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Shostakovich 5, 8 9
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Stratospheric Barbara Hannigan
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Friday September 30th
195 reviews completed so far this month

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 5 - London PO/Stanislaw Skrowaczewski rec. 2015 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA [WK] Save for one issue in the final movement this ranks as one of the best performances currently available.

Harold CRAXTON (1885-1971) Chamber, vocal & piano works - Caroline Goodwin (soprano) James McOran Campbell (baritone) Alison Moncrieff Kelly (cello) Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2000 HAROLD CRAXTON TRUST [JF] I thoroughly enjoyed this CD, and will be keeping my eyes open in the second-hand shops for any sheet music featuring his original piano pieces.

Giuseppe GIORDANI (1751-1798) Sacred Works - Coro Goffredo Petrassi/Stefano Cucci rec. 2015 TACTUS [CRo] Listeners with any interest in choral music of the Classical period may wish to investigate this disc, but it is hard to see that it is recommendable on any wider basis.

Jón NORDAL (b. 1926) Choralis, Adagio, Langnætti, Epitafion & Leiðsla - Iceland SO/Johannes Gustavsson rec. 2015 ONDINE [SG] A welcome release by Ondine, which will fill a void in the catalogue. The vivid sonics are immensely appealing.

Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Complete Solo Piano Music - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pascal Rogé, Jean-Philippe Collard (pianos) rec. 1996-2002 DECCA [DC] Studded with jewels rather than encrusted with them.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Lieder - Florian Boesch (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2015 ONYX [JQ] Despite some reservations there’s much to enjoy in this Schubert recital.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Dives and Lazarus, The Wasps Suite, Symphony No. 2 - Hallé/Sir John Barbirolli, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1944-53 BEULAH [BW] Very fine performances, especially of the ‘London’ Symphony, in very tolerable transfers. 

Calvet Quartet Works by Debussy, Milhaud, Ravel & Samazeulih rec. 1946-48 MELOCLASSIC [JW] There’s real value to be had in tracing Calvet’s reformed and very different post-war ensemble.

Wanda Luzzato (violin) Violin Sonatas - Hans Priegnitz (piano) rec. 1955/56 MELOCLASSIC [JW] Inquisitive violin collectors should make the most of this rare opportunity to hear Wanda Luzzato.

Sonates et Suites Dan Laurin (recorder) Domen Marinčič (cello) Anna Paradiso (harpsichord) rec. 2015 BIS [JV] Strongly gestural and dramatic interpretations.

The world premiere of John Joubert's opera Jane Eyre will be held, as a concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be recorded by Somm Records. 

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[New] Piano Trio Survey: "G" Composers Part 1 by David Barker

Listening Room Report by John Quinn

The Symphonies of Stjepan Šulek by Andrew Hartman

Ernest Reyer: Disciple of Berlioz by Nick Fuller

An interview with violinist Arabella Steinbacher by Michael Cookson

MWI Recommends: Franck Symphony & Wagner Wesendonck Lieder. This is the last MWI Recommends for the time being.


Have You Seen ...? The article The 14 Most Central & South American Composers of the 20th Century

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