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Tuesday February 21st
162 reviews completed so far this month

Eyvind ALNĂS (1872-1932) Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 - Latvian National SO/Terje Mikkelsen rec. 2008 STERLING SACD [JW] Both these symphonies are highly enjoyable, though the First is the more structurally convincing achievement.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B minor - Ch Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto K÷ln/Peter Dijkstra rec. 2016 BR KLASSIK [MC] Peter Dijkstra conducts an achingly beautiful live performance.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partitas - Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) rec. 2014 SONO LUMINUS [SSi] This recording may not be a first choice, but it is safe and steady one which presents the music well but without a flourish.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alban BERG (1885-1935) Wozzeck - Roman Trekel (baritone) Anne Schwanewilms (soprano) Houston SO/Hans Graf rec. NAXOS [GPJ] A fine and very powerful Wozzeck from Houston, with Anne Schwanewilms magnificent and moving as Marie.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Roberto Devereux - Mariella Devia (soprano) Stefan Pop (tenor) O & Ch Teatro Carlo Felice/Francesco Lanzillotta rec. 2016 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [RJF] Without the distractions of Regietheater or intrusive producer concepts, this performance and staging gets to the heart of Donizetti’s last Elizabethan opera.

Gerald FINZI (1901-1956), Arnold BAX (1883-1953) & John IRELAND (1879-1962) Choral works - Daniel Cook (organ), Ch Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec. 2016 HYPERION [EJW] Fine performances from all involved in this recording of English church music.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 - London SO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2014-16 LSO LIVE [ST] Delightful performances.

Leroy SHIELD (1893-1962) Laurel & Hardy: The Original Piano Music - Alessandro Simonetto (piano) rec. 2016 AEVEA [RMay] Evocative and quite delightful.

Marianne Crebassa (mezzo) Oh, Boy! - Mozarteum O Salzburg/Marc Minkowski rec. 2016 ERATO [MR] A wide-ranging programme of mezzo-soprano “trouser-roles” sung with wonderful vibrancy by this most impressive French singer.

Recuerdos Works by Tarrega, Moller, Piazzola, Brookshire, Falla & Nordgren - Athens Guitar Duo rec. 2015 CLAUDIO RECORDS DVD-A [DBi] Another spectacularly well recorded disc.


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Some Independent Label Recordings: January-February 2017 by Brian Wilson

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