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Monday November 24th
155 reviews completed so far this month
Arthur Butterworth MBE, composer
4 August 1923 – 20 November 2014
An obituary by Paul Conway
A Taste of Arthur Butterworth ~~ Arthur Butterworth Writes

Anatoly ALEXANDROV (1888–1982) Piano Music Vol. 2 - Kyung-Ah Noh (piano) rec. 2013/14 TOCCATA CLASSICS [RB] If your taste runs to Rachmaninov and then to Medtner here is a composer and a series you owe it to yourself to pursue.

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti e i Montecchi - Nicole Cabell (soprano) Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) Saimir Pirgu (tenor) Eric Owens (bass) San Francisco Opera/Riccardo Frizza rec. 2012 EUROARTS DVD [PCG] In this of all operas it is the singing that really matters and this superb rendition will enchant viewers and listeners alike.

Matti BORG (b. 1956) 15 Songs to poems by Gustaf Fröding, Landscape - Gitta Maria Sjöberg (soprano) Mattias Nilsson (baritone) Nordic CO/Erik Jakobsson; U Ch Lille MUKO, Copenhagen/Jesper Grove Jørgensen DANACORD [GF] Readers with the slightest interest in present day Nordic music should give this well-engineered disc a try. It is well worth anyone’s money.

Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837) Piano trios 2, 3, 6 & 7 Gould Piano Trio o rec. 2013 NAXOS Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL Piano trios 5 & 6 - Trio Parnassus SWR MUSIC [DJB] Pleasant and undemanding music; the Parnassus performances provide more character but less content.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphony 3, The Hebrides overture Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Concerto - Maria João Pires (piano) London SO/John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2014 LSO LIVE SACD/BD-A [ST] Very winning ways from Gardiner and Pires.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring, Symphony of Psalms - SWR SO Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ch & O Ntl de la Radiodiffusion Française/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1953/57 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC418 [56.57] [GH] Worth searching out for your library not only to show how these pieces were done over fifty years ago but also as an example of high standard transfers at their best.

Candlelight Carols Jacqueline Kerrod (harp) Seraphic Fire/Patrick Dupré Quigley rec. 2013 SERAPHIC FIRE MEDIA [DM] Lean festive fare that’s not without nourishment; fine performances and decent sound.

Gaspar Cassadó (cello) German Radio Recordings - Max Strub (violin) Adrian Aeschbacher, Willy Hammer (piano) rec. 1940/44 MELOCLASSIC [JW] A valuable reclamation from German broadcast material of the 1940s.

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Peter GRAHAM (b. 1958) The Triumph of Time Black Dyke Band/Professor Nicholas J. Childs rec. 2014 DOYEN [JF] Graham must be one of the best exponents of the brass band medium composing today. Deserves all success.

The Golden Years of Light Music Grandstand: Production Music of the 1940s rec. 1942-48 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC [JF] An album likely to appeal strongly to all enthusiasts of light music.


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Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in conversation with Michael Cookson

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