van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies
1-9, Violin Concerto - Zino Francescatti
SO/Bruno Walter rec. 1958-61 SONY
CLASSICAL [RMo] Walter more driven
and forensic, despite his famed command of rubato.
GRIEG (1843-1907) String Quartets
Arne NORDHEIM (1931-2010)
Rendezvous - Oslo Camerata/Stephan Barratt-Due
rec. 2009 NAXOS [SV] I hadn't
expected to like the twentieth-century piece
on this programme best but Nordheim's
Rendezvous is a real find.
MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String
Quartets 2 & 3 - Escher Qt rec. 2014 BIS [TPo] Some of
the most beautiful string quartet playing I
have heard in many a day and superbly recorded.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Il re pastore
- John Mark Ainsley (tenor) Sarah Fox, Ailish
Tynan, Anna Devin (sopranos) Benjamin Hulett
(tenor) The O Classical Opera/Ian Page rec.
2014 SIGNUM CLASSICS [DC]
Excellent production of a neglected work.
PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cinderella
- Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Shklyarov, Mariinsky
Ballet & O/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 MARIINSKY
Blu-ray & DVD [RMay] A welcome
addition to many balletomanes' collections.
RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Preludes
- Lukas Geniušas (piano) rec. 2013 PIANO
CLASSICS [BR] A
pretty good cycle, but as a live concert recording,
it’s an extraordinary achievement.
- Julian Prégardien, Sandrine Piau, Les Talens Lyrique/Christophe Rousset
rec. 2014 APARTE [ST] Great
beauty and winning style. I urge you to explore
a legendy Jan
Pospíchal (violin) Musica Bohemica/Jaroslav
Krček rec. 1978-1986 SUPRAPHON
Czech specialists will want these despite lack
of texts and translations.
of French Baroque Music by Lully, Marais, Mondonville &
Rameau - Tafelmuisk/Jeanne
Lamon, Ivars Taurins rec. 2001-12 TAFELMUSIK [BW] A good introduction to the French music
of the period which more seasoned lovers of the Baroque will enjoy too.
Violon Français Works by Franck,
Massenet, Saint-Saens, Faure & Ravel - Christian
Danowicz (violin) Anna Rutkowska-Schock (piano)
rec. 2013 DUX [PCG] Best regarded
as a souvenir of performances by the artists
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