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100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


 

Recordings of the Month

July


KAPSBERGER
Che fai tù? - Villanelles


Cyrillus KREEK
The suspended harp of Babel


SHOSTAKOVICH
violin concertos - Ibragimova


Peteris VASKS
Viola concerto - Maxim Rysanov


The Complete Lotte Schöne

June


Beethoven String Quartets


Produzioni Armoniche


Seven Symphonic Poems


Shostakovich VC1 Baiba Skride
Tchaikovsky Symph 5 Nelsons


Vivaldi Violin Concertos

 

 

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Tuesday August 11th
Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Chamber Music
Samuli Peltonen (cello) Sonja Fräki (piano) Jaakko Kuusisto, Pekka Kuusisto (violin) rec. 2017/18
BIS BIS-2186 SACD
[80:43] [SSi]

An excellent, well thought out introduction to Aho's chamber music, expertly performed throughout.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 5-7
Richard WAGNER (1811-1883)
Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebstod, Parsifal excerpts
NBC SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. live, 1942/43
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC591
[73:10 + 79:27] [DD]

Superbly transferred recordings of special concerts when Stokowski was at the helm of NBC.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphonies No. 4 & 7
Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 1980/1
MDG 6502150-2
[2 CDs: 134:58] [LD]

This two-fer is a welcome to the catalogue of one classic and one fine recording of perhaps the two most popular Bruckner symphonies.

Edward COWIE (b. 1943)
Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Concerto for Orchestra
Alan Hacker (clarinet) Royal Liverpool PO/Howard Williams rec. 1983/1984
MÉTIER MSV92108
[44:38] [JF]

An amazing disc.
Sir Alexander Campbell MACKENZIE (1847-1935)
Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol. 3
Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2017
SHEVA COLLECTION SH251
 [70:06] [JW]

Howell is a wise and true guide to a variable but valuable portfolio of works.
Bernhard ROMBERG (1767-1841)
Sonatas for Harp and Cello
Zsuzsanna Aba-Nagy (harp) Zsuzsa Szolnoki (cello) rec. 2015
GRAMOLA 99216
[77.29] [IL]

Pleasant and not without its charms; but not really consequential.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767)

The Colourful Telemann

Indianapolis Baroque O/Barthold Kuijken rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.573900
[64:41] [BW]

Looks likely to become a perennial favourite.
Giovanni Battista VITALI (1632-1692)
Partite & Sonate

Italico Splendore rec. 2017
TACTUS TC632204
[60:03] [JV]

Vitali at his most unconventional.
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia
Cappella Romana/Alexander Lingas rec. 2016
CAPPELLA ROMANA CR420
[CD: 76:50 & Blu-ray: 80 mins] [MS]

A beautifully compelling rendering of Byzantine chant reproduced with the ‘recreated’ acoustic of the Hagia Sophia.
The Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music 2019
Vol. 6 - Prize Winners

DUX 1658
[77:47] [GF]

A valuable document from a competition that hopefully will continue to thrive.

Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos - a survey by Ralph Moore

 Piano Trio Discography & Survey: Beethoven
This completes the discography, which will be now updated every 6 months.

Masterwork Index: Schumann's Cello Concerto

 
Erich Gruenberg, violinist
12 October 1924 – 7 August 2020
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