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Wednesday May 24th
196 reviews completed so far this month

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Olivo e Pasquale - Bruno Taddia, Filippo Morace, O Teatro alla Scala, Coro Donizetti Opera/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. 2016 DYNAMIC DVD [RK] Donizetti enthusiasts will find this recording to be a lively and enjoyable performance of a virtually unknown work from the Master’s second tier. As such it should be celebrated and cherished.

Paul JUON (1872-1940) Rhapsodische Symphonie, Sinfonietta Capricciosa - Bamberg SO/Graeme Jenkins rec. 2015 CPO [RB] Unlikely to conquer your respect and affection at first but attractive and even magical episodes draw you back to explore and deepen your pleasure.

Émile Pierre RATEZ (1851-1934) Chamber Music Vols 1 & 2 - Ewa Murawska (flute) Marcin Murawski (viola) Hanna Holeska (piano) rec. 2015-2016 ACTE PRÉALABLE [EJW] Attractive music from a little-known composer, though none of it is especially cerebral or innovative.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No.1; Theme and Variations; Five Fragments; Scherzos - Luxembourg PO/Gustavo Gimeno rec. 2016. PENTATONE SACD [DM] Gimeno makes amends for a dull symphony with some terrific fillers; caveats aside, this could be the start of a most rewarding partnership.

Enrique SORO (1884-1954) Tres aires chilenos, Sinfonía romántica - Chile SO/José Louis Domínguez rec. 2015 NAXOS [MW] Exciting repertoire in outstanding performances.

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Façade - Carole Boyd, Zeb Soames (reciters) ensemble/John Wilson rec. 2015 ORCHID CLASSICS [PCG] Something of an also-ran.

Before the Ending of the Day Music for Choral Evening Prayer - Exon Singers/Richard Wilberforce Jonathan Vaughn (organ) rec. 2016 RUBICON CLASSICS [JQ] A fine way for the Exon Singers to mark their first five decades.

Quartet Choreography: The Soundtrack Kreutzer Qt rec. 2007/8 MÉTIER [SB] Modernist string quartets which all make unusual physical and visual demands.

Rococo - Musique à Sanssouci Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder) Axel Wolf (lute) Ensemble 1700 rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI [JV] Recorder aficionados won't hesitate to add this disc to their collection, but you don't need to be one of them to really enjoy it.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century The Complete Warner Recordings WARNER CLASSICS CD/DVD [SG] A sterling tribute to a great artist.

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Listening Report April 2017 by John Quinn

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