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Friday October 2nd
25 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 30-32 - Cédric Pescia (piano) rec. 2009 CLAVES [SG] I can think of no better advocate for these last three sonatas than Cédric Pescia.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) L’Arlesiana Annunziata Vestri, Dmitry Golovnin, Mariangela Sicilia, O Filarmonica Marchigiana/Francesco Cilluffo rec. 2013 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [MC] A real find.

John JOUBERT (b.1927) Temps perdu; Sinfonietta; The instant moment Christopher Hirons, Pierre Joubert (violins) Henry Herford (baritone) English String O/William Boughton rec. 1987 NAXOS [SB] We should be grateful for this reissue and hope there will be others to follow.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 4 - Maria Ewing (soprano) Concertgebouw O/Bernard Haitink rec. 1986 ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD/Blu-ray A fine performance which demonstrates Bernard Haitink’s prowess in Mahler [JQ] Buy only for this specific reading. There are equally good performances with much better sound and picture than this [DBi].

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphonies 4 & 5; Dreams - Bournemouth SO/Kirill Karabits rec. 2014/15 ONYX [DBi] Absolutely superb performances and splendid recordings in this continuing Prokofiev symphonies cycle. A winner.

Giacinto SCELSI (1905-1988) Suites 9 & 10 - Sabine Liebner (piano) rec. 2014 WERGO [DC] Fascinating worlds of both beauty and the barbaric.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Violin Sonatas, Rondeau brilliant, Fantasie, Arpeggione Sonata, Adagio - Tasmin Little (violin) Piers Lane (piano) Tim Hugh (cello) rec. 2014 CHANDOS [ST] Very welcome ... a most useful collection of Schubert's less often heard music.

Cultural Death: Music under Tyranny Works by Beethoven, Berlioz & Brahms - Alfred Hoehn (piano)/Leipzig RSO/Reinhold Merten, Munich PO/Oswald Kabasta, USSR State SO/Oscar Fried rec. 1937-44 ARBITER [JW] A complex web of cultural questions behind this disc.

Kurland Sounds Vilnis ŠMĪDBERGS (b.1944) Merry-Go-Round Ēriks EŠENVALDS (b. 1977) Visions of Arctic Pēteris VASKS (b. 1946) Symphony 2 - Ints Dālderis (clarinet) Lepāja SO/Atvars Lakstīgala rec. 2012/13 ODRADEK RECORDS [DC] Latvian sounds – fulsome and sparkling.

New Irish Music Chatham Saxophone Qt rec. 2014 RTÉ LYRIC FM [HC] A very fine collection of Irish works but the playing time is a bit on the short side.


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