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Friday May 31st 2013

230 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) French Suites - Colin Tilney (clavichord) rec. 2009 MUSIC & ARTS CD-1268 [60:21 + 63:08] [JW] Intimacy married with refinement in a truly unaffected but often affecting way.

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) Carmen: highlights - Tatiana Troyanos, Plácido Domingo, José van Dam, Kiri Te Kanawa, LPO/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1975 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 3520 [74:55] [SFV] This captures Solti at the peak of his powers and popularity.

Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809) Symphonies 102, 103 - Mozarteumorchrester, Salzburg/Ivor Bolton rec. 2011 OEHMS CLASSICS OC421 [53:32] [BW] The slightly mean playing time is the only cloud on the horizon.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony 29; Kassation; Divertimento - European Union Chamber Orchestra/Hans-Peter Hofmann rec. 2012 BARN COTTAGE RECORDS BCR011 [79:04] [TB] The European Union Chamber Orchestra offers splendid performances of the dance music but that of the Symphony No. 29 is somewhat under-characterised.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata in D - Alice Sara Ott (piano) rec. 2012 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 0088 [72:29] [DC] Good Mussorgsky, powerful live performances.

Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Complete Original Works for Piano Duet and Duo - Volume 2 - Invencia Piano Duo rec. 2010/11 GRAND PIANO GP622 [59:07] [WK] Great charm as well as technical prowess.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Ouvertures pittoresques Arte dei Suonatori/Martin Gester rec. 2012 BIS-SACD-1979 [77:12] [DC] A release with curative powers.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) A Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi - Selected recordings 1914-1962 - Various singers, conductors and orchestras rec. 1914–1962 PREISER RECORDS PR93484 [73:20 + 77:19] [RM] For all its vocal splendours, this bargain vintage compendium can also be seen as a lament for a lost age and tradition.

Black Manhattan - Volume 2 - Soloists, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra/Rick Benjamin rec. 2012 NEW WORLD RECORDS 80731-2 [71:31] [JW] Many black theatrical composers and lyricists to enjoy on this disc.

Grand Hotel - Tom Jenkins (violin) Reginald Kilbey (cello) Jack Byfield (piano) BBC Grand Hotel Orchestra rec. 1951/52 DINMORE DRD 056 [76:29] [JW] It’s good to welcome Jenkins back to the fold.


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