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[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]


Domenico SCARLATTI (1679-1744) La Dirindina, Sinfonias, Sonatas Marina Bartoli (soprano) L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo (violin) rec. 2007 CPO 777 555-2 [63:59] [JV]

The intermezzo is the main attraction: a nice piece, well sung and played.  

Johann Christian SCHIEFERDECKER (1679-1732) Cantatas, Concerts Klaus Mertens (bass) Jan Kobow (tenor) Hamburger Ratsmusik/Simone Eckert rec. 2012 CARUS 83.398 [62:18] [JW]

Graciousness and melodic invention … facility and good spirits. 

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Octet Consortium Classicum rec. 1996 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG 301 0768-2 [63:41] [MC]

Splendidly performed. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kerner Lieder & songs by Wolf, Korngold & Mahler Roderick Williams (baritone) Helmut Deutsch (piano) rec. 2011 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0055 [70:32] [JQ]

A marvellous, deeply satisfying lieder recital. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Violin Concertos, Phantasie Anthony Marwood (violin) BBC Scottish SO/Douglas Boyd rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67847 [69:29][JW]

Three performances of a consistently high standard.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Quintet Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Quintet 2 Jonathan Biss (piano) Elias String Qt rec. 2012 ONYX 4092 [70:53] [JS]

Good to hear such thoroughly prepared and thoughtful performances. 

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Liederkreis, Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers Gerald Finley (baritone) Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2011/2 HYPERION CDA67944 [64:20] [ST]

Finley brings a weight and intensity that is all his own. 

Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian Suite, La Mer Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphony 4 see DEBUSSY

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Geistliche Gesänge Dresdner Kammerchor/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2009 CARUS 83.239 [60:01] [JW] 

With fine performances and well judged recording there can be no reservations. 

José SEREBRIER (b.1938) Flute Concerto with Tango see Pipe Dreams - Sharon Bezaly


RECORDING OF THE MONTH

Bedřich SMETANA
(1824-1884) String Quartet 2 see Dawn of Czech Modernism

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Piano Sonata, Rondoletto George ONSLOW (1784-1853) Piano Sonata, Six Pièces, Toccata Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2011 HYPERION CDA67947 [78:16] [JW]

First class recording and thoroughly sympathetic performances. 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Violin Sonata Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Violin Sonata, Sei pezzi Tasmin Little (violin); Piers Lane (piano) rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHAN 10749 [65:50][RB]

Flooded with melodic light … surging with eruptive romance.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Der Rosenkavalier Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, Munich PO/Christian Thielemann rec. 2009 DECCA 478 1507 [3 CDs: 203:39] [RMo]

The great climaxes still worked their magic and I often forgot my objections. 

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Tod und Verklärung see CHERUBINI

Maria SZYMANOWSKA (1789-1831) Ballads and Romances Elizabeth Zapolska (mezzo), Bart van Oort (piano) rec. 2011 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0260 [71:54][JW]

An interesting impression is left by this disc.

Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) The Complete Works Chapelle du Roi/Alistair Dixon, Charivari Agréable rec. 1996-2004 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94268 [10 CDs: 657:34] [JW]

The single most important Tallis set now available.

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Sleeping Beauty (highlights) Slovak State PO/Andrew Mogrelia rec. 1991 NAXOS 8.572931 [76:59] [JWh]

Still one of the best recordings available. 

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Sleeping Beauty Bergen PO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHSA 5113(2) [77:14 + 77:56] [DBi] [NB]

This is a great work in a very fine performance beautifully recorded. [DBi] I am not sure this current issue adds greatly to our knowledge and appreciation of this great work – finer and more engaging versions exist elsewhere. [NB]

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies 4 & 5 London PO/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2011 LPO LIVE LPO-0064 [43:17 + 41:30] [ST]

These don’t stand up to repeated listening on record. 

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) The Autograph Scores Collegium Musicum 90/Simon Standage rec. 2011 CHANDOS CHAN0787 [79:18] [JV]

Lovers of Telemann's music should consider this disc although the performances are less than ideal. 

