OF THE MONTHGeorges
BIZET (1838-1875) Les Pêcheurs
de Perles - Mariusz Kwiezien (baritone)
Diana Damrau (soprano) Metropolitan Opera Ch
& O/Gianadrea Noseda rec. 2016 ERATO
9029589360 Blu-ray [120 mins] [PCG]
A quite simply marvellous re-imagining of
Bizet’s beautifully perfumed score.
BRUHNS (1665-1697)Complete Cantatas
- Harmonices Mundi/Claudio Astronio rec. 2015
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95138 [2
CDs: 139:06] [JV] A very respectable and
in many ways enjoyable production.
OF THE MONTHFrédéric
CHOPIN (1810-1849)Late Works
- Maurizio Pollini (piano) rec. 2015/16
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 6127 [54:37]
[MG] Pollini’s masterful playing is
generally faster, smoother and more varied than
that of his younger contemporaries.
Quartets Vol. 6 - Amadeus String
Qt rec. 1950-69 AUDITE 21.426
[5 CDs: 313:23] [JW] A box of high importance
to admirers of this august group.
SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Concertos - Lukas Geniušas,
Dmitry Masleyev (piano) Sergey Dogadin, Pavel
Milyukov (violin) Alexander Buzlov, Alexander
Ramm (cello) Tatarstan Ntl SO/Alexander Sladkovsky
rec. 2016 MELODIYA MELCD1002465
[3 CDs: 176:31] [NB] Simply superb - bravo
to all involved!
STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)The FirebirdBenjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
da Requiem Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf
Kempe rec. 1976 BERLIN CLASSICS 0300890BC
[39.37] [MC] Collectors should snap up this
excellent albumwithout delay.
William WALTON (1902-1983) &
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Cello Concertos Ina BOYLE (1889-1967)
Elegy - Nadège Rochat (cello) Staatskapelle
Weimar/Paul Meyer rec. 2016 ARS PRODUKTION
ARS 38.221 SACD [62:40] [RB] Cosily
cocooned readings that envelop the listener
without blunting the treble range.
Music Nargiz Aliyarova (piano)
rec. 2016 ET'CETERA KTC1556
[69:10] [RB] Be rewarded by this advocacy
of Azerbaijan's scarcely known concert
InteractionsWorks by Lutosławski, Stravinsky & Valen
- Gunnar Flagstad (violin) Bård Monsen (piano)
rec. 2016 2L
2L237 SACD &Blu-Ray
[53:00] [DD] Stimulating works, well played
and recorded ... price and format restricts
Are The Wonders ORA/Suzy
Digby rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905284
[70:25] [JQ] Another stimulating and successful
juxtaposition of polyphonic and contemporary
music by ORA.
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