CD & DVD REVIEWS
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reviews completed so far this month
Violin Concerto Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony 4 Wanda Wilkomirska
(violin) Warsaw PO/Witold Rowicki rec. live, 1967 ORCHESTRAL CONCERT
production values from this company ensure that terrific concerts such
as this have a continuing and richly deserved afterlife.
Missa Defunctorum, Madrigals Exaudi Nos/Joan Grimalt
rec. 2010 COLUMNA MÚSICA
Mass: one of the finest of its time and place.
Ariane Et Barbe-Bleue Deborah
Polaski (soprano) Kwangchul Youn (bass) Slovak PCh, VIenna RSO/Bertrand
De Billy rec. live, 2006 BRILLIANT CLASSICS
but with moments of great orchestral and vocal virtuosity.
The Hymn of Jesus, The Perfect
Fool, Egdon Heath BBC Ch, London PO, BBC SO/Sir
Adrian Boult rec. 1961 HIGH DEFINITION TAPE TRANSFER
well measured, well judged performances where a sense of rooted and
dedicated rightness allows the music to emerge naturally.
Concerto, Concertos for Two Pianos, Quadrivium Aldo
Orvieto, Fausto Bongelli (pianos) Gruppo 40.6; Fondazione Arena di Verona
O/Carlo Miotto rec. 2010 NAXOS
Roundhouse concerts come to unruly life again.
OF THE MONTH Gustav
Symphony 2 Kathleen Battle, Christa Ludwig, Konzertvereinigung
Wiener Staatsopernchor, Vienna PO/James Levine rec. live, 1989 ORFEO
one of the great Resurrections of our time.
and Psalm, Voyage, Cinq tableaux de Caspar
David Friedrich Grażyna Strzeszewska, Anna Sikorzak-Olek
(harps) Polish Radio Ch in Cracow/Polish Ntl RSO in Katowice/Michał
Klauza rec. 2009/10 DUX
wants to convey mood, and feeling, and he does these things very well
& Achille LONGO Piano
Quintets Circo Artistico, Aldo Ciccolini (piano) rec. 2009
pair of provocative discoveries.
- Vol. 4: Early piano works Donna Amato (piano) rec. 2002
Adventurers really do not need to be all that hardy to enjoy this collection.
Ensemble Tetraktys/Kees Boeke rec. 2010 ETCETERA
singing is elegant and the instrumental work delicate and neat. The
overall production is colourful, easy to grasp and smartly presented.
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RETROSPECTIVE RTR 4188 £7 postage paid
Records have launched an internet radio station, playing
their recordings 24/7 free
Paul Chamber Orchestra - an archive of more than 150 performances,
free for streaming online
York Philharmonic digital archives - documents from the
interest to all lovers of English music: Gustav Holst's The
Coming of Christ, Two Psalms, Nunc Dimmitis & I love my love
conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton. Available for £12 post-free
from Musicweb. Click here.
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