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44 reviews completed so far this month

Ernest CHAUSSON (1833–1897) Pome de l'amour et de la mer Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) Les Nuits d’t Henri DUPARC (1848–1933) Three Songs - Soile Isokoski (soprano) Helsinki PO/John Storgrds rec. 2014 ONDINE [RMo] An authentic facsimile of Gallic sensuousness.

Julius Ernst Wilhelm FUČK (1872-1916) A Festival of Fučik - Royal Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Jrvi rec. 2015  CHANDOS SACD Fučk generously and idiomatically surveyed and done in crashing style [RB] Plenty for lovers of light music to enjoy here [BW].

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sacred Choral Music - Kammerchor I Vocalisti/Hans-Joachim Lustig rec. 2015 CARUS [SB] A most valuable disc.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Les amoureuses sont des folles Sally Silver (soprano) Richard Bonynge (piano) Christine Tocci (mezzo) Nico Darmanin (tenor) Gabriella Swallow (cello) rec. 2014 SOMM [IL] A strong choice for all lovers of Massenet’s richly sentimental lyricism.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Chamber Music for Strings - Mandelring Qt; Gunter Teuffel (viola); Cremona Qt rec. 2011/12 AUDITE [SG] Compelling and life-affirming readings, which convey the Mandelring's utter commitment to the music.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 9 - Basel SO/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 2013 SINFONIEORCHESTER BASEL [MC] Clearly a labour of love, this winning reading combines glorious drama and deep compassion.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 7 - Russian Ntl O/Paavo Jrvi rec. 2014 PENTATONE SACD [RWe] A fine disc but not the whole story of the Seventh.

Christopher SIMPSON (c.1605-1669) Ayres and Graces - Chelys Consort of Viols rec. 2013 BIS SACD [DC] Easy to love.

Roman STATKOWSKI (1859-1925) Piano Music - Barbara Karaśkiewicz (piano) rec. 2012 DIVINE ART [JF] One of many ‘forgotten’ composers who deserves to be rehabilitated. Beautifully played.

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Cello Concerto; Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto - Leonid Kogan (violin) Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Alexander Korneyev (flute) rec. 1961-68 MELODIYA [JW] This is your 'historic' Weinberg Concerto disc.


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