OF THE MONTH
Thomas ADČS (b. 1971)
Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms -
Samuel Dale Johnson (baritone)
London SO/Thomas Adčs
rec. 2016 LSO LIVE LSO0798 BD-A/SACD [62:55] [LW] Thomas Adčs’s orchestral trilogy in authoritative performances and stunning sound.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Keyboard works - Rafał Blechacz (piano)
rec. 2012-15 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4795534
[65:54] [SG] This will probably go to the
top of my list of Recordings
of the Year.
Phillip GLASS (b.1937)
Violin Concerto No.1 Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990)
Serenade After Plato’s Symposium - Renaud Capuçon
(violin), Bruckner O Linz/Dennis Russel
Davies rec. 2010/16 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0114
[63:57] [MB] The reason to buy this
disc is for the definitive performance of the Glass concerto.
Charles IVES (1874-1954) Orchestral Set No. 2, Symphonies 3 & 4 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Melbourne SO &Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2014/16 CHANDOS CHSA5174 SACD [71.04] [MW] Outstanding recordings of astonishing and truly great music.
György LIGETI (1923-2006)
Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto, Chamber Concerto, Melodien - Christian
Poltéra (cello) Joonas Ahonen (piano) BIT 20 Ens/Baldur Brönnimann rec.
2014/15 BIS BIS-2209 SACD [71:30] [DC]
Beats even the classic recordings.
(1811-1886) Opera and song transcriptions - Gábor Farkas (piano)
rec. 2016 STEINWAY & SONS STNS 30065
[63:46] [DM] Farkas is a first-class Lisztian; the recording is top-notch, too.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 3 - Gerhild Romberger (alto);
Bavarian RS Ch,
Budapest Festival O/Iván Fischer rec. 2016
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA38817 [2 SACDs: 95:30]
Without question, the finest instalment in Fischer’s Mahler cycle to
date; the DXD download is a stunner, too.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano
Concerto No.23 Sergei RACHMANINOV
Concerto No.3 - Grigory Sokolov (piano)
Mahler CO/Trevor Pinnock, BBC PO/Yan Pascal
Tortelier rec. 1995/2005 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
479 7015 [71:43 + DVD: 58:52] [MB]
A fabulous and absolutely essential release
that demands to be heard.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
- Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo) Nils Anders
Mortensen (piano) rec. 2014 LAWO CLASSICS
LWC1111 [65:16] [GF] Comes closer
to the true Mozart than anyone else I have heard.
Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
All-Night Vigil - Gloria Dei Cantores/Peter Jermihov
GLORIA DEI CANTORES SACD GDCD063 [66:34] [JQ]
A splendid achievement. Listening to this recording is an uplifting and rewarding experience.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Mélodies avec Orchestre -
Yann Beuron (tenor) Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
O Della Svizzera Italiana/Markus Poschner
rec. 2016 ALPHA 273 [58:05] [RJW] The quality of performance is
Adam SCHOENBERG (b 1980)
American Symphony, Picture Studies -
Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern
rec. 2014 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-139 SACD [64:58] [JQ] Artistically and sonically this is an exciting disc.
Giaces de WERT (1535-1596) Sacred Motets - Stile Antico rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI SACD HMM807620 [67.19] [GH] A disc which is as good as they come.
Wanda Luzzato (violin) Unreleased Recordings - rec. 1955/79 RHINE CLASSICS RH-002 [8 CDs: 510:00] [SG] Valuable recorded documents from the Wanda Luzzato Archive. I would encourage all violin afficionados to explore this compelling collection.
The Masque of Moments Theatre of the Ayre/Elizabeth Kenny,
Salisbury Cathedral Ch, Lay Clerks
rec. 2015 LINN CKD542 [68:18] [GH] This beautifully recorded disc will no doubt be one of my highlights of 2017.
Camilla Tilling (soprano) Loves me … loves me not
Musica Saeculorum/Philipp von Steinaecker rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2234 SACD [65:51]
[GF] All in all: this is a marvellous disc!
