Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Art of Fugue
Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2013
HYPERION RECORDS [DC]
BWV1080 has been reset – this is now your new default reference (piano).
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Serenades 1 & 2 -
Gewandhaus O Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2014
If you want the serenades in a fine modern recording Chailly’s new version is now the one to go for.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
René de CASTÉRA (1873-1955) Concert, Sicilienne, Piano Trio -
Linda Hall (piano), Samuel Magill (cello), Lucian Rinando (flute), Dean LeBlanc (clarinet), Elmira Darvarova (violin) rec. 2011
AZUR CLASSICAL [DJB]
Only rarely does one uncover a gem such as that which has been unearthed here.
Francois COUPERIN (1668-1733) Ordres
Katherine Roberts Perl (harpsichord) rec. 2013
MUSIC & ARTS [JW]
Captures the many moods and textures with stylish but unselfconscious intimacy. A success from beginning to end.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
James MACMILLAN (b. 1959) St Luke Passion
Netherlands Radio Ch & PO/Markus Stenz rec. 2014
CHALLENGE CLASSICS SACD [JQ]
A superb first recording of an important, gripping score by James MacMillan: a ‘must’ for all his admirers.
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Daphnis et Chloé,
Pavane pour une Infante défunte -
Netherlands Radio Ch,
Rotterdam PO/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
BIS BIS-1850 SACD [63:27]
Doesn’t quite displace Monteux, Munch or Dutoit but it comes closer than any other recording that I know [BW] Everything about this is great except the conducting, which is adequate [BR].
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Danse macabre; Cyprès et Lauriers; Symphony 3 -
Vincent Warnier (organ) Orchestre National de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2013/2014
Slatkin, the Lyon Orchestra, and organist Warnier excel in Saint-Saëns.
Comédie et Tragédie Vol. 1 Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) Le Bourgeois gentilhomme suite Jean-Féry REBEL (1666-1747) Les Elémens Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) Alcyone suite -
Tempesta di Mare/Gwyn Roberts, Richard Stone rec. 2014
Rather tame and bland, and not very theatrical.
I Musicisti dell' imperatore Works by Caldara, Piania, A Scarlatti & Vivaldi -
Raffaella Milanesi (soprano) G.A.P. Ensemble rec. 2014
PAN CLASSICS [JV]
In Milanesi's performances the dramatic and expressive qualities of these cantatas is perfectly conveyed.
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
Concertos by Nardini, Schumann & Vieuxtemps - SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Hans Rosbaud rec. 1955/57
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC [SG]
This outstanding release should keep the memory of this great violinist before the listening public.
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