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Wednesday October 1st
8 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Johannes-Passion - Mark Padmore (tenor) Roderick Williams, Christian Gerhaher (baritones) Magdalena Kožená (mezzo) Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2014 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS DVD & Blu-ray [JQ] Sellars and Rattle bring the St John Passion vividly to life in a completely new way.

Judith BAILEY (b. 1941) Havas, Concerto for orchestra George LLOYD (1913-1998) The Serf Prelude, In Memoriam, Le Pont du Gard, HMS Trinidad March - Bath Philharmonia/Jason Thornton rec. 2014 EM RECORDS [IL] A welcome introduction to the orchestral music of Judith Bailey and to four otherwise unrecorded works by George Lloyd.

Joachim BRÜGGE (b. 1958) Music for Strings - Salzburg Chamber Soloists/Lavard Skou-Larsen rec. 2013 MDG SACD [JW] Likeable and modest. I can’t imagine anyone actively disliking it.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, La Mer - Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 2004/13 BIS SACD [DM] Lan Shui's La Mer is still one of the best on record; alas, the fillers are rather ordinary.

Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934) Resurrection - Della Jones (mezzo) Christopher Robson (counter-tenor) Martyn Hill (tenor) Neil Jenkins (tenor) Cat, Blaze (rock band) Electronic vocal Qt, BBC PO/Sir Peter Maxwell Davies rec. 1994 NAXOS [PCG] Resurrection really is weird.

Ex Vienna Anonymous Habsburg Violin Music - Gunar Letzbor (violin) Ars Antiqua Austria rec. 2013 PAN CLASSICS [JW] Plenty of incident in these sonatas ... played with great facility and real verve.

Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Scottish Fantasy Traditional Scottish folk music - Nicola Benedetti (violin) Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, BBC Scottish SO/Rory Macdonald rec. 2014 DECCA [ST] A most versatile artist and deserves to win Benedetti many more friends ... and not just north of the border.

Karajan and his Soloists - II. 1969-1984 Berlin PO, Vienna PO, O de Paris WARNER CLASSICS [JWh] Brahms, Strauss and Beethoven Triple Concerto are stand-out discs. The rest is less attractive.


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MWI Recommends - Chopin piano concertos & Orff Carmina Burana.


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