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Friday April 18th
155 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Symphonies and Overtures - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2007-09 DECCA [ST] A hearty welcome to this set marrying the best of the old with the freshness of the new and reminding us of how eternally contemporary Beethoven’s symphonic achievement is.

Anatoly LYADOV (1855-1914) Complete Piano Music Volume 1 - Olga Solovieva (piano) rec. 2005/08 TOCCATA [JW] Charming, deft performances, coolly recorded.

David MATTHEWS (b.1943) String Quartets Volume 2 - Kreutzer Qt rec. 2010/11 TOCCATA CLASSICS [GH] The journey through Matthews’ string quartets is well worthwhile.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphonies 4 & 5, The Hebrides - City of Birmingham SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2013 CHANDOS SACD [ST] Three cheers for this CD, and all the more exciting that this is only Volume 1.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) The A-Z of Mozart Opera - Susan Gritton (soprano) Cora Burggraaf (mezzo) Allan Clayton (tenor) Mark Stone (baritone) Matthew Rose (bass) O of Classical Opera/Ian Page rec. 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS [RMo] Pale and polite facsimiles of Mozart singing.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 20 & 24 - Maria Isabella de Carli, Ezra Rachlin (piano) International Festival Youth O, Houston SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1949-60 GUILD HISTORICAL [JW] Five orchestras at Stokowski’s command in a pleasing, if at times interpretatively uneven programme.

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Leonore 3 - Berlin Radio Ch, Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2004 EUROARTS Blu-ray [RF] At last, one of the great mid-twentieth century musical compositions, whose rhythmic vitality and sonorities have a wide appeal, gets a welcome Blu-Ray airing.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Gerald Finley (baritone) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [RMo] Admirers of Finley will not be disappointed.

William WALTON (1902-1983) Violin Sonata, Two Pieces Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Violin Sonata Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pièce en forme d’Habañera Michael Davis (violin) Rayson Whalley (piano) rec. 1972 CAMEO CLASSICS [JWh] A superb recital from Michael Davis.

Far Away Thomas Michael Allen (tenor) Charles Spencer (piano) rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO [GPJ] A beautifully planned and executed CD by two outstanding musicians, each a master of his art.

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