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Tuesday August 22nd
157 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Les Pêcheurs de Perles - Mariusz Kwiezien (baritone) Diana Damrau (soprano) Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Gianadrea Noseda rec. 2016 ERATO 9029589360 Blu-ray [120 mins] [PCG] A quite simply marvellous re-imagining of Bizet’s beautifully perfumed score.

Nicolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697) Complete Cantatas - Harmonices Mundi/Claudio Astronio rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95138 [2 CDs: 139:06] [JV] A very respectable and in many ways enjoyable production.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Late Works - Maurizio Pollini (piano) rec. 2015/16 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 6127 [54:37] [MG] Pollini’s masterful playing is generally faster, smoother and more varied than that of his younger contemporaries.

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) String Quartets Vol. 6 - Amadeus String Qt rec. 1950-69 AUDITE 21.426 [5 CDs: 313:23] [JW] A box of high importance to admirers of this august group.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Concertos - Lukas Geniušas, Dmitry Masleyev (piano) Sergey Dogadin, Pavel Milyukov (violin) Alexander Buzlov, Alexander Ramm (cello) Tatarstan Ntl SO/Alexander Sladkovsky rec. 2016 MELODIYA MELCD1002465 [3 CDs: 176:31] [NB] Simply superb - bravo to all involved!

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Firebird Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Sinfonia da Requiem Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe rec. 1976 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300890BC [39.37] [MC] Collectors should snap up this excellent album without delay.

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) & Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concertos Ina BOYLE (1889-1967) Elegy - Nadège Rochat (cello) Staatskapelle Weimar/Paul Meyer rec. 2016 ARS PRODUKTION ARS 38.221 SACD [62:40] [RB] Cosily cocooned readings that envelop the listener without blunting the treble range.

Azerbaijani Music Nargiz Aliyarova (piano) rec. 2016 ET'CETERA KTC1556 [69:10] [RB] Be rewarded by this advocacy of Azerbaijan's scarcely known concert music.

Interactions Works by Lutosławski, Stravinsky & Valen - Gunnar Flagstad (violin) Bård Monsen (piano) rec. 2016 2L 2L237 SACD & Blu-Ray [53:00] [DD] Stimulating works, well played and recorded ... price and format restricts full appeal.

Many Are The Wonders ORA/Suzy Digby rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905284 [70:25] [JQ] Another stimulating and successful juxtaposition of polyphonic and contemporary music by ORA.

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