OF THE MONTH
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet
No. 2, String Quintet - Pavel Haas Qt rec. 2017
SUPRAPHON SU4195-2 [74:41]
[PB] This is an outstanding recording which
sets a new benchmark for these inspired pieces.
OF THE MONTH
HAMILTON (b.1973) Requiem - Ilona
Domnich (soprano) Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)
Nicky Spence (tenor) David Stout (baritone)
Ian Tindale (organ) Cantoribus, Rosenau Sinfonia/Timothy
Hamilton rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573849
[63:08] [EJW] A fine and moving work, excellently
Ross LAWN (b. 1992)
Songs Of The Sun
- David Ross Lawn (piano) rec. 2016 Private
release [12:41] [BMC] Thoughtful
and restful but very short measure and little
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Symphonies
Nos 1-4 -
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas
rec. 2015/16 SFS MEDIA SFS0071 [2 SACDs: 74.17 + 67.55] [MC]
The San Francisco Symphony is on outstanding form playing exquisitely with gratifying tonal refinement.
Duets of Love &
Passion - Emőke Baráth, Amanda
Forsythe (sopranos) Colin Balzer (tenor) Christian
Immler (baritone) Boston Early Music Fest Chamber
Ens/Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs
rec. 2017 CPO 555135-2
[71:02] [CRo] As good a way as any to start
with this enticing music, and for collectors
of this sort of repertoire it is self-recommending.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Oboe Concerto, Sonatina No. 2, Serenade - Andris Nelsons/Concertgebouw;
Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe) Winds of the Concertgebouw rec. 2014/16
BIS BIS-2163 SACD
[74:12] [DBi] A satisfying coupling of fine performances in clean and up-front recordings.
Ceremonyes of Carolles Psallite Women’s Ch/Nancy Hadden
rec. 2006 CRD 3514 [54:17] [EML] Satisfactory performances, but there are better options.
The Christmas Album American Horn Qt,
Queensland SO Horns,
Harry Wilson (didgeridoo)
Lachlan Hawkins (percussion) rec. 2015 MSR CLASSICS MS1650 [49:34]
[CC] Not just for horn players.
Weyhnacht Marie Luise Werneburg (soprano) Klaus
Mertens (bass) Bell’arte Salzburg/Annegret
Siedel rec. 2015 BERLIN CLASSICS
0300687BC [79:12] [EML] Looking
for something different from the usual carol
Voices of Defiance
Works by Ullmann, Shostakovich & Laks -
Dover Qt rec. 2016 CEDILLE CDR90000173 [73:06] [JW] Performed with refinement and expressive balance as well as driving rhythm and abrasion.
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