Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Trios, Op. 9 -
Jascha Heifetz (violin) William Primrose (viola) Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)
rec. 1957/60 PRISTINE AUDIO [RMo] Three now legendary musicians playing in harmony and now heard for the first time in more than tolerable – indeed very acceptable – stereo sound.
OF THE MONTH Jake
HEGGIE (b. 1961) Out of
Darkness - Caitlin Lynch (soprano)
Sarah Larsen (mezzo) Music of Remembrance/Mina
Miller rec. 2012/13 NAXOS [GF] A disc
to savour and return to for the beauty of the
music, for the excellence of the performances
and for its message.
JESSEL (1871-1942) Schwarzwaldmädel - Benno Kusche (baritone) Brigitte Lindner (soprano)
Adolf Dallapozza (tenor) Stuttgart
PO/Willy Mattes rec. 1976 WARNER CLASSICS [JS] Music
of energy and charm ... a real discovery.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1808-1847) Symphony 3, The Hebrides overture Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano concerto -
Maria João Pires (piano)
London SO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
rec. 2014 LSO LIVE SACD/BD-A [DJB] Exceptional Mendelssohn, a different but interesting take on the Schumann, all in demonstration class sound.
Nikolaus von REZNICEK (1860-1945) Symphonies 3 & 4 - Robert Schumann Philh/Frank
Beermann rec. 2010 CPO [CF] Frank
Beermann, all power to his elbow, has espoused
the Reznicek cause with apparent vigour and
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’italiana in Algeri -
Alex Esposito (bass) Anna Goryachova (mezzo)
Ch & O Teatro Communale, Bologna/José Ramón Encinar
rec. 2013 OPUS ARTE DVD [RJF] Rossini’s second most popular comic opera is brought up to date in spectacular fashion in this production that will appeal to some and appal others.
Philip SAWYERS (b.1951) Cello Concerto,
Concertante for Violin & Piano -
Maja Bogdanovic (cello) Louisa Stonehill (violin) Nicholas Burns (piano)
Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods
rec. 2013 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [NB] Music that is accessible in the best sense - knotty but not opaque, challenging but compelling.
SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Nachtviolen - Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Gerold
Huber (piano) rec. 2012 SONY CLASSICAL [MC] A
veritable master-class in musicality.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) & Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonatas -
Antonio Janigro (cello)
Eva Wollmann (piano)
rec. 1955 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] Long forgotten treasures, sympathetically restored.
Shehori (piano) The Celebrated New York
Concerts Vol. 7 rec. 1979-90 CEMBAL
D’AMOUR [JW] An
enjoyable continuation of Shehori’s live
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