Camilla Tilling (soprano) Loves me … loves me not
Musica Saeculorum/Philipp von Steinaecker rec. 2015 BIS BIS-2234 SACD
One of the finest albums of its kind and
has my highest possible endorsement.
Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788)
Organ Sonatas - Iain Quinn (organ) rec. 2014
NAXOS 8.573424 [77:29] [MR]
Bright and cheerful organ music from Bach’s
second son given spring-like freshness and vitality
by Quinn’s delightfully articulate fingers.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Works Vol. 2
Masaaki Suzuki (organ)
rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2241 SACD [70:47] [DHu] Another fine Bach recital from Suzuki but, like me, you may not warm to the sound from the Shoin Chapel.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Erbarme Dich -
Reinoud van Mechelen (tenor) A Nocte Temporis
rec. 2016 ALPHA CLASSICS 252 [69:56] [MR] An errant mystery track risks obscuring what is for the most part a fine presentation of Bach arias sung by a beautifully clear-toned tenor and supported by an excellent instrumental ensemble.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, ,
Concerto in the Italian Style,
Overture after the French Manner -
Steven Devine (harpsichord)
CHANDOS CHACONNE CHAN0802 [71:58] [CC] The performances are not entirely consistent but there is enough here to
provide plenty of enjoyment.
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
St John Passion
Fire/Jeannette Sorrell rec. 2016 AVIE
AV2369 [33:08 + 74:34] Les Musiciens du
Louvre/Marc Minkowski rec. 2014 ERATO
9029585405 [39:34 + 71:08]
Crouch End Festival Ch, Bach Camerata/David Temple
rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHSA5183(2) SACD
[34:33 + 75:44] [ST] Three excellent recordings;
if forced to pick just one, I’d go for
Minkowski because I found his overall vision
so compellingly convincing.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827) Piano Concerto Nos
2 & 3 -
Margarita Höhenrieder (piano)
Würtemburgisches CO Heilbronn/Leon Fleisher
rec. 2014/15 ACCENTUS MUSIC ACC20407 DVD [88:00] [DC] Well produced and very enjoyable.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas
Nos 2, 4 & 5 - Joseph Bernstein (violin), Ella Goldstein (piano) rec. 1949 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1271 [50:52] [SG]
Recordings, long since forgotten, but now expertly remastered.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Trios - Jean Pougnet (violin) Frederick Riddle (viola) Anthony Pini (cello) rec. 1952 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR977/8 [72:59 + 73:50] [JW] A valuable issue, giving us more from the best British string trio to have recorded – nothing less than the complete trios of Beethoven.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony
No. 3 (transcr. Liszt), Bagatelles - Gabriele Baldocci (piano) rec. 2015
DYNAMIC CDS7771 [71:52] [DC]
Excellent performances and an interpretation for long-term listening.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos Nos
1 & 2 -
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Tapiola Sinfonietta/Osmo Vänskä
rec. 2014/15 BIS BIS-2078 SACD [63:16] [DHu] A disappointing end to the cycle ... or is it?
Ignaz Franz BIBER (1644-1704) Rosary
Sonatas - Alice Piérot (violin) Les Veilleurs
de Nuit rec. 2002 ALPHA 038
[51:36 + 68:08] [RK] Listeners who enjoy
a more fevered approach should look elsewhere,
but many will find satisfaction in her even-tempered
take on this music.
Richard BLACKFORD (b.1954)
The Better Angels of Our Nature, Goodfellow
Maria Gajdosova (violin), David Campbell (clarinet), Solstice Qt; Emily
Brno Phil/Richard Blackford; BBC SO/Martyn Brabbins
NIMBUS NI6338 [67:21] [RB] Emotionally fluent … depths as well as accessible oratory.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Works Vol. 4 -
Jonathan Plowright (piano)
rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2137 SACD [82:08] [DC] Further enhancement of Plowright's reputation in Brahms.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Works for Solo Piano Vol. 6
Barry Douglas (piano)
rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHAN10903 [77:29] [JQ] The final, excellent instalment in Barry Douglas’ highly rewarding Brahms series.
