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RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Complete String Quartets -
Tokyo String Qt rec. 2005-2008
HARMONIA MUNDI SACD [SG]
What better way to bow out after a 44 year career; it doesn’t get much better than this.
Jack BODY (b.1944) Poems of Love and War
Soloists; New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young rec. 2011
A disappointing disc from a well regarded New Zealand composer. Not a CD I’ll be returning to.
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; La Mer -
Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 2004-2013
BIS SACD [GPJ]
Thrilling performances, blessed with a recording of outstanding clarity. Conducting and orchestral playing of the highest class.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Music for Two Pianos -
Martha Argerich & friends rec. 2003-2010
WARNER CLASSICS [MC]
A real treat, full of strong characterful playing and vivid colours.
Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672)
Kleiner geistliche Konzerte -
Concerto Vocale/René Jacobs
HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] Now that Harmonia Mundi have re-released Jacobs’ 1989 recording at super budget price this festive season is a good time to get to know Schütz’s Weihnachts-Historie.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Metamorphosen; Oboe Concerto -
Stefan Schilli (oboe) BRSO/Mariss Jansons/Eugen Jochum rec. 1959/2006
OEHMS CLASSICS [SG]
Worth investigating for the Concerto, but those wishing to savour the delights of the Metamorphosen need to look elsewhere.
Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers
An inventive piece of programming that will appeal to adventurous pianophiles.
Works by Boulez, Sciarrini, Widmann & Ysaye
Carolin Widmann (violin) rec. 2004/6 PROFIL [RWe]
A generous programme of early and late 20th century pieces for solo violin, very varied in the demands they make on the player, and all brilliantly performed.
Stravinsky in Hollywood
A film by Marco Capalbo C MAJOR DVD [JWh]
Wagner vs Verdi
ARTHAUS DVD [JZ]
A solid contribution to the appreciation of the operas of Verdi and Wagner and of the enduring values that exist in those works.
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