Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) The Violin Sonatas - Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (violin)
James Winn (piano) rec. 2013 MSR CLASSICS [JB] Seasoned musicianship and sublime instruments meet beautifully in this
wonderful performance - Brahms would be proud.
Zdeněk FIBICH (1850-1900) Symphony 2, At twilight, Idyll, Selanka - Irvin Venyš (clarinet) Czech Ntl SO/Marek štilec rec. 2012 NAXOS [PCG] Those who enjoy the Dvořák
symphonies will find much to interest them here.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano sonatas,
Fantasia - Sung-Suk Kang (piano) rec. 2012 MERIDIAN [PRB] All
in all a satisfying CD which does what it says
on the tin, but which artistically sits between
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le
nozze di Figaro - Vito Priante
(baritone) Lydia Teuscher (soprano) Sally Matthews
(soprano) The Glyndebourne Ch/O of the Age of
Enlightenment/Robin Ticciati rec. 2012 OPUS
ARTE Blu-ray [CC] A
very professional, class product. It is fitting
that Glyndebourne's most recent Figaro has been
captured so effectively.
RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Complete Orchestral
Music - Vol. 4: Antiche danze e arie per liuto, Rossiniana Suite, Concerto in modo
misolidio, Metamorphoseon modi XII - Désirée Scuccuglia (piano) Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2009-12 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JWh] Overall a mixed
bag. Buy with considerable caution.
ROSSI (c.1570-c.1630) Il
Mantovano Hebreo - Profeti della
Quinta rec. 2012 LINN RECORDS [LJ] I
defy any listener to not be utterly entranced
and uplifted by this gracious and cavorting
Collection Vols. 12, 14 & 15 Works by Beltràn
PAGOLA (1878-1950) Pedro SANJUÁN (1886-1976) & Carmelo BERNAOLA (1929-2002) Euskadiko SO/Rubén
Gimeno, Andrés Orozco-Estrada & Juanjo Mena rec. 2008/12 CLAVES [RB] Rewarding series that reflects the variety of creative
music-making among Basque composers.
A Tribute to Erling Blöndal Bengtsson - Vol. 3 Dimitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Cello Concerto 1 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Cello Sonata André JOLIVET (1905-1974) Suite - Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello)
Iceland SO/Jean-Pierre Jacquillat; Anker Blyme (piano) rec. 1970/80 DANACORD DACOCD 740 [58:39] [LJ] Bengtsson, a cellist of high
renown who turns heads … and ears.
Forever Unforgettable songs from Vienna, Broadway and Hollywood - Diana
Damrau (soprano) Rolando Villazón (tenor) Royal Liverpool PO/David
Charles Abell rec. 2012/13 ERATO [GF] If the repertoire on this disc appeals to you - don’t hesitate.
Alexander Goldenweiser (piano) Pyotr
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Album
for the Young Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Lyric Pieces -
rec. c.1952-54 APR 5661 [71:35] [JW] A fine contribution
to Goldenweiser’s case, doing as much
as reasonably possible to present these recordings
in the best audible light.
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English Music Festival, May 23-26 - see here for details.
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