Walter BRAUNFELS (1882-1954)
Marc Horus (tenor)
Christa Ratzenböck (mezzo)
EntArteOpera Ch, Israel CO/Martin Sieghart
rec. 2014 CAPRICCIO C9006 DVD [129 mins] [SSi] Give this production time, and the fine singing and the musicality of Braunfels’s score will win you over.
BRUCH (1838-1920) String Quintets,
String Octet - Nash Ens rec. 2016 HYPERION
CDA68168 [62:48] [BSt] This new
Hyperion disc provides the most appropriate
coupling of these late works, and I shall return
to it with much pleasure.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 4 - Munich Phil/Valery Gergiev
rec. 2015 MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS MPHL0002 [68.21] [MC] A compelling account but even so it has serious rivals.
Ingeborg Dalheim, Anna Kellnhofer (soprano)
Franz Vitzthum, Alex Potter (alto) Jan Van Elsacker
(tenor) Florian Götz (bass) United Continuo
Ens/Thomas C. Boysen rec. 2016 PAN CLASSICS
PC10362 [59:06] [JV] The six singers
deliver wonderful performances.
Julián CARRILLO (1875–1965) Orchestral Works -
SO San Luis Potosi/José Miramontes Zapata
rec. 2015 STERLING CDS1107-2 [62:48] [RB] Thanks to Sterling and their Mexican allies for documenting the romantic 19th century music of Carillo's earlier years.
Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676)
Vespero della Beata Vergine Maria -
Coro Claudio Monteverdi di Crema, Schola Gregoriana, La Pifarescha/Bruno Gini
rec. 2016 DYNAMIC CDS7782 [62:32] [JV] The performances are good enough to allow enjoyment.
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Works for piano and orchestra - Jan Lisiecki (piano) NDR Elbphilharmonie O/Kryzysztof Urbański rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4796824 [64:43] [SB] Splendid new versions of Chopin’s shorter concertante works.
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete Piano Sonatas
Joseph Moog (piano)
rec. 2016 ONYX 4152 [77:10] [JWe] There is much accomplished playing here and the recording is admirably clear and bright.
COUPERIN (1668-1733) L'Apothéose
de Lully, Leçons de Ténčbres - Katherine
Watson, Anna Dennis (sopranos) Arcangelo/Jonathan
Cohen (harpsichord) rec. 2013/14 HYPERION
CDA68093 [70:35] [SSi] An excellent
recording of the chamber version of the L'Apothéose
de Lully, with a recording of the Leçons de
Ténčbres, which whilst it may not be my favourite,
is very good.
Grant CUTLER Self Portrait - Grant Cutler (piano, synthesizers) Jef Sundquist, Chris Campbell (organ) Michelle Kinney, Jacqueline Ultan (cello) Sara Pajunen (violin) Michael Lewis (saxophone) Aby Wolf (vocals) INNOVA 961 [38:33] [DC] Open up your inner spaces.
Carl CZERNY (1791-1857) Piano
Concertos, Rondo Brillant - Tasmanian SO/Howard
Shelley (piano) rec. 2015 HYPERION CDA68138
[73:09] [BSt] Czerny has real limitations
as a composer,
but it is difficult to imagine
a very much better performance or recording
of this kind of music than is to be found on
the present disc.
Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848)
- Mariella Devia (soprano) Mansoo Kim (baritone)
O & Ch Teatro Carlo Felice/Francesco Lanzilotta
rec. 2016 DYNAMIC CDS7755.02
[64:27 + 66:24] [GF] I can admire Mariella
Devia for her wholehearted intensity, but for
a more solid performance go for the Naxos.
Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848)/Johann Simon MAYR (1763-1845)
Messa di Gloria & Credo -
Simon Mayr Ch, Bavarian State Opera Ch, Concerto de Bassus/Franz Hauk
rec. 2014 NAXOS 8.573605 [86:19] [MR] A compendium of isolated sacred pieces formed into a somewhat dubious Mass setting but performed with insouciant charm by some youthful performers under a firmly committed conductor.
Balys DVARIONAS (1904-1972) Complete
Works For Violin & Piano - Justina
Auškelyté (violin) Cesare Pezzi (piano)
rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573673 [64:24]
[RB] Winning miniatures - some emotionally
complex, some less so.
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphony No. 1, Introduction and Allegro - Doric Qt, BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHSA5181 SACD [65:20] [JQ] A very fine version of Elgar’s great symphony.
Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Noches en los jardines de España Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999) Concierto de Aranjuez - Gonzalo Soriano (piano) Narciso Yepes (guitar) Madrid CO/Ataúlfo Argenta
rec. 1954 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1290 [46:04] Manuel de FALLA Noches en los jardines de España Joaquín RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949) Sinfonía Sevillana - Gonzalo Soriano (piano) Narciso Yepes (guitar) Spanish Ntl O/Ataúlfo Argenta rec. 1957 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR443 [65:41] [JW] Excellent transfers of significant early recordings of these works.
Giovanni Battista FERRANDINI (1709-1791) Al santo sepolcro - Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) gambe di legno, l'opera stravagante rec. 2008 FRA BERNARDO FB1401231 [55:00] [JV] A substantial addition to the catalogue of music for Passiontide.
Peter Racine FRICKER (1920-1990)
String Quartets 1-3,
Adagio and Scherzo -
NAXOS 8.571374 [70:23] [BSt]
This fine disc gives us comprehensive coverage of Fricker’s quartet offerings and is to be welcomed.
Robert FÜRSTENTHAL (1920-2016)
Songs and Ballads of Life and Passing
Rafael Fingerlof (baritone)
Sascha El Mouissi (piano)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0354 [61:01] [GF]
Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Violin Sonata, Violin Concerto
- Amy Dickson (saxophone) Catherine Milledge (piano) Royal PO/Mikel Toms rec. 2008/16 SONY 88985 411942 [56:36] [CC] Contains some previously released material; otherwise recommended.
David GORTON (b. 1978) Lachrymae Variations, Forlorn Hope - Stefan Östersjö (eleven-string alto guitar) Longbow/Peter Sheppard Skærved rec. 2015/16 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0396 [62:22] [DC] Worth investigating - certainly for ASMR seekers.
GOSSEC (1773-1829) Symphonies -
Andrea Keller (violin) Martin Sandhoff (flute)
Concerto Köln/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 2003 CAPRICCIO
ENCORE C8019 [64:13] [RB] Lively
music and lively music-making drawing on an
amiable personality able to mine serene dignity
and regal grace.
Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907)
Cello sonata, Andanate con moto Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961)
Scandinavian Suite - Andreas Brantelid (cello) Christian Ihle Hadland (piano) Lars Bjørnkjær (violin) rec. 2014 BIS BIS-2120 SACD [66:33] [DJB] Very fine performances of splendid music.
Johan HALVORSEN (1864-1935) & Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Violin Concertos
Johan SVENDSEN (1840-1911)
Henning Kraggerud (violin) Malmö SO/Bjarte Engeset
rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573738 [62:00]
[BSt] I shall probably get around to listening to this disc again but I’m afraid it won’t be a priority.
Geoffrey HANSON (b. 1939) Odyssey - London Ripieno Society/Geoffrey Hanson; London Mozart Players/Geoffrey Simon rec. 2016 CALA CACD77026 [74:00] [JW] This is an excellent if belated showcase for Hanson’s compositional talents.
Barbara HARBACH (b. 1946) Orchestral Works Vol.
London PO/David Angus MSR CLASSICS MS1614 [62:54] [DJB] Stirring and well-crafted music.
