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Tuesday August 30th
243 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio - Camilla Nylund, Jonas Kaufmann, O & Ch Zurich Opera/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 2004 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [ST] The various fussinesses mean it isn’t a top choice.

Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946) Gershwin Arrangements - Dirk Herten (piano) WH'TE [DC] Fascinating, but not the last word on this cycle.

Jan van GILSE (1881-1944) Piano Concerto, Variations on a Saint-Nicolas Song - Oliver Triendl (piano) Netherlands SO/David Porcelijn rec. 2014 CPO [RB] Sure-footed and good-hearted.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963), Karl RANKL (1898-1968) & Norbert SPRONGL (1892-1983) Sonatas for double bass - Leon Bosch (double bass) Sung-Suk Kang (piano) MERIDIAN [PCG] For those curious about the music, this disc can be heartily recommended.

John McCABE (1939-2015) Requiem Sequence, Visions, Irish Song Book, Siberia, Desert IV Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971) Theme & Studies - John McCabe (piano) William Byrd Singers, Northern CO/Nicholas Ward rec. 1995-2015 PRIMA FACIE [JF] A splendid survey of some treasures from McCabe’s catalogue.

Nikolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Sonata-Reminiscenza, Sonata Tragica Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Preludes - Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) rec. 2009-14 BIS SACD [RWe] Sudbin’s adds further to his stature as an interpreter of Medtner and Rachmaninov.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartets Nos 3 & 5 - Parker Qt rec. 2015 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [MW] Inspired, energetic playing which goes to the heart of Mendelssohn’s genius.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Threni, Requiem Canticles - Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish PO/Philippe Herreweghe rec. 2014 PHI [SG] Comparative rarities, stylishly performed.

Bach and the Stile Antico Choral works by Bach, Palestrina & Bassani - St Salvator’s Chapel Ch, Ars Eloquentiae, Fitzwilliam String Qt/Tom Wilkinson (organ) rec. 2015 SANCTIANDREE [MR] An own label release which focuses on academic issues but contains some excellent music-making.

Dichter.Liebe Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Dichterliebe Heinrich HEINE (1797-1856) Lyrisches Intermezzo - Cornelia Horak (soprano) Stefan Gottfried (piano) Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz (recitation) rec. 2014 GRAMOLA [GF] A deeply engaging experience.


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