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RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 3 & 4 -
Maria João Pires (piano) Swedish RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013
What better way to christen a new working relationship than with this wonderful disc of two Beethoven piano concertos.
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah
- Le Concert d’Astrée Ch & O/Emmanuelle Haïm rec. 2013
Despite many positive features, this account of Messiah is too fussy for its own good.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1875-1943) Études-Tableaux -
Nicholas Angelich (piano) rec. 1994
HARMONIA MUNDI [MC]
Particularly impressive - Angelich is very much alive to the varied moods of these works.
Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Die Letzten Dinge (The Last Judgement) -
Salzburger Bachchor, Mozarteum O Salzburg/Ivor Bolton rec. 2013
OEHMS CLASSICS [JS]
The open orchestral textures draw the listener in and even where the music is less than inspired ensure continued attention.
Augusta Read THOMAS (b.1964) Chamber and Piano Works - Walden Chamber Players, Daniel Schlosberg, Makiko Hirato,
Amy Briggs (piano) Robert Walters (cor anglais) Stefan Hersh, Steve Rose (violins) NIMBUS ALLIANCE [DRD] An interesting and excellently presented collection of varied chamber music.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Falstaff
Ambrogio Maestri, Fiorenza Cedolins, Massimo Cavaletti, Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 2013
EUROARTS Blu-ray [PCG]
Might be of interest to those aficionados who would like to encounter a totally different and novel realisation.
Nightingale Folk Songs arranged by Mark Tanner -
Michael George (bass-baritone) Mark Tanner (piano) rec. 2014
Some of these songs are sensitively done but the singing is markedly effortful.
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