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Friday October 9th
76 reviews completed so far this month

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 PARATY [SB] Frankly not competitive.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 - Brieley Cutting, Angela Turner, Stephen Emmerson, Stewart Kelly (2 pianos 8 hands) rec. 2012 MELBA [JW] 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 DUX [BR] 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 ORFEO [JW] 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 France-Espagne 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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