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Wednesday March 4th
32 reviews completed so far this month

Arno BABADJANIAN (1921-1983) Piano Trio Peteris VASKS (b. 1946) Episodi e Canto Perpetuo - Potch Trio rec. 1997 DELOS [JW] The essential spirit of this music projected with care and sympathy.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Oboe concertos - Gonzalo X. Ruiz (oboe, oboe d'amore) Portland Baroque O/Monica Huggett (violin) rec. 2013 AVIE [JV] If you love Bach's music or the oboe, don't miss this disc.

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Three Village Scenes, Concerto for Orchestra, Kossuth - SLUK Slovakian Folk Ens Ch, Budapest Festival O/Iván Fischer rec. 1997 PHILIPS [JQ] Surely one of the finest recorded accounts of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Charpentier at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall rec. 1989/2004 ALIA VOX SACD/DVD [ST] An excellent tour of Charpentier’s considerable achievement for both court and church.

Ernő DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Piano Quintets 1 & 2, Serenade for string trio - Schubert Ens London rec. 1995 HYPERION HELIOS Piano Quintets 1 & 2 - Gottlieb Wallisch (piano) Ensö String Qt rec. 2007 NAXOS [DJB] Both offer fine performances of excellent music but the Hyperion is far better value.

Juozas GRUODIS (1884-1948) Violin Sonata, Piano Sonata 2, ‘Joys and Sorrows’, 4 pieces - Christopher Horner (violin) John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2013 DISCOVERY [PRB] Something new and decidedly refreshing - a charming and interesting addition to the catalogue.

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat mater Giovanni Lorenzo GREGORI (1663-1745) 2 Concerti grossi - Jonah Schenkel (soprano) Alex Potter (alto) Zürcher Sängerknaben, Capriccio Barock O/Alphons von Aarburg rec. 2013 TUDOR [JV] Despite its unmistakable qualities I cannot rate this disc as a valuable addition to the discography of Pergolesi's Stabat mater.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Piotr Beczala (tenor) The French Collection O de l’Opéra National de Lyon/Alain Altinoglu rec. 2014 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [MC] A compellingly desirable collection with real impact.

Ich will schweigen Johann Hermann Schein & the Leipzig Stadtpfeifer tradition - Alice Foccroulle (soprano) Béatrice Mayo-Felip (soprano) Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor) Marc Meisel (organ) InAlto/Lambert Colson rec. 2014 RAMÉE [BW] Attractive music, convincingly performed and well recorded.

Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor) The Voice rec. 2008/12 VIRGIN CLASSICS [JW] A useful introduction to Jaroussky-on-disc.

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National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos H-L by Mike Herman

Two Centuries In One: Musical Romanticism & the Twentieth Century - an e-book by Herbert Pauls (available as a pdf - we recommend you download it to your computer as it is a large file, 4Mb)

An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: Introduction ~~ "A" Composers

MWI Recommends - Brahms piano concerto 1 & Tchaikovsky symphony 6.

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