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Friday January 15th
York BOWEN (1884-1961)
Piano works
Nicolas Namoradze (piano) rec. 2019
CDA68303 [66:21] [JF]

A most welcome release.
Nicola LeFANU (b. 1947)
The Crimson Bird
& other orchestral works
BBC SO/Norman Del Mar, Ilan Volkov, RTÉ Ntl SO/Colman Pearce rec. 1973-2017
NMC D255
[76:28] [SSi]

I hope that this excellent disc is just the first of a series dedicated to exploring the music of Nicola LeFanu.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Schwanengesang, Quatre Valses oubliées
Can Çakmur (piano) rec. 2020
[80:12] [MZ]

The young pianist Can Çakmur makes a vivid impression with thoughtful performances of Liszt obscurities, beautifully recorded.
Alexander MOSOLOV (1900-1973)
Symphony No 5, Harp Concerto
Taylor Ann Fleshmann (harp) Moscow SO/Arthur Arnold rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.574102
[68.55] [PCG]

The symphony may not provide much interest, but the concerto is a fine work.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Asambura Ensemble rec. 2019
[77:29] [CSe]
A high water-mark of German Romanticism is subsumed within a Persian deluge - the result is strange, disorientating and transformative.
Edward SMALDONE (b. 1956)
Once and Again
Brno PO Strings/Mikel Toms rec. 2013-2019
[67:14] [RP]

Works with structural integrity, aural brilliance and rhythmic vitality.
Magical Russia Duo Natalia rec. 2019 ARS PRODUKTION ARS38571 [77:02] [RCh] Intonation problems mean that this is not a disc I shall be returning to.
Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor
Heinz Unger and His Search for Jewish Meaning 1895-1965
by Hernan Tesler-Mabé publ. 2020
University of Toronto Press

A worthy tribute to a long-forgotten conductor and devoted Mahlerite, whose evangelistic zeal did much to promulgate the composer's music.
Isaac Stern (violin)
Live Vol. 2
Pinchas Zukerman (violin) Leonard Bernstein (piano) Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink rec. February 1953-68
DOREMI DHR-8128-29
[79:37 +79:19] [JW]

Enough good things to tempt even the Sternist sated by the vast Sony box.

Verklärte Nacht

Works by Lehar, Schoenberg, Fried & Korngold
Stuart Skelton (tenor) Christine Rice (mezzo) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2020
[63:36] [RWe]

Recommended both for the excellent performances and valuable programme.
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