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Friday December 19th
160 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Complete String Quartets - Tokyo String Qt rec. 2005-2008 HARMONIA MUNDI SACD [SG] What better way to bow out after a 44 year career; it doesn’t get much better than this.

Jack BODY (b.1944) Poems of Love and War Soloists; New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young rec. 2011 NAXOS [DD] A disappointing disc from a well regarded New Zealand composer. Not a CD I’ll be returning to.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; La Mer - Singapore SO/Lan Shui rec. 2004-2013 BIS SACD [GPJ] Thrilling performances, blessed with a recording of outstanding clarity. Conducting and orchestral playing of the highest class.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Music for Two Pianos - Martha Argerich & friends rec. 2003-2010 WARNER CLASSICS [MC] A real treat, full of strong characterful playing and vivid colours.

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Weihnachts-Historie, Kleiner geistliche Konzerte - Concerto Vocale/René Jacobs rec. 1989 HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] Now that Harmonia Mundi have re-released Jacobs’ 1989 recording at super budget price this festive season is a good time to get to know Schütz’s Weihnachts-Historie.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Metamorphosen; Oboe Concerto - Stefan Schilli (oboe) BRSO/Mariss Jansons/Eugen Jochum rec. 1959/2006 OEHMS CLASSICS [SG] Worth investigating for the Concerto, but those wishing to savour the delights of the Metamorphosen need to look elsewhere.

Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers MELODIYA [JW] An inventive piece of programming that will appeal to adventurous pianophiles.

Reflections Works by Boulez, Sciarrini, Widmann & Ysaye - Carolin Widmann (violin) rec. 2004/6 PROFIL [RWe] A generous programme of early and late 20th century pieces for solo violin, very varied in the demands they make on the player, and all brilliantly performed.

Stravinsky in Hollywood A film by Marco Capalbo C MAJOR DVD [JWh] Strangely unsatisfying.

Wagner vs Verdi  ARTHAUS DVD [JZ] A solid contribution to the appreciation of the operas of Verdi and Wagner and of the enduring values that exist in those works.


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MWI Recommends - Bartok concerto for orchestra and Handel Water music.


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