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Schumann Sonata in G minor Liszt Concert Studies Debussy Suite Bergamasque Chopin Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 Review

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Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) A most worthwhile survey ... It has the strength of its convictions Fantasien Op.116; Intermezzi Op.117; Klavierstücke Op.118 & 119 Elena Kuschnerova (piano) [JW]

Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Scrupulously detailed Ballades that too often turn cold and stiff Ballades Nos. 1-4; Impromptus Nos. 1-3; Fantaisie-Impromptu; Bolero Eugene Mursky (piano) [TO]

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Aaron COPLAND A great disc (1900-1990) Old American Songs; Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson; Billy the Kid (selection) Thomas Hampson (bar) Dawn Upshaw (sop) Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugo Wolff [SA]

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) I will treasure this disc as a record of a fine singer at a wonderful peak in her career but I can’t get rid of the feeling that the engineers could have made her sound even better Operatic Arias Emma Bell (soprano) Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Richard Egarr [RH]

Paul Le FLEM (1881-1954) Melancholy, heroic, sombrely optimistic ... echoes with the sound of bells and the beautiful magnificence of marine landscapes - in wind, rain and sunshine. I cannot overstate the high quality of this music Works for solo piano; Violin Sonata Marie-Catherine Girod (piano); Annick Roussin (violin) [RB]

Franz LEHÁR (1870-1948) A curiosity despite Kollo’s contribution Das Land des Lächelns Stuttgart and Radioorchester Stuttgart/Wolfgang [ED]

Karol RATHAUS (1895-1954) Moderately attractive music in a tough idiom requiring some persistence Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Israel Yinon [RB]

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Music-making of real allure ... a fine example in historic sound of one of Rimsky's supernatural operas Sadko Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra/Nikolai Golovanov [RB]

Xaver SCHARWENKA (1850-1924) Both concertos rate as worthy of our attention more than a century on, even though they are not as firmly positioned in the repertory as they used to be Piano Concerto No. 1 Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Piano Concerto No. 4 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Michael Stern [TB]

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I can’t think that this will ever be someone’s first choice of Don Carlo, but admirers of Ettore Bastianini should definitely search it out and there is enough of good singing elsewhere too to make it a fairly attractive proposition Don Carlo Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Kurt Adler [GF]

 

 

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