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Acte Prealable returns
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Anderson Choral music


colourful and intriguing


Artyomov
Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble


one of Berlioz greatest works


Rebecca Clarke Frank Bridge
High-octane performances


An attractive Debussy package


immaculate Baiba Skride


eloquent Cello Concerto


tension-filled work


well crafted and intense


Laangaard
another entertaining volume


reeking of cordite


Pappano with a strong cast


imaginatively constructed quartets


the air from another planet


vibrantly sung


NOT a budget performance


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Friday March 22nd
162 reviews completed so far this month

Vyacheslav ARTYOMOV (b.1940) In Memoriam, Lamentations, Pietŕ, Tristia - Academic SO Moscow State Philharmonic/Dmitri Kitaenko rec. 1986-94 DIVINE ART DDA25175 [71:28] [EJW] The music is, at times, challenging and requires work from the listener.

Amy BEACH (1867-1944) & Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) Violin Sonatas Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Romances - Tasmin Little (violin) John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN20030 [71:27] [SSi] This will certainly be a front runner in my deliberations for my choice for Recording of the Year.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Mass in C, Leonore Overture No. 3 - Bavarian RSO & Ch/Mariss Jansons rec. 2018 BR KLASSIK 900170 [58:37] [MC] Lucid and buoyant with no shortage of drama.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Quartet No. 1 Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Elegy - Gälve SO/Jaime Martin rec. 2017 ONDINE ODE1314-2 [53:13] [JQ] First class performances of two very different musical homages to Brahms.

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto, Sonatina Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No. 3 - Vása Příhoda (violin) Maria Bergmann (piano) Radio-SO Stuttgart SWR/Hans Müller-Kray rec. 1951-1956 SWR CLASSIC SWR19072CD [76:18] [JW] For those who don’t own these recordings, they are very much worth your attention.

Gottfried von EINEM (1918-1996) Concerto for Orchestra, Hunyadi László, Nachtstück, Serenade - Berlin RSO/Johannes Kalitzke rec. 2018 CAPRICCIO C5357 [60:00] [SG] A standout disc offering generous rewards.

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Scherzi Musicali, Venezia 1607 - L'EsaEns, Baschenis Ens/Sergio Chierici rec. 2013 TACTUS TC561309 [64:02] [JV] A missed opportunity.

Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 - BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68231/2 [57:49 + 62:48] [JF] Fine performances of works that have been somewhat neglected of recent.

The Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments ORBI rec. 2017/18 BIS BIS2297 [72:53] [RHa] Great fun and some superb musicianship – this will be the only album this year to combine the likes of Dutch death metal, Kurt Weill, Muse, and Emil Tabakov.

Leopold Stokowski (conductor) Wartime NBC Premičres - Eduard Steuermann (piano) NBC SO rec. 1942-44 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC536 [64:52+72:03] [JW] For Stokowski adherents, this is pretty much a mandatory purchase.

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[New] Second Thoughts & Short Reviews - Spring 2019-1 by Brian Wilson

[New] Verdi's Falstaff - a survey by Ralph Moore

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Listening Studio Report by John Quinn

Cherubini's Medea - a survey by Ralph Moore

The Music of Hermann Goetz by Andrew Hartmann

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