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Monday February 24th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Concerti for Two Harpsichords
Emmanuel Frankenberg (harpsichord), Ensemble Masques/Olivier Fortin (harpsichord) rec. 2018
[59:46] [DC]

Excellent performances and a fine recording.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9
Bavarian RSO & Ch/Bernard Haitink rec. 2019
 [71:58] [WH]

A big, impressive performance of the Ninth which Haitink’s admirers will not want to miss.
Auguste DUPONT (1827-1890)
Piano Concerto No. 3
Peter BENOIT (1834-1901)

Symphonic poem
St Gallen SO/Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2018
[62:49] [PRB]

Very entertaining.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) & Carl STAMITZ (1745-1801)
Ana de la Vega (flute), Ramón Ortega Quero (oboe), Trondheim Soloists rec. 2019
[64:38] [MW]

Interesting works with two fine soloists, but the accompaniment needed more loving care.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Piano Sonata No.1, Moments Musicaux, ╔tudes-Tableaux
Alfonso Soldano (piano) rec. 2019
DDA25155 [79:56] [JF]

Soldano’s playing left me both impressed and amazed.
Camille SAINT-SAЁNS (1835-1921)
Piano Concertos Nos 3 & 5, Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, Allegro appassionato
Louis Lortie (piano) BBC Philharmonic/Edward Gardner rec. 2018/19
[66.51] [CRa]

An exciting and dramatic record of under-appreciated music,
but there are now many competitors.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Mathias Hedegaard (tenor) Tove L°nskov (piano) rec. 2018
[75:45] [GF]

An honest and deeply felt reading.
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924)
String Quartets Nos 1, 2 & 6
Dante Quartet rec. 2019
[79:17] [JW]

The cycle of Stanford’s Quartets has now been completed in excellent style.
Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916)
Romanza da Salotto Italiana
Stanisław Daniel Kotliński (baritone) Marco Balderi (piano) rec. 2018
DUX 1482
[77:00] [RMas]

Sensitive performances of Italian parlor songs.
Swing A Benny Goodman Story
Pierre Genisson (clarinet) BBC Concert O/Keith Lockhart rec. 2018
[54:50] [MC]

Genisson is on unerringly fine form.
Beethoven: The Man Revealed
by John Suchet publ. 2020
Elliott and Thompson

A thoroughly readable, digestible and entertaining biography.
Completions and Reconstructions of Musical Works - Part 5 by Stephen Barber

Puccini's Suor Angelica - a survey by Ralph Moore
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Mirella Freni - an obituary by Ralph Moore

Completions and Reconstructions of Musical Works - Part 3 by Stephen Barber


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