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Friday October 30th
Paul DESSAU (1894-1979)
Chamber Music
Ensemble Avantgarde rec. 2019
MDG 613 2158-2
[78:38] [SSi]

All the music on this disc is engaging and interesting, being an excellent introduction to the small-scale music of Paul Dessau.
Gordon GETTY (b.1933)
Usher House
Christian Elsner (tenor) Etienne Dupuis (baritone) Orchestra Gulbenkian/Lawrence Foster rec. 2011
[67.00] [MP]

Excellent performances all around and a splendid recording do justice to an atmospheric but dramatically flawed opera.
Marcel MIHALOVICI (1898-1985)
Piano Music
Matthew Rubenstein (piano) rec. 2018
[73:52] [JW]

Not easy music, but well worth the effort.
Lynne PLOWMAN (b.1969)
The Beachcomber
Michael Bennett (tenor) Sandrine Charon, Lucy Wakeford (harp) Jinny Shaw (oboe d’amore) Joanna Lam (piano) O Duo (percussion) rec. 2002-19
[46.30] [PCG]

Evocative and attractive music.
Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1995)
Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano
Milan Pala (violin) Ladislav Fanzowitz (piano) rec. 2019
[76:02 + 67:19] [SG]

These potently imaginative scores constitute an ideal starting point for newcomers to Weinberg’s music.
Heaven full of Stars
Martin Ford (organ)
Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.574179
[81:33] [JQ]

A fine celebration of the Vasari Singers’ first forty years.
Ich bin die Auferstehung
Buxtehude & his Copenhagen Connections
Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass-baritone) Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2018
DACAPO SACD 6.220651
[66:44] [DC]

An unusual but appealing collection.
Works by Bach, Biber, Froberger, Schmelzer & Bernhard
Damien Guillon (alto) Café Zimmermann rec. 2019
[96:06] [JV]

The performances have the intensity this repertoire requires to have its full impact.
Introducing the music of Ian King by John Quinn

Conductor Carlo Goldstein in conversation with Ona Jarmalavičiūtė

Talking about Books - what I did during lockdown by Len Mullenger
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Exploring Searle's Piano Sonata by John France

Vladas Bagdonas, Leader of the Vilnius State Choir in conversation with Ona Jarmalavičiūtė

Between what opera is and how it is portrayed Composer Matthew Peterson in conversation with Ona Jarmalavičiūtė

Exploring Salzedo's Capriccio for brass quintet by John France

Mahler's Symphony 4 - an update to Tony Duggan's survey by Brian Wilson


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