WILLIAMSON (1931-2003) The Complete Piano Concertos - Piers
Lane, Howard Shelley (pianos) Tasmanian SO/Howard Shelley HYPERION [GH] Terrific performances … highly recommendable.
Works for violin and piano by Brahms, Fišer, & Kukal, Martinů & Mozart - Leoš Čepický (violin)
Ivan Klánský (piano)
rec. 2013 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [JW] If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate. The Fišer is a masterpiece.
Borut KRZISNIK (b. 1961) Currents of Time -
Mario Marolt (saxophone) Nino De Gleria (bass) Hugo Sekoranja (piano) Mire Lovric (voice) Borut Krzisnik (guitar, piano, sampler, rhythm machine, tape, noise) Anton Kovac (bass, rhythm machine)
rec. 1990 CLAUDIO RECORDS [DC] Not ‘classical’ but who cares - if it’s good ...
Portrait Gallery - A Life in Classical Music by Edward Greenfield.
Published 2014 Elliott & Thompson [CF] A good read.
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MWI Recommends - Corelli's op. 6 concertos & Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition.
Press release from EM Records about a new release Irish Idylls: piano music by Stanford, Bax & Rosenthal
London performances of Stanislaw Moniuszko's opera Halka in October - details here.
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Boughton's Immortal Hour - nine performances celebrating its centenary in London - details here
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