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Tuesday August 4th
15 reviews completed so far this month

Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969) Concerto for String Orchestra, Symphony for String Orchestra, Piano Quintet 1 - Ewa Kupiec (piano) Capella Bydgostiensis CO/Mariusz Smolijrec. 2013 NAXOS [GF] A recommendable starting-point for a broader appreciation of the art of one of the foremost representatives of “the Polish wonder”.

Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) String Quartet 2 Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) String Quartet 6 - Stuyvesant Qt rec. 1947 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] The Stuyvesant Quartet offer some captivating playing and distinguished musicianship. Worth exploring.

Vincent d’INDY (1851-1931) Orchestral Works Vol. 6 - Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir (cello) Iceland SO/Rumon Gamba rec. 2014 CHANDOS SACD [MC] Consistently ravishing and lucid with expressive characterisation.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) L’amour et la foi - Marianna Shirinyan (piano) Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot) Danish Ntl Vocal Ens, Concert Ch & CO/Marcus Creed rec. 2014 OUR RECORDINGS SACD [LW] Sumptuous performances of Messiaen’s vocal music let down in part by the recording.

John WILLIAMS (b. 1932) A John Williams Celebration - Itzhak Perlman (violin) Los Angeles Phil/Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2014 C MAJOR DVD [IL] An entertaining concert showing so many sides of John Williams' great talent.

20th Century Women Composers Works by Beach, Boulanger & Clarke - Trio des Alpes, Lorna Windsor (soprano) rec. 2014 DYNAMIC [JW] Late Romanticism and songful lyricism are pervasive influences.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sulla Lira The Voice of Orpheus - Le Miroir de Musique rec. 2014 RICERCAR [JV] The combination of repertoire, performance and high production standards makes this a disc not to be missed.

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