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Tuesday October 6th
46 reviews completed so far this month
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Fantasia after Bach, Fantasia contrappuntistica - Lukasz Kwiatkowski (piano) rec. 2014 DUX 0934 [58:53] [SB] If you are a fan of these works you will want to hear this disc.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 9 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) Lucerne Fest Ch, Philharmonia O/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1954 AUDITE 80.461 LP [2 LPs: 76:32] [SG] Furtwängler’s finest Ninth in stunning sound. A must for vinyl enthusiasts.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Complete Symphonies - Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2006-12 BR KLASSIK 900140 [3 CDs: 167:04] [DC] Could be more competitive price-wise, but still excellent.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 9 - Philharmonia O/Christoph von Dohnányi rec. 2014 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD431 [61:26] [DC] Maybe not a giant-killer, but definitely a keeper.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Works Vol. III - David Wilde (piano) rec. 2013-15 DELPHIAN DCD34159 [64:36] [BR] I have to urge any Chopin enthusiast to listen to this. There is nothing else like it.

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Hor chel ciel e la terra, Lamento della ninfa, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda Marco MARAZZOLI (c.1605-1662) La Fiera di Farfa - Le Poème Harmonique/Vincent Dumestre rec. 2009 ALPHA CLASSICS 306 [71.31] [DBi] A really enjoyable disc containing superb performances somewhat hampered by the failure to print the sung text in the booklet.

Max REGER (1873-1916) Chamber works - Adolf Busch (violin) Rudolf Serkin (piano) Philipp Dreisbach (clarinet) Busch Qt, Wendling Qt rec. 1929-51 GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD2412 [74:01] [JW] Another very recommendable release from Guild’s intelligently programmed Busch series.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Works Vol. 3 - Novelletten, Davidsbündlertänze, Abegg Variations, Geistervariationen - Imogen Cooper (piano) rec. 2014 CHANDOS CHAN10874 [75:51] [SSi] Great feeling and eloquence.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Jedermann, Two Serious Melodies, In memoriam - Cathedralis Aboensis Ch, Turku PO/Leif Segerstam rec. 2014 NAXOS 8.573340 [72:50] [LW] Segerstam excels in his Sibelius series on Naxos with death-haunted works.

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano) Autograph WARNER CLASSICS 2564 619047 [8 CDs: c.620:00 + 1 DVD: 56:48] [RMo] Devotees of Gheorghiu’s art will not hesitate to acquire this tribute to her, especially given its bargain price.


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