Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky) -
Britten Sinfonia/Thomas Gould rec. 2015
HARMONIA MUNDI SACD [DC]
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata 3 Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata -
Patrycja Piekutowska (violin); Anna Miernik (piano) rec. 2014
Short playing time and over-managed interpretations.
Adolf JENSEN (1837-1879)
Orchestral Works -
Philharmonie Baden-Baden/Pavel Baleff rec. 2014
GENUIN CLASSICS [NB]
Worthy but minor.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Johannes OCKEGHEM (c.1410/25-1497) Missa L'homme armé -
Ensemble Nusmido rec. 2014
Technically accomplished and inspired readings that would grace any vocal collection.
Johann PACHELBEL (1653 - 1706) Festal Sacred Music
- Johann Rosenmüller Ens/Arno Paduch rec. 2002
A most enjoyable production, with compelling music and performances.
David POPPER (1843-1913) Cello Concertos 1-3 -
Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) WDR Radio Studio Orchestra of Cologne/Niklas Willén rec. 2011
Unusual fare in excellent performances.
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano Trio 2, Piano Quartet 1 -
Gould Piano Trio; David Adams (viola) rec. 2014
Outstanding playing - consistently engaging, always intelligent and constantly assured.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Preludes, Rhapsody in Blue
Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua (piano) rec. 2013
GRAND PIANO [NB]
As an appendix to the more familiar orchestral versions this is a wholly enjoyable and well-performed anthology.
William WALTON (1902-1983)
Improvisations, Cello Concerto Symphony 2 -
Paul Watkins (cello) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. rec. 2013/14
CHANDOS SACD [JQ]
Another splendid Walton collection from Edward Gardner in superb Chandos sound.
Sounds of Spain and the Americas Sebastian See-Schierenberg (violin) Ramon Ruiz (guitar) Sophia Lisovskaya (piano) rec. 2003/14
SIGNUM CLASSICS [JW]
A sense of real communicative spirit at work here.
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