Jennifer HIGDON (b. 1962) Viola Concerto,
Oboe Concerto, All Things Majestic -
Roberto Díaz (viola) James Button (oboe) Nashville SO/Giancarlo Guerrero
rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.559823 [62:47] [JQ] Three appealing and rewarding orchestral works by Jennifer Higdon in excellent performances.
Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955)
Le Roi David - Lucie Chartin (soprano) Thomas Walker (tenor) Ens Vocal de Lausanne, O Suisse Romande/Daniel Reuss
rec. 2016 MIRARE MIR318 [71:37] [JQ] A recording and performance that do full justice to Honegger’s highly original and very communicative score.
Toshio HOSOKAWA (b. 1955)
& Edgar Allan POE (1809-1849) The Raven -
Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo & narrator)
United Instruments of Lucilin/Kentaro Kawase
rec. 2014 NAXOS 8.573724 [60:50] [RB] Hosokawa, Poe and Hellekant share the headlines here and not necessarily in that order.
Hans HUBER (1852-1921) Symphonies 1-8 - Stuttgart PO/Jörg-Peter Weigle rec. 2001/02 STERLING CDS5000-2 [5 CDs: 335:55] [JW] Full marks all round.
Sir Nicholas JACKSON (b. 1934) The Rose and the Ring - William Morgan (tenor) Robyn Parton (soprano) Katherine Crompton (mezzo) Concertante of London/Sir Nicholas Jackson rec. 2016 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6339 [68.51] [PCG] A curious mix of text and music; not to be considered as a contribution to the realm of modern British opera.
John JOUBERT (b.1927) Complete
Organ Music - Tom Winpenny (organ)
rec. 2016 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0398
[58.39] [GH] A very useful and fascinating
release especially for anyone with an interest
in modern organ music.
Lydia KAKABADSE (b. 1955)
Concertato - Sound Collective
rec. 2016 DIVINE ART DDA25149 [68.43] [MW] Superb performances of delightful music – one to hear again and again.
Emmerich KÁLMÁN (1882-1953)
Die Bajadere - Heike Susanne Daum (soprano) Rainer Trost
WDR Radio Ch & Funkhaus O Cologne/Richard Bonynge
rec. 2014 CPO 777 982-2 [55:21 + 53:24] [GF] A wholly charming operetta excellently performed. Not to be missed by operetta lovers!
Molly KIEN (b. 1979)
Pyramid, Song of Britomartis, Smarginatura -
Laura Stephenson (harp)
Västerĺs Sinfonietta/Eva Ollikainen, Anna-Maria Helsing
rec. 2016 DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD173 [56:16] [MW] An outstanding CD of music by a fascinating young composer.
Vardapet (1869-1935) Chamber works
- Mikael Ayrapetyan (piano) Vladimir Sergeev
(violin) rec. 2013 GRAND PIANO GP720
[70:47] [BSt] I strongly recommend exploration
of this illuminating and beautifully recorded
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747-1818) Symphonies Vol. 1 - Czech Ch
PO/Marek Štilec rec. 2016 NAXOS 8.573627 [76:55] [CRo]
An enjoyable disc.
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747-1818) Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 8
Kemp English (fortepiano)
rec. 2012 GRAND PIANO GP732 [69:07] [CC]
A joyous release.
Johann KUHNAU (1660-1722) Complete Sacred Works Vol.
Opelia Musica, camerata lipsiensis/Gregor Meyer
rec. 2013/15 CPO 555 020-2 [67:24] [RK] Inventive music in intelligent and spirited
LAJTHA (1892-1963) Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Suite No.2 - Pécs
SO/Nicolás Pasquet rec. 1995 NAXOS 8.573645 [74.15]
[BSt] We are unlikely to see better alternative versions of
the symphonies for a while so this bargain-price disc can be welcomed, in
spite of my continuing reservations.
László LAJTHA (1892-1963) Symphonies Nos
5 & 6, Lysistrata: Ouverture prestissimo -
Pécs SO/Nicolás Pasquet
rec. 1996 NAXOS 8.573646 [68:11] [RB] The Naxos Lajtha symphony project takes another confident step forward.
