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170 reviews completed so far this month

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Stolen Moments - Rikke Sandberg (piano) rec. 2018 DANACORD DACOCD835 [70:48] [JF] Some superb playing here.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No.3 - Musikkollegium Winterthur/Thomas Zehetmair rec. 2018 MDG SACD 901 2090-6 [50.56] [DBi] A worthwhile demonstration of small scale Bruckner but dispatched too quickly by the conductor.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Jeux, Nocturnes - Coro & O ciudad Granada/Héctor Eliel Márquez, Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905291 [51:06] [JQ] An attractive Debussy package.

Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) The Apocalypse - Sydney Philharmonia Ch & SO/Myer Fredman rec. 1982 LYRITA SRCD371 [78:29] [JW] Your only viable chance to hear this tension-filled work.

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760) Das Leiden Jesu - Passion Cantatas II - Solistenensemble Ex Tempore; Mannheimer Hofkapelle/Florian Heyerick rec. 2017 CPO 555 170-2 [79:19] [JV] A further step in the process of discovering Graupner's sacred music.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Planets George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) A Shropshire Lad Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on Christmas Carols - NBC SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1943-44 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC546 [71:28] [JW] Pristine’s Stokowski series keeps up the good work with this well-programmed trio of recordings.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) King Arthur - Sophie Junker (soprano), Zsuzsi Tóth (soprano), Caroline Weynants (soprano), Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier rec. 2018 ALPHA CLASSICS 430 [57:41 + 40:18] [DC] Perhaps a little buttoned-up, but if you can’t bear theatrical mucking about this could be the version for you.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Humoreske; Davidsbündlertänze; Geister-Variationen - Gabriele Carcano (piano) rec. 2018 RUBICON CLASSICS RCD1022 [77:44] [SSi] Lacklustre.

Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Les Saisons Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition - Barry Douglas (piano) rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN10991 [75:46] [RBe] This performance is worthy of standing alongside that of Richter’s.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Macbeth - Roberto Frontali (baritone) Anna Pirozzi (soprano) Ch & O Teatro Massimo/Gabriele Ferro rec. 2017 NAXOS Blu-Ray NBD0077V [156] [RJF] A few idiosyncrasies of staging apart, this is as vibrantly sung and performed a Macbeth as one is likely to see these days.


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