music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
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BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 10, 17 & 32 - Naum
Grubert (piano) rec. 2013 NAVIS CLASSICS [JW]
Encapsulates the playing of a thoughtful, experienced, devoted
musician unconcerned with excess gestures.
Sir Arthur BLISS (1891-1975)
The Beatitudes, The Enchantress -
Heather Harper (soprano) Pamela Bowden (contralto) Gerald English (tenor) BBC SO
& Ch/Sir Arthur Bliss, Rudolf Schwarz
An important collection of recordings of music by Bliss in fine live performances.
(1824-1896) Symphony 3 - London PO/Stanisław Skrowaczewski
rec. live, 2014 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
A notable live performance, deserving
of significant praise [MC] A magisterial Bruckner
OF THE MONTH Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-63)
Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998)
Violin Sonata 1
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Suite Italienne -
Annie Jodry (violin)
Ensemble Stringendo/Jean Thorel
Hasmig Surmelian (piano)
rec. live, 1990/2000
FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG]
Hartmann: one of the finest interpretations of this work that I have ever heard.
Moisés MOLEIRO (1904-1979)
Piano Music -
Clara Rodriguez (piano)
NIMBUS ALLIANCE [PCG]
Rodriguez clearly understands the idiom perfectly and the recorded sound is fine.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Serenade, Divertimenti - Scottish Chamber Wind soloists rec. 2014
LINN SACD [GPJ] Stylish and technically
superb playing of these sextet versions … I enjoyed this CD enormously.
(b. 1935) Te Deum, Wallfahrtslied, Berliner
Messe, Dopo la vittoria - Ch Bayerischen Rundfunks,
Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Peter Dijkstra rec. 2012/14 BR KLASSIK
[DC] Fine but frustrating.
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SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 7 - Russian Ntl O/Paavo
Järvi rec. 2014 PENTATONE SACD [DM]
An unaffected, deeply humanising Seventh; quite possibly the best thing
Paavo Järvi has ever done.
Jan Křtitel VAŇHAL (1739-1813)
Sacred Works -
Czech Boys Ch Boni Pueri
Czech Chamber PO Pardubice/Marek Štryncl
ARCO DIVA [BW]
Attractive music by a friend of Haydn and Mozart, freshly mined from the Czech archives.
Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre Vol. 8 -
Philippe Brandeis (organ)
Les Cuivres de la Garde Républicaine/Sébastien Billard
Not all pure gold but much is emphatically worth hearing.
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