Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) The Borodin Edition: Symphonies, Chamber Music, Piano Music,
Songs, Prince Igor rec. BRILLIANT CLASSICS [RB] A very attractive collection conveniently gathering
together all you are likely to need and quite a bit of what you might want from
Jean FRANÇAIX (1913-1997), André PREVIN (b.1929) & Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Trios for piano, oboe and bassoon -
Ensemble Blumina rec. 2013 MDG SACD [JF] A recording to treasure.
Carlo GESUALDO (c.1560-1613) Tenebrae Taverner Consort & Ch/Andrew Parrott rec. 1996 AVIE [DC] A very welcome re-release.
Federico MOMPOU (1893-1987) Música Callada: Volumes 1-4 -
Jean-François Heisser (piano) rec. 2013 MUSICALES ACTES SUD [JW] There’s much to enjoy in Heisser’s well-recorded survey.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos 3 & 4; Violin Sonata 22 -
Ray Chen (violin) Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival O/Christoph Eschenbach rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [RMo] Chen does not yet have the star quality which sets apart artists such as Mutter.
John Knowles PAINE (1839-1906) As You Like It, The Tempest, Symphony 1 -
Ulster O/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2012 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS [JQ] Excellent and committed performances of attractive music by an American pioneer.
John RUTTER (b.1945) O Praise the Lord of Heaven -
The Cambridge Singers; Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral/John Rutter rec. 1986-2005 COLLEGIUM RECORDS [JB] Fantastic music executed to an astounding level of musicianship. I have used this disc for reflection myself, and it works.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano concertos 1 & 2 -
Denis Matsuev (piano) Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 MARIINSKY SACD [RMay] An invariably interesting and often quite striking alternative approach.
Aufbruch Songs to poems by Hesse and Goethe -
Sophia Brommer (soprano) Alexander Schmalcz (piano) rec. 2013 OEHMS [GF] A golden opportunity to get to know some interesting repertoire off the beaten track.
Mady Mesplé (soprano) 80th Anniversary Edition rec. 1964-1989 WARNER CLASSICS [RB] This is an attractive specialist set showcasing
the considerable artistry of Mady Mesplé.
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English Music Festival, May 23-26 - see here for details.
Ronald Corp's cantata, And all the trumpets sounded, available for performances - see here for details
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