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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
Transparent Granite!

Nothing but Praise

BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set

Telemann continues to amaze

A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition

Another Bacewicz winner

match any I’ve heard

An outstanding centenary collection

personable, tuneful, approachable

a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.

music that will be new to most people

telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded

hitherto unrecorded Latvian music


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Friday August 17th
109 reviews completed so far this month

Richard Rodney BENNETT (1936-2012) Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - BBC Scottish SO/John Wilson rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHSA5212 SACD [69.25] The Glory and the Dream - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Ch/Paul Spicer, Nicholas Morris (organ) rec. 2017 SOMM C…LESTE SOMMCD0184 [62.43] [MC] Bennett’s music is well served by both these new releases.

Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904-1975) Il Prigioniero - Graz Opera Ch & PO/Dirk Kaftan rec. 2017 OEHMS CLASSICS OC970 [47:31] [SB] A good new version of Dallapiccola’s breakthrough work, but not the best there is.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1751) Acis and Galatea - Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano) Sir Peter Pears (tenor) St Anthony Singers, Philomusica London/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1959-61 PRISTINE PACO149 [67.15 + 76.55] [PCG] A doubly valuable reissue.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Das Marienleben - Juliane Banse (soprano) Martin Helmchen (piano) rec. 2017 ALPHA CLASSICS 398 [70:47] [SSi] A wonderful performance of one of the most important works of the 1920s.

Bartłomiej PĘKIEL (? - c1666) Masses & motets - Aldona Bartnik (soprano) Matthew Venner (alto)/Andrzej Kosendiak rec. 2015 CD ACCORD ACD222-2 [66:18] [JV] Fine music, and the performances are first class.

Percy SHERWOOD (1866–1939) Concerto for Violin and Cello Frederic COWEN (1852–1935) Symphony No.5 - Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin) Joseph Spooner (cello) BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2017 EM RECORDS EMRCD047 [77:49] [RB] EM Records have done extremely well here with two very substantial gaps filled with the sort of affirmative imaginative style we have become accustomed to from this label.

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Piano Sonatas - Elisaveta Blumina (piano) rec. 2016 CPO 555104-2 [65:32] [SA] Blumina meets whatever challenges the composer presents with insightful playing that makes listening a joy.

Mozart in London The Mozartists/Ian Page rec. 2015 SIGNUM SIGCD534 [77:24 + 67:06] [BW] A most enjoyable set, placing Mozart’s earliest music in context of the London which he visited aged eight.


[New] Stanfordian Thoughts: 5. The smaller orchestral works by Christopher Howell

[New] Piano Trio Discography & Review Index: Felix Mendelssohn

 Ponchielli's La gioconda - a survey by Ralph Moore

 Robert Pascall - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

Parry's Due: An approach to his music by Michael Trott

In Search of Sibelius Six by Christopher Howell

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Summer 2018 Pt 1 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Classical Music on Stamps This week: Opera & operetta from Austria


Opera North has made available a performance of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti on Youtube.

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