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Friday December 15th
107 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet No. 2, String Quintet - Pavel Haas Qt rec. 2017 SUPRAPHON SU4195-2 [74:41] [PB] This is an outstanding recording which sets a new benchmark for these inspired pieces.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Timothy HAMILTON (b.1973) Requiem - Ilona Domnich (soprano) Jennifer Johnston (mezzo) Nicky Spence (tenor) David Stout (baritone) Ian Tindale (organ) Cantoribus, Rosenau Sinfonia/Timothy Hamilton rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573849 [63:08] [EJW] A fine and moving work, excellently performed.

David Ross LAWN (b. 1992) Songs Of The Sun - David Ross Lawn (piano) rec. 2016 Private release [12:41] [BMC] Thoughtful and restful but very short measure and little variation.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-56) Symphonies Nos 1-4 - San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas rec. 2015/16 SFS MEDIA SFS0071 [2 SACDs: 74.17 + 67.55] [MC] The San Francisco Symphony is on outstanding form playing exquisitely with gratifying tonal refinement.

Agostino STEFFANI (1654-1728) Duets of Love & Passion - Emőke Baráth, Amanda Forsythe (sopranos) Colin Balzer (tenor) Christian Immler (baritone) Boston Early Music Fest Chamber Ens/Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs rec. 2017 CPO 555135-2 [71:02] [CRo] As good a way as any to start with this enticing music, and for collectors of this sort of repertoire it is self-recommending.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Oboe Concerto, Sonatina No. 2, Serenade - Andris Nelsons/Concertgebouw; Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe) Winds of the Concertgebouw rec. 2014/16 BIS BIS-2163 SACD [74:12] [DBi] A satisfying coupling of fine performances in clean and up-front recordings.

Ceremonyes of Carolles Psallite Women’s Ch/Nancy Hadden rec. 2006 CRD 3514 [54:17] [EML] Satisfactory performances, but there are better options.

The Christmas Album American Horn Qt, Queensland SO Horns, Harry Wilson (didgeridoo) Lachlan Hawkins (percussion) rec. 2015 MSR CLASSICS MS1650 [49:34] [CC] Not just for horn players.

Himlische Weyhnacht Marie Luise Werneburg (soprano) Klaus Mertens (bass) Bell’arte Salzburg/Annegret Siedel rec. 2015 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300687BC [79:12] [EML] Looking for something different from the usual carol compilations?

Voices of Defiance Works by Ullmann, Shostakovich & Laks - Dover Qt rec. 2016 CEDILLE CDR90000173 [73:06] [JW] Performed with refinement and expressive balance as well as driving rhythm and abrasion.


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