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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
Transparent Granite!

Nothing but Praise

BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set

Telemann continues to amaze

A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition

Another Bacewicz winner

match any I’ve heard

An outstanding centenary collection

personable, tuneful, approachable

a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.

music that will be new to most people

telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded

hitherto unrecorded Latvian music


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Tuesday November 13th
94 reviews completed so far this month

Vyacheslav ARTYOMOV (b. 1940) A Symphony of Elegies, Awakenings, Incantations - Tatiana Grindenko, Oleh Krysa (violins) Lydia Dayvdova (soprano) Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ens, Lithuanian Ch O/Saulius Sondeckis, Vyacheslav Artyomov rec. 1983-89 DIVINE ART DDA25172 [74:19] [SB] Well worth exploring.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Capriccios & Intermezzos - Nada Loutfi (piano) rec. 2018 MEII ENTERPRISES 707129224088 [2 CDs: 123:58] [RMo] Makes a thoroughly convincing case for Brahms as a composer for the piano.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH François FRANCOEUR (1698-1787) Sonatas - Kreeta-Maria Kentala (violin) Lauri Pulakka (cello) Mitzi Meyerson (harpsichord) rec. 2018 GLOSSA GCD921809 [2 CDs: 124:12] [JV] An important release, in performances that leave a lasting impression.

Gary HIGGINSON (b. 1952) Scenes & Messages - Laura Cioffi (flute) Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano) Oliver Brignall, Jonathan Hyde (baritone) Alessandro Viale (piano) rec. 2018 SHEVA SH209 [67:47] [DJ] A deeply appealing disc.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Hymn of Jesus, The Perfect Fool, Egdon Heath, English & Welsh Folk Songs - BBC SO & Ch, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult; BBC Northern Singers/Stephen Wilkinson rec. 1961/74 ALTO ALC1359 [79:26] [RB] Holst at his most brilliantly ambitious and most touchingly modest.

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Sevilla, La Oración del Torero, Danzas Gitanas, Mujeres Españolas José Luis TURINA (b. 1952) Variaciones - Music for Wind Quintet Azahar Ensemble rec. 2017 PROFIL PH18073 [62.56] [MC] With good recorded sound and excellent playing, this offers a new look at the work of Joaquín Turina.

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Chopin, Liszt, Schumann & encore pieces rec. 1925-1937 APR 6026 [2 CDs: 160:09] The complete pre-War Beethoven recordings rec. 1927-1937 APR 6027 [2 CDs: 142:18] [SG] Backhaus' recordings offer many rewards.

Nikolai Sokoloff (conductor) Complete Recordings - Cleveland Orchestra rec. 1924-28 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC524 [3 CDs: 183:20] [RB] Red-blooded emphasis in the Rachmaninov, always completely engaging and engulfing.

Mariko Terashi (piano) Works by Couperin, Rameau & Seixas rec. 2016 ATHENE ATH23207 [76:11] [JF] Mariko Terashi impresses throughout and the recorded sound is splendid.

Through The Eyes of Yuja rec. 2016 C MAJOR 745408 DVD [89 mins] [DJB] A well-made documentary which could have been longer and told us more, and bonus performances which don’t really add much value.


[New] National discography update
Finnish & Baltic Symphonies ~ Scandinavian Concertos ~ Scandinavian Symphonies

[New] Puccini's La rondine - a survey by Ralph Moore

Stanfordian Thoughts: 7. Not-Quite-Concertos by Christopher Howell

Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur - a survey by Ralph Moore

The Music of Gabriel Dupont by Andrew Hartman

Music for the Movies by Ian Lace

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Autumn 2018/2 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Thoughts on Evaluating Unfamiliar Music by Walter Simmons

National discography update: Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Concertos

Classical Music on Stamps This week: Romania's favourite son


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