Mason BATES (b 1977) Children of Adam
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Dona Nobis Pacem
Richmond SO & Ch/Steven Smith rec. 2017/18 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FRESH! FR-732 [61:17]
Well-recorded and -performed accounts of two very different Whitman-inspired choral works.
Madrigali a cinque voci
Exaudi Vocal Ens/James Weeks rec. 2019 WINTER & WINTER 910 259-2 [60:31]
If you are keen on Gesualdo’s Madrigali then you owe it to yourself to acquire this recording.
Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
St. Cecilia Mass Georges BIZET(1838-1875) Te Deum -
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Munich Motet Ch & SO/Hans Rudolf Zöbeley rec. 1996 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC19046 [60:21]
[EJW] Beautifully performed.
Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) String Quartets Nos 1
& 2 Anton WEBERN (1883-1945)
Langsamer Satz - Airis String Qt rec.
2018 CD ACCORD ACD 245-2 [63:09]
[JW] Persuasive accounts.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.1
Minnesota O/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2018 BIS BIS2346 SACD [56:45]
[MW] A wonderfully insightful, if slightly unusual, interpretation of a great symphony: worth the attention of any serious Mahlerian.
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
– Jussi Björling (tenor) Victoria de los Ángeles (soprano)
Columbus Boys’ Ch,
RCA Victor Ch & O/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO164 [53:43 + 53:31]
[RMo] Pristine gives a classic recording new life with this remastering into Ambient Stereo.
Michel YOST (1745-1801)
Clarinet Concertos Johann Christian VOGEL (1756-1788) Symphony
Susanne Heilig (clarinet)
Kurpfälziches Kammer O/Marek Štilek rec. 2017 CPO 555 191-2 [73.17]
An entertaining disc of clarinet concertos from late 18th century Paris.
Music for Saint
Katherine of Alexandria Binchois Consort/Andrew
Kirkman rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68274 [66:17] [SSi] The Binchois Consort prove that there is lots to enjoy in English music before Byrd and Tallis.
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Javier Núñez (harpsichord) rec. 2017 DUX 1567 [65:08] [JV]
A colourful programme of instrumental music, a perfect illustration of some features of a period of experimentation and improvisation.
The Yiddish Cabaret
Works by Korngold, Schulhoff & Desyatnikov -
Hila Baggio (soprano)
Jerusalem Qt rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902631 [59:54] [RHa]
The Korngold is the standout here, although the song cycle is colourfully written and superbly performed.
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