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Tuesday December 1st
10 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 1-9, Violin Concerto - Zino Francescatti (violin) Columbia SO/Bruno Walter rec. 1958-61 SONY CLASSICAL [RMo] Walter more driven and forensic, despite his famed command of rubato.

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) String Quartets Arne NORDHEIM (1931-2010) Rendezvous - Oslo Camerata/Stephan Barratt-Due rec. 2009 NAXOS [SV] I hadn't expected to like the twentieth-century piece on this programme best but Nordheim's Rendezvous is a real find.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Quartets 2 & 3 - Escher Qt rec. 2014 BIS [TPo] Some of the most beautiful string quartet playing I have heard in many a day and superbly recorded.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Il re pastore - John Mark Ainsley (tenor) Sarah Fox, Ailish Tynan, Anna Devin (sopranos) Benjamin Hulett (tenor) The O Classical Opera/Ian Page rec. 2014 SIGNUM CLASSICS [DC] Excellent production of a neglected work.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cinderella - Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Shklyarov, Mariinsky Ballet & O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 MARIINSKY Blu-ray & DVD [RMay] A welcome addition to many balletomanes' collections.

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Preludes - Lukas Geniušas (piano) rec. 2013 PIANO CLASSICS [BR] A pretty good cycle, but as a live concert recording, it’s an extraordinary achievement.

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Zaïs - Julian Prégardien, Sandrine Piau, Les Talens Lyrique/Christophe Rousset rec. 2014 APARTE [ST] Great beauty and winning style. I urge you to explore this.

Balady a legendy Jan Pospíchal (violin) Musica Bohemica/Jaroslav Krček rec. 1978-1986 SUPRAPHON [JW] Hard-core Czech specialists will want these despite lack of texts and translations.

Best of French Baroque Music by Lully, Marais, Mondonville & Rameau - Tafelmuisk/Jeanne Lamon, Ivars Taurins rec. 2001-12 TAFELMUSIK [BW] A good introduction to the French music of the period which more seasoned lovers of the Baroque will enjoy too.

Le Violon Français Works by Franck, Massenet, Saint-Saens, Faure & Ravel - Christian Danowicz (violin) Anna Rutkowska-Schock (piano) rec. 2013 DUX [PCG] Best regarded as a souvenir of performances by the artists concerned.


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