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Tuesday March 31st
234 reviews completed so far this month
Ronald Stevenson, composer
6 March 1928 – 28 March 2015

Gregorio ALLEGRI (1582-1652) Opere inedite dai manoscritti della Collectio Altaemps - Musica Flexanima Ens/Fabrizio Bigotti rec. 2011 TACTUS [JV] A most interesting disc which should contribute to the creation of a more differentiated picture of Allegri as a composer.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) St Mark Passion - Gudrun Sidonie Otto (soprano) Terry Wey (alto) Daniel Johannsen (tenor) Knabenkantorei Basel/Capriccio Barock O/Markus Teutschbein rec. 2014 RONDEAU PRODUCTION [ST] Diverting as this is, I won’t be rushing back to it.

Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710-1784) Keyboard works - Anthony Spiri (piano) rec. 2004/11 OEHMS CLASSICS [SSi] A good disc of W.F. Bach’s keyboard music, but not the best.

Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Phantasy Piano Quartet, Cello Sonata, Folksong arrangements, Violin Sonata - The Nash Ens rec. 2012 HYPERION [DJB] A cross-section of Bridge’s range of styles, brilliantly performed.

Alexander Ernst FESCA (1820-1849) Piano Trios 2 & 5 - Trio Paian rec. 2012 CPO [PRB] Fesca’s gift for melody rather than seriously academic formal construction makes these trios so appealing.

Zdeněk FIBICH (1850-1900) Orchestral Music Vol. 4 - Czech Ntl SO/Marek Štilec rec. 2013 NAXOS [SV] Fibich has long held a place on my short list of Great Neglected Composers.

Reinhard KEISER (1674-1739) Markuspassion - Thomas E. Bauer (bass) Jan Kobow (tenor) Ens Jacques Moderne, Gli Incogniti/Joël Suhubiette & Amandine Beyer rec. 2014 MIRARE [BW] Lovers of the Bach Passions should appreciate this recording, which is preferable to the only rival version.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Variations on a theme of Corelli, Vocalise, Symphonic Dances - Jeremy Filsell (organ) rec. 2012 SIGNUM RECORDS [DC] Rachmaninov meets the mighty Dobson Op. 76.

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Tombeau de Couperin, Jeux d’eau, Sonatine, Pavane pour une infant défunte, Gaspard de la nuit - Kathryn Stott (piano) rec. 1990 ALTO [JW] Truly atmospheric, very communicatively done, visceral in its tension.

Johann Strauss Gala Andrea Rost (soprano) José Carreras (tenor) Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 1999 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray Disc [RMay] Music for dancing rather than for listening to at length in a single uninterrupted sitting.

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