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Friday January 15th
York BOWEN (1884-1961)
Piano works Nicolas Namoradze (piano)
rec. 2019 HYPERIONCDA68303 [66:21] [JF]
A most welcome release.
Nicola LeFANU (b. 1947) The Crimson Bird & other orchestral
works BBC SO/Norman Del Mar, Ilan Volkov,
RTÉ Ntl SO/Colman Pearce rec. 1973-2017 NMC D255 [76:28]
I hope that this excellent disc is just the first of a series dedicated to exploring the music of Nicola LeFanu.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Schwanengesang, Quatre Valses oubliées Can Çakmur (piano) rec. 2020 BIS BIS2530 SACD [80:12] [MZ]
The young pianist Can Çakmur makes a vivid impression with thoughtful performances of Liszt obscurities, beautifully recorded.
Alexander MOSOLOV (1900-1973) Symphony No 5,
Harp Concerto Taylor Ann Fleshmann (harp)
Moscow SO/Arthur Arnold rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574102 [68.55]
The symphony may not provide much interest, but the concerto is a fine work.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise Asambura Ensemble
rec. 2019 DECURIO 004 [77:29] [CSe] A high water-mark of German Romanticism is subsumed within a Persian deluge
- the result is strange, disorientating and transformative.
Edward SMALDONE (b. 1956) Once and Again Brno PO Strings/Mikel Toms
rec. 2013-2019 NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS FCR258 [67:14]
Works with structural integrity, aural brilliance and rhythmic vitality.
Magical Russia Duo Natalia
rec. 2019 ARS PRODUKTION ARS38571 [77:02]
[RCh] Intonation problems mean that this is
not a disc I shall be returning to.
Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor Heinz Unger and His Search for Jewish Meaning 1895-1965
by Hernan Tesler-Mabé
publ. 2020 University of Toronto Press [SG]
A worthy tribute to a long-forgotten conductor and devoted Mahlerite, whose evangelistic zeal did much to promulgate the composer's music.
Isaac Stern (violin) Live Vol. 2 Pinchas Zukerman (violin)
Leonard Bernstein (piano)
Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
rec. February 1953-68 DOREMI DHR-8128-29 [79:37 +79:19] [JW]
Enough good things to tempt even the Sternist sated by the vast Sony box.
Works by Lehar, Schoenberg, Fried & Korngold Stuart Skelton (tenor) Christine Rice (mezzo)
BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2020 CHANDOS SACD CHSA5243 [63:36]
Recommended both for the excellent performances and valuable programme.
NEW from Acte Prealable AP0480 Żeleński -
Roguski - Recently Discovered Works
AP0481 René de Boisdeffre - Songs 1
AP0488-89 Carl Maria von Weber - Complete Piano Sonatas AP0490 Swan
Hennessy - Viola and Piano Works
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