RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 30-32 -
Cédric Pescia (piano) rec. 2009
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
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
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
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
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
USSR State SO/Oscar Fried rec. 1937-44
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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