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Thursday April 24th
198 reviews completed so far this month

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 - Edward Kilenyi (piano) SO RIAS Berlin/Jonel Perlea rec. 1955 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR 936 [45:09] [SG] This Brahms recording fleshes out the meagre recorded CD legacy of an almost forgotten pianist.

Ernesto CAVALLINI (1807-1874) Capriccios, Duos - Nicola Bulfone (clarinet) Marco Giani (clarinet) rec. 2005/12 NAXOS 8.573133-34 [78:19 + 77:08] [LJ] Daring, outgoing and always utterly attentive to the character of this elegant bel canto music.

Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 - Ingrid Fliter (piano) Scottish CO/Jun Märkl rec. 2013 LINN CKD 455 SACD [73.21] [PCG] Excellent performances in modern sound.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Estampes, Images Books I & II, Études - Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. 2013 ROMÉO RECORDS 7299/7300 [42:19 + 49:16] [JW] Captivating, musically honest and interpretatively elevated performances, ones that Debussians will want to hear.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de pèlerinage (complete) - Sinae Lee (piano) rec. 2012 NIMBUS NI6202 [3 CDs: 160:43] [JWh] A truly phenomenal recording.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Sorochyntsi Fair, Night on the Bare Mountain Alexander BORODIN Polovtsian Dances - Latko Koroshetz, Bogdana Stritar, Slovenian Ntl Opera Ch & O/Samo Hubad rec. 1955 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO053 [60:46 + 54:14] Sorochinsti Fair - Hermann Kuklin, Svetlana Zalizniak, Ch & O Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and sBallet Theatre of Russia/Evgeny Brazhnik. rec. 1996 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94865 [73:19 + 27:34] [DCh] Reasonable alternatives for anyone not too fussed about understanding what they are listening to.

Osmo Tapio RÄIHÄLÄ (b. 1964) Peat, Smoke and Seaweed Storm - Jukka Harhu (french horn) Matilda Kärkkäinen (piano) Finnish Radio SO/Sakari Oramo, Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2005/12 ALBA ABCD 367 SACD [65:10] [DC] Substantial and well worth exploring.

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Psalms of David - Dorothee Mields (soprano) Dresden Chamber Ch & Baroque O/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2012 CARUS SACD 83.255 [65:48 + 75:35] [JW] The work’s sonic amplitude and grandeur convincingly put across.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 - 1767) Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vols 1 & 5 - Bergen Barokk rec. September 2005/08 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0037/0102 [66:54 & 59:41] [JV] I am very happy with these discs which shed light on the many qualities of this compelling collection of cantatas.

Strike the Viol - Philippe Pierlot, Rainer Zipperling (viola da gamba) Giovanna Pessi (harp) rec. 2009 FLORA 1409 [67:14] [JV] You won't hear such excellent viol playing that often.

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