LASSUS (1530/1532-1594) Magnificat
- Die Singphoniker rec. 2014 CPO 777
957-2 [64:16] [JV] Like the first
Lassus disc of the Singphoniker, this new release
deserves a positive reception.
Michel LEGRAND (b.1932)
Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto -
Michel Legrand (piano) Henri Demarquette (cello) Radio France PO/Mikko Franck
rec. 2016 SONY CLASSICAL 88985393722 [63:53] [RB] Contemporary romantic concertos should draw in both Legrand fans, cinema music enthusiasts and those who like their contemporary classical music to have some sweet give and take.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Grandes études de Paganini - Wojciech Waleczek (piano) rec. 2016 CAPRICCIO C5276 [71:30] [SB] Waleczek’s rather prosaic playing lets him down.
Juliusz LUCIUK (b. 1927) Songs - Bozena Harasimowicz (soprano) Krystyna Pyszkowska (piano) rec. 2014 ACTE PREALABLE AP0357 [41:42] [EJW] An interesting CD of music by a little known living Polish composer.
Lieder und Gesänge
Patrizia MONTANARO (b. 1956)
Canto di Penelope - Catharina Kroeger (soprano)
Monica Lonero (piano) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT
CLASSICS 95469 [63:45] [GF] Good
to have Alma Mahler’s songs available
at an affordable price.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 - Anne Schwanewilms (soprano) Olga Borodina (mezzo)
Münchner Phil & Ch/Valery Gergiev rec. 2015 MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER RECORDINGS MPHL0001 [80:56] [MC] Gergiev underlines his credentials as a Mahlerian of some stature with this entirely compelling live account of the Resurrection Symphony.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Rückert-Lieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder
Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano) Alfredo Perl (piano)
rec. 2016 MDG 903 1972-6 SACD [58:00] [GF] Not perfect but the feelings are genuine and that is worth a great deal.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde - Roberto Saccà (tenor) Stephen Gadd (baritone) Bamberg
SO/Jonathan Nott rec. 2016 TUDOR 7202 SACD [61:28] [ST] This is, in many places, a very strong recording.
Stephanie MARTIN (b. 1962) Winter Nights - Pax
Christi Ch & O/Stephanie Martin
rec. January 2015 SJM 010 [58:38] [JQ] Unfailingly
attractive choral music by a composer has an excellent understanding of
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Trios Nos
1 & 2 -
Jonathan Gilad (piano) Julia Fischer (violin) Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
rec. 2006 PENTATONE PTC5186609 SACD [59:04] [DJB] Well played Romantic Mendelssohn, but the reason for the re-issue is not clear.
MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer
Night’s Dream - Monteverdi Ch, London SO/Sir John Eliot
Gardiner rec. 2016 LSO LIVE LSO0795
SACD/BD-A [55:09] [JQ] An enchanting
experience in both the audio and video options.
Tarquinio MERULA (1595-1665)
Musica Sacra -
Il Demetrio/Maurizio Schiavo
rec. 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95270 [55:08]
[JV] The singing and playing are not always refined, but you certainly won't get bored.
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Madrigali & Selva morale - Les Arts
Florissants/William Christie rec. 1908-1992
HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2908772.75
[4 CDs: 223:42] [SSi] A wonderful set, one
which brought back many a happy memory and one
that will bring many hours of enjoyment in the
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Le Nozze Di Figaro - Huang Ying (soprano) Li Ao (bass-baritone)
O & Ch China Ntl Centre Arts/Lü Jia rec.
