BRAHMS (1833-1987) Chaconne,
Klavierstücke, Rhapsodies, Fantasies - Anna
Vinnitskaya (piano) rec. 2014 ALPHA
[RWe] A well-planned
and richly recorded selection of some of Brahms’s
major collections of shorter piano works, given
passionate advocacy by Vinnitskaya.
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Cello Concerto Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidre, Canzone - Antonio Janigro (cello) Vienna State Opera O/Dean Dixon; Royal PO/Arthur Rodzinski rec. 1950 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] I’m more than grateful to Forgotten Records for making these wonderful recordings available again.
Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987)
Palais de Mari & other piano works
George CRUMB (b. 1929)
Processional, A Little Suite for Christmas ‘AD 1979’
- Steven Osborne (piano)
Epiphanies aplenty for newcomers and old hands alike; ravishing sound, too.
Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano
Sonatas - Enrique
Bagaría (piano) rec. 2015 EUDORA SACD
the omnipresent technical polish and clear musicianship,
the performances on this disc cannot come in
as first choices.
Arthur Vincent LOURIÉ (1891-1966) Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Giorgio Koukl (piano) rec. 2016 GRAND PIANO [SA] Koukl‘s luminous playing makes this disc a superb place to begin to fire up one’s interest in such a musically fascinating find.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La Gazzetta - Cinzia Forte, Enrico Marabelli, Laurent Kubla, Edgardo Rocha, O & Ch of Opéra Royal de Wallonie/Jan Schultsz rec. 2014 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [MC] Nothing to get too excited about as everything here is rather so-so.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies
Nos 1, 2 & 5 - Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2014/15 ONYX [IL] Good to be reacquainted with the early hesitant Tchaikovsky as symphonist. Petrenko's Fifth disappoints a little but it is a high voltage reading.
WAGHALTER (1881-1949) Violin Concerto,
Rhapsodie, Violin Sonata - Irmina Trynkos
(violin) Giorgi Latsabidze (piano) Royal PO/Alexander
Walker rec. 2010-13 NAXOS
Mandragola, New World Suite, Masaryk’s Peace March
- New Russia State SO/Alexander Walker rec.
2013 NAXOS [RB] Fascinating again but the Violin Concerto
is quite a discovery and one longs to hear the
Paul Kletzki (conductor) Johannes
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Symphony 'Unfinished' Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
(1770-1827) Leonore Overture No. 3 -
Swiss Fest O rec. 1946 AUDITE
[JW] Audite has done
well to restore this concert.
The Pleasures of the Imagination English 18th Century Music for the Harpsichord -
Sophie Yates (harpsichord) rec. 2015 CHANDOS [JV] Sophie Yates is a most eloquent advocate of this neglected repertoire.
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