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Thursday May 26th
197 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The Nine Symphonies - Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2015 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS CD/Blu-rays [JQ] Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker in Beethoven: a formidable achievement.

Alban BERG (1885-1935) Violin Concerto Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Hebrew Melodies Robert FUCHS (1847-1927) Fantasy pieces Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Romance 2 - Pinchas Zukerman (violin, viola) Marc Neikrug (piano) London PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 1992/95 BIDDULPH [SG] Long overdue, these compelling and captivating recordings are making a welcome belated appearance.

Aldo CLEMENTI (1925-2011) Momento - Bozzini Qt rec. 2014 COLLECTION QB [DC] An inspiring release.

Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Cello Concertos 1 & 2, Irish Rhapsody - Mark Kosower (cello) Ulster O/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2015 NAXOS [BSt] Concertos that should be better known, and very acceptable indeed at budget price.

Jacques-Martin HOTTETERRE (1674-1763) Complete Chamber Music Vol. 2 - Camerata K÷ln rec. 2011-13 CPO [JV] An hour of high-class entertainment.

Ludwig MINKUS (1826-1917) Don Quixote - Ballet & O Teatro Alla Scala/Alexander Titov rec. 2014 C MAJOR Blu-ray [RMay] A disappointment. Serious drawbacks in the performance and the way it was filmed.

Camille SAINT-SA╦NS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto 1 Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Ballade ╔douard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto - Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) Gie▀en PO/Michael Hofstetter rec. 2014/15 OEHMS CLASSICS [DHu] Live performances, more energetic than refined, but it’s good to see Frank Martin being programmed.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Sonatas & Rare Chamber Works - Sasha Rozhdestvensky (violin) Jeremy Menuhin, Mookie Menuhin (piano) Ilona Domnich (soprano) Alexandra Sherman (mezzo) rec. 2015 FIRST HAND RECORDS [RK] An unconventional but alluring set of major and minor Shostakovich works, played with elan.

Marie-Astrid Hulot (violin) Works by Bach, Locatelli, Paganini & Tanguy - rec. 2015 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] This is a pleasing souvenir of a youthful talent.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nocturnal Variations Songs by Schubert, Mahler, Berg & Britten - Ruby Hughes (soprano) Joseph Middleton (piano) rec. 2014 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD098 [59:49] [GPJ] A truly outstanding disc from this talented young duo.


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