2014 ACCENTUS ACC20207 [2 DVDs:
193 mins] [RJF] In a highly competitive marketplace
this performance is a non-starter.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Complete Piano Trios - Jean Fournier (violin) Antonio Janigro (cello) Paul Badura-Skoda (piano) rec. c. 1954 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1292-93 [68:12 + 59:30] [JW] Pereceptive and understanding performances, though the recorded balance leaves something to be desired.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
La clemenza di Tito - Kurt Streit (tenor) Karina Gauvin
Ens Aedes, Le Cercle de L’Harmonie/Jérémie Rhorer
rec. 2014 ALPHA 270 [62:54 + 70:41] [GF] Although the competition is fierce, this recording by Jérémie Rhorer has a lot in its favour.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos 1-5 - Mozart Anniversary O/James Ehnes (violin) rec.2005 ONYX 4164 [64:57 + 78:14] [JW] An attractive set.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Gran Partita -
LSO Wind Ens
rec. 2015 LSO LIVE LSO5075 SACD [47:43] [ST] A performance that doesn't really have enough to make it stand out,
and dangerously uncompetitive without a coupling.
Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931)
Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Aladdin Suite -
Samuel Coles (flute) Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)
Philharmonia O/Paavo Järvi
rec. 2015/16 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD477 [69:22] [LW] Outstanding accounts of the concertos, but the coupling detracts.
Johannes NUCIUS (after 1556-1620)
Missa Vestiva i colli, Sacred Motets -
Alsfelder Vocal Ens/Wolfgang Helbich
rec. 1993 MDG 334 0454-2 [45:58] [JV] A small but fine monument for this little-known master.
Konrad ŘHRN (b. 1950)
The Flute Music -
Tora Rřstvik, Katarzyna Kaminska (flutes)
European Flute Ens,
CoOperate O/Adam Domurat
ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0381 [54:24] [DC]
Nothing dangerous here, but some nice new repertoire for flute fans.
William PETTER (1982-2016) Ablaze with Light - The Rose Singers/Peter Foggitt; Paul Plummer (organ)
rec. 2016 NOVUM NCR1393 [48:46] [JQ] The fine if slender compositional legacy of William Petter, excellently
Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687-1755)
Violin Sonatas Silvius Leopold WEISS (1687-1750) Lute Sonatas
Thomasz Aleksander Plusa (violin)
Earl Christy (lute)
Ere Lievonen (harpsichord)
rec. 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95432 [79:20] [SSi] An interesting and attractive disc, which introduces the possible link between the music of Vivaldi and Bach.
Ildebrando PIZZETTI (1880-1968) Symphony,
Harp Concerto -
Margherita Bassani (harp) National SO/Damian Iorio
rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573613 [65:14] [RB] Unusual, provocative and satisfying ... a step into the open air.
Nicola Antonio PORPORA (1686-1768)/Giovanni Battista COSTANZI (1704-1778) Cello Sonatas
Adriano Maria Fazio (cello) rec. March 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95408 [56:36]
[JV] Because of the unusual texture of these sonatas as well as the engaging performances by these artists this disc is well worth investigating.
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Cinderella, 4 Pieces Kirill ZABOROV (b. 1970)
Apparitions - Jenny Lin (piano)
rec. 2015 STEINWAY & SONS STNS 30055
Intelligent and imaginative music-making, coupled with first-rate
sound; a few grumbles, though.
Complete Songs for
Soprano & Piano - Krassimira
Stoyanova (soprano) Maria Prinz (piano) rec.
2016 NAXOS 8.573501 [46:39]
[GF] A valuable collection of rarely heard
songs excellently sung by Krassimira Stoyanova.
RACHMANINOFF (1873-1973) Piano
Concertos Nos 2 & 3 - Khatia Buniatishvili
(piano) Czech PO/Paavo Järvi rec. 2016 SONY
88985402412 [70:19] [NB] This disc
was less challenging or remarkable than I had
- Tobias Ringborg (violin) Tra Nguyen (piano)
SO Norrlands Opera/Roland Kluttig, Andrea Quinn
rec. 2007/9 STERLING
CDS 1075/85/89-2 [76.52 & 77.46 & 79.52] [EML] I can applaud
Sterling for its intentions rather more than
for the finished product.
(1873-1916) Violin Concerto - