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Wednesday August 24th
211 reviews completed so far this month

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1987) Chaconne, Klavierstücke, Rhapsodies, Fantasies - Anna Vinnitskaya (piano) rec. 2014 ALPHA [RWe] A well-planned and richly recorded selection of some of Brahms’s major collections of shorter piano works, given passionate advocacy by Vinnitskaya.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidre, Canzone - Antonio Janigro (cello) Vienna State Opera O/Dean Dixon; Royal PO/Arthur Rodzinski rec. 1950 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] I’m more than grateful to Forgotten Records for making these wonderful recordings available again.

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Palais de Mari & other piano works George CRUMB (b. 1929) Processional, A Little Suite for Christmas ‘AD 1979’ - Steven Osborne (piano) rec. 2014 HYPERION [DM] Epiphanies aplenty for newcomers and old hands alike; ravishing sound, too.

Franz Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Sonatas - Enrique Bagaría (piano) rec. 2015 EUDORA SACD [CC] Despite the omnipresent technical polish and clear musicianship, the performances on this disc cannot come in as first choices.

Arthur Vincent LOURIÉ (1891-1966) Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Giorgio Koukl (piano) rec. 2016 GRAND PIANO [SA] Koukl‘s luminous playing makes this disc a superb place to begin to fire up one’s interest in such a musically fascinating find.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) La Gazzetta - Cinzia Forte, Enrico Marabelli, Laurent Kubla, Edgardo Rocha, O & Ch of Opéra Royal de Wallonie/Jan Schultsz rec. 2014 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [MC] Nothing to get too excited about as everything here is rather so-so.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 5 - Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2014/15 ONYX [IL] Good to be reacquainted with the early hesitant Tchaikovsky as symphonist. Petrenko's Fifth disappoints a little but it is a high voltage reading.

Ignatz WAGHALTER (1881-1949) Violin Concerto, Rhapsodie, Violin Sonata - Irmina Trynkos (violin) Giorgi Latsabidze (piano) Royal PO/Alexander Walker rec. 2010-13 NAXOS Mandragola, New World Suite, Masaryk’s Peace March - New Russia State SO/Alexander Walker rec. 2013 NAXOS [RB] Fascinating again but the Violin Concerto is quite a discovery and one longs to hear the complete Mandragola.

Paul Kletzki (conductor) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 'Unfinished' Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Leonore Overture No. 3 - Swiss Fest O rec. 1946 AUDITE [JW] Audite has done well to restore this concert.

The Pleasures of the Imagination English 18th Century Music for the Harpsichord - Sophie Yates (harpsichord) rec. 2015 CHANDOS [JV] Sophie Yates is a most eloquent advocate of this neglected repertoire.


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