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Monday January 23rd
169 reviews completed so far this month

Lera AUERBACH (b. 1973) Arcanum Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes - Lera Auerbach (piano) Kim Kashkashian (viola) rec. 2013 ECM [SA] Auerbach's transcrtiptions are a valuable addition to the viola repertoire, her sonata profound and serious.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances - Czech PO/Jiři Bělohlávek rec. 2014/2015 DECCA [ST] This disc of the Slavonic Dances is perfectly serviceable, but...

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Dracula - Kronos Qt rec. 1998 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC [MW] An enjoyable CD for anyone who loves Glass and an excellent introduction to his sound world for those hearing him for the first time, but not an essential release.

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) Hänsel and Gretel - Daniela Sindram (mezzo) Ileana Tonca (soprano) Vienna Opera House O/Christian Thielemann rec. 2015 EUROARTS DVD [RW] An excellent production bringing together all aspects of good stage presentation.

Bernhard MOLIQUE (1802-1869) String Quartets - Mannheim String Qt rec. 2009 CPO [JW] Good perfromances, good booklet notes and an attractive studio recording mean that anyone looking for Mendelssohnianly-inspired quartets need look no further.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Dichterliebe Henri DUPARC (1848-1933) Mélodies et Chansons Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Sechs Monologe aus Jedermann - Martin Hempel (baritone) Katharina Kegler (piano) rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC [GF] A somewhat sprawling programme … strongly positive with mature readings.

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Má vlast - Hradec Králove PO/Marek Štilec rec. 2015 ARCO DIVA [CC] This will not replace the cornerstone performances of this piece.

Dedications Works by Kreisler, Fauré, Ysaÿe, Chausson and Saint-Saëns - Rosanne Philippens (violin) Julien Quentin (piano) rec. 2016 CHANNEL CLASSICS [JW] A most enjoyable recital, played with individuality and flair.

Quartet Choreography: The Soundtrack Kreutzer Qt rec. 2007/8 METIER [JF] For listeners who enjoy ‘modernist’ music this is an essential purchase; for those who wish to approach this style it is an ideal introduction.

Wu Han LIVE II Highlights from Music@Menlo: Piano Quintets by Dohnányi & Taneyev - Wu Han (piano) David Finckel (cello) Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) rec. 2014/16 ARTISTLED [MC] One can really sense the unbridled joy of music making from Wu Han and friends.


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