Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Sonatina; Rhapsodic Ballad; Folk-Tale; Legend-Sonata -
Lionel Handy (cello) Nigel Clayton (piano) rec. 2012 SLEEVELESS RECORDS [RB] Bax enthusiasts and lovers of late-romantic cello music should seek this out.
Ludovico EINAUDI (b. 1955) Passagio - Lavinia Meijer (harp) rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [BR] What's the purpose of art? This isn't it.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Jahreszeiten -
Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Florian Bosch, Vienna PO & State Opera Ch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 2013 EUROARTS DVD [JS] A reliable guide to the supreme genius of this work but audio alternatives give a better impression of its quality.
Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934) Piano works: 1949-2009 -
Richard Casey (piano) rec. 2010 PRIMA FACIE [PCG] A valuable collection, with no competition in the current catalogues.
Cindy McTEE (b. 1953) Circuits, Symphony 1, Einstein's Dream, Double Play - Detroit SO/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2010/2012 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS [DD] Exciting pieces from an inspired modern composer in exemplary performances.
Ignaz PLEYEL (1757-1831) Sinfonies Concertantes; Bassoon Concerto -
Hanna Dönneweg (bassoon) SWR RSO/Johannes Moesus rec. 2010 CPO [TB] Scoring highly on facility and technique, but lower on imagination and drama though well worth hearing.
Domenico ZIPOLI (1688-1726) Sonate d'intavolatura per cimbalo - Sergio Vartolo (harpsichord) rec. 1991 TACTUS [BBa] Rich in musical ideas, often brimming with charm and felicity.
Sleep Songs Caitríona O’Leary (voice)
rec. 2011 HERESY [GPJ] A unique and beautifully produced album, bringing together imaginative research and rich musical talent. These ancient Irish songs come magically to life.
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