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Friday February 12th
102 reviews completed so far this month

Henri DUTILLEUX (1916-2013) Métaboles; Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes; Symphony 2 - Augustin Hadelich (violin) Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot rec. 2014 SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA [LW] Morlot and the Seattle Symphony’s second volume of Dutilleux equals its predecessor.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Jenůfa - Michaela Kaune, Will Hartmann, Ladislav Egr, Deutsche Oper O Berlin/Donald Runnicles rec. 2014 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [ST] Probably now the top choice.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Sonata (arr. violin) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partita 2 - Vera Vaidman (violin) rec. 2014 ROMÉO RECORDS [JW] Caught between listening to a piece of music and a lexicon of a super-virtuoso’s arsenal.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 (arr. for piano 4 hands) - Maasa Nakazawa, Suhrud Athavale (piano) rec. 2013 NAXOS [PCG] I end up wondering why so much effort has been expended on a version which inevitably can only be second best.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Alec ROTH (b 1948) A Time to Dance; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; Men and Angels - Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore rec. 2014 HYPERION [JQ] Highly entertaining and a splendid recording.

Johann Gottlob SCHNEIDER (1789-1864) Der Orgelkönig - Halgeir Schiager (organ) rec. 2013 LAWO CLASSICS [DC] Scholarly and entertaining.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 10, Passacaglia - Boston SO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [MC] Chilling anxiety … magnificent playing.

Sir Arthur SOMERVELL (1863-1937), Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) & Richard WALTHEW (1872-1951) Clarinet Quintets - Stephan Siegenthaler (clarinet) Leipzig String Qt rec. 2013 CPO [SV] A lovely, soft-grained tone … execution is consistently handsome, providing incisiveness and lyricism as needed.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Aida - Kristin Lewis, Fabio Sartori, Anita Rachvelishvili, O La Scala/Zubin Mehta rec. 2015 C MAJOR DVD [RF] The sparse staging, idiosyncratic lighting, combined with mediocre singing and the omission of music leaves this production of Verdi’s spectacular late work in question and makes this recording hardly recommendable.

A Flight Through the Orchestra A Film by Henning Kasten Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony 2 - Deutsches SO Berlin/Tugan Sokhiev EUROARTS Blu-ray [MB] Unfortunately I found this a missed opportunity.

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