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Monday May 2nd
11 reviews completed so far this month

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 5 - London SO/Lance Friedel rec. 2014 MSR CLASSICS [DC] Impressive.

Carson COOMAN (b.1982) Shoreline Rune, Symphony 4, Prism - Slovak Ntl SO/Kirk Trevor rec. 2014 DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS [DD] Interesting ideas but largely unfulfilled. Not a disc I’ll be returning to.

Carl NIELSEN (1865–1931) Symphony 4 Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Sinfonia da Requiem Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Miraculous Mandarin Suite - Texas Music Fest O/Daniel Hege rec. 2014 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFERS BD-A [JQ] Assured and highly proficient performances from Texas.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986) Complete Chamber Music and Songs with Harp - Tracey Chadwell (soprano) Danielle Perrett (harp) Timothy Gill (cello) rec. 1995/97 LYRITA [MW] A lovely CD for enthusiasts of music for harp and for lovers of English song. An essential purchase.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) & Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Concertos - Stephen Hough (piano) City of Birmingham SO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2014/15 HYPERION [JF] I look forward to enjoying these recordings many times.

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842–1900) Iolanthe - d'Oyly Carte Opera Co, Royal PO/Royston Nash rec. 1974 DECCA ELOQUENCE [GF] Anyone needing a recording of Iolanthe need look no further than this.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 4 - Arctic Philharmonic/Christian Lindberg rec. 2015 BIS Download [DM] This is the most exhilarating Tchaikovsky Fourth I’ve heard in ages; roll on the next instalment.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Complete Overtures & Orchestral Music from the Operas BRILLIANT CLASSICS [PCG] Among the best recordings in the catalogue. Simonov is clearly a Wagnerian of considerable skill, rather in the manner of Goodall.

Network Music for Wind Band by Britten, Bryant, Mahler & Puts - Ohio State U Wind Symphony/Russel C. Mikkelson rec. 2015 NAXOS [GPJ] An intriguing and highly entertaining disc of music for wind instruments.

Overtures by Beethoven, Cherubini, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Mozart & Weber - Bamberg SO/Karl-Heinz Steffens rec. 2015 TUDOR SACD [NH] Somehow, the whole seems to amount to somewhat less than the sum of its often considerable parts.

Other reviews
Ken Russell’s View of The Planets
Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1983 ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD [IL] I doubt that it will pay many or any return visits to DVD players.


[New] Alan Bunting - An Obituary by Tony Clayden

[New] William Fullerton and The Lady of the Locket by Michael Green

National Discographies Update by Mike Herman

Frank Bridge's Allegro moderato by John France

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MWI Recommends: The symphonies of Alan Hovhaness.


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