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We completed 155 full-length CD reviews for March.
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Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonatas: No. 1 in F minor, op. 120/1, No. 2 in E flat, op. 120/2 Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) 3 Phantasiestücke, op. 73 Harold Wright (clarinet), Peter Serkin (pianoforte) Recorded 25-29 August 1992, South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield MA BOSTON RECORDS BR 1005 CD [53.40]

A disc which should preserve the name of Harold Wright for ever more. It achieves a sublime simplicity that is to be wondered at. … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.6 in A minor "Tragic" (1903-5) Alban BERG (1885-1935) Three Pieces for Orchestra op.6 (1914-15) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Andante in B minor (D 936A No.2) (1828) (Realised by Brian Newbould) SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Michael Gielen (Recorded in the Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden 7-9 September 1999 (Mahler), the Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 3-8 March 1993 (Berg), and the Konzerthaus, Freiburg 5 September 1998 (Schubert).) HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.029 [1.55.28] [TD]

A well-executed and very absorbing Mahler Sixth placed in fascinating musical context by Schubert and Berg, all well-recorded and played … see Full Review

Leonard SALZEDO (1921-2000) String Quartet No.2 Op. 3 (1942-43, revised 1995) Sonata for Violin and Viola Op.132 String Quartet No.7 Op.76
Archæus Quartet Ann Hooley and Bridget Davey-violins Elizabeth Turnbull-viola, Martin Thomas-cello Recorded Henry Wood Hall, London, April 2001 DUTTON CDLX 7113 DDD [61:52] [CT]

On the evidence of the seventh quartet at least this is a ten-quartet cycle that must rank alongside the likes of Elizabeth Maconchy and Daniel Jones as a major achievement in the genre. Performances of great integrity by the Archæus Quartet. … see Full Review

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No. 1 [33.34] Piano Concerto No. 2 [44.01] Mikhaïl Petukhov (piano) Buenos Aires PO/Alexander Anissimov rec Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 3 May 1993, 13 Sept 1994 PAVANE ADW 7387 [77.40] [RB]

Not a pristine item. Give thanks for that. In the place of sterile perfection you have two unruly and viscerally exciting real performances ... see Full Review




Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trios; Violin Sonata; Cello Sonatas Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)Piano Trio Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Jacqueline Du Pré (cello), Daniel Barenboim (piano) Rec December 1969, January 1970 (Piano Trios), Abbey Road Studios, London August 1970 (cello and piano), Usher Hall, Edinburgh December 1971, August 1972, June, July 1973 (violin and piano), Zehlendorf, Berlin and Abbey Road Studios, London July 1972 (Tchaikovsky), Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv EMI CLASSICS 5 74447 2 [9 CDs] [TB]

Virtuoso rhythmic attack. Du Pré's Cello Sonatas rich-toned and full of commitment. Recordings warm and ambient. The performances tend to play the music for all it is worth. The Tchaikovsky is the jewel in the crown … see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833 1897) Cello Sonata 1 in E minor, Op. 38, (1862 1865) Cello Sonata 2 in F, Op. 99, (1886) Cello Sonata arr from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78 (1878-79) * Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 1943) Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19, (1901) ** Robert SCHUMANN (1810 1856) Adagio and Allegro in A flat, Op. 70, (1849) * 3 Fantasiestuke for cello and piano Op. 70 (1849) ** Yo Yo Ma cello with Emanuel Ax piano Janos Starker cello with Rudolph Buchbinder piano * Janos Starker cello with Shigeo Neriki piano ** recorded 1985, 1991 and 1994 DDD RCA Red Seal 74321 845982 2 CDs [136.26] (budget priced) [JP]

Anyone purchasing this French RCA double disc is in for a very rewarding two and a quarter hours listening see Full Review



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