Will TODD (b. 1970) The Call of Wisdom Tenebrae; English CO/Nigel Short SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD298 [66:46] [JQ]

Will Todd’s music is well served by Tenebrae but the programme is something of a mixed bag.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata Emma Matthews, Gianluca Terranova, Jonathan Summers, Australian Opera and Ballet O & Ch/Brian Castles-Onion rec. 2012 OPERA AUSTRALIA OPOZ56029DVD [141:00] [ST]

Go into it this once with open eyes and you’ll probably enjoy it. 

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Symphonies 6 & 7 São Paulo SO/Isaac Karabtchevsky rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.573043 [68:18] [DM]

Musically uneven but still worth hearing; augurs well for the rest of this cycle. 

Carl VINE (b.1954) Pipe Dreams see Pipe Dreams - Sharon Bezaly

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Recorder Concertos George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Recorder Sonatas Piers Adams (recorders) with Musica da Camera in Vivaldi Howard Beach (harpsichord and organ); David Watkin (cello) in Handel rec. 1988, RED PRIEST RP008 [56:40 + 59:13] [JW]

Trilling luminescence … classical poise.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerti con Molti Stromenti The King's Consort/Robert King rec. 1998 HYPERION HELIOS CDH 55439 [69:13]  [Byz]

A bargain for Vivaldi novices and collectors alike.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concertos for two violins Angelo Cicillini and Luca Venturini (violins) L'Orfeo Ensemble di Spoleto/Fabrizio Ammetto rec. 2009 TACTUS TC672253 [63:56] [JV]

Three first recordings and three reconstructions are reasons enough to welcome this disc. 

Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883) Götterdämmerung Kirsten Flagstad, Set Svanholm, Opera Chorus, Oslo PO, Norwegian State Radio O/Øivin Fjeldstad rec. 1956 NAXOS 8.112066-69 [4 CDs: 260:12] [GF]

Should be in every serious Wagner lover’s collection for the singing of Flagstad and Svanholm. 

William Vincent WALLACE (1812-1865) Celtic Fantasies Rosemary Tuck (piano) Richard Bonynge (*piano II) rec. 2009. DDD NAXOS 8.572775 [71:13][Byz]

Craftsmanship and mellifluousness.

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Invitation to the Dance (orch. Berlioz) op.65 [10:07] Symphony No. 1 [23:12] Bassoon Concerto op. 75 [17:12] Symphony No. 2 [17:50] Karen Geoghegan (bassoon) BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena rec. 2012 CHANDOS CHAN 10748 [69:11] [RB]

A doughty entrant in the hardly over-populated Weber catalogue. Enjoyable stuff.

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Piano Sonatas 4-6 Murray McLachlan (piano) rec. 1996 DIVINE ART DDA25107 [66:46][SA]

A disc to savour.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Symphony 6 Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir/Vasily Grachev St Petersburg State SO/Vladimir Lande rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.572779 [61:01] [Byz]

This must be the new first choice for Weinberg 6. 

Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948) Idillio-concertino, Concertino, Suite-concertino Andrea Tenaglia (oboe); Willian Moriconi (cor anglais); Giuseppe Ciabocchi (bassoon) Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia rec. 2009 NAXOS 8.572921 [77:32] [JWh]

77 minutes of sheer joy. You can’t help but smile so give it a try. 

Iannis XENAKIS (1922- 2001) Zyia, Six Chansons Grècques, Psappha, Persephassa Angelica Cathariou (mezzo); Cécile Daroux (flute); Daniel Ciampolini (percussion); Nikolaos Samaltanos, Dimitri Vassilikis (piano) SAPHIR LVC1168 [62.14] [GH]

Often thought-provoking as is the entire disc of music by this most innovative of minds. 

Juliusz ZAREBSKI (1854-1885) Piano Quintet see ZELENSKI

Wladyslaw ZELENSKI (1837-1921) Piano Quartet in C minor Op 61 (1890s) [36:19] Juliusz ZAREBSKI (1854-1885) Piano Quintet in G minor Op 34 (1885) [34:47] Jonathan Plowright (piano) Szymanowski Quartet rec. 2011, HYPERION CDA67905 [71:06] [RB]

Fluently lyrical late-romantic delights irresistibly presented in every way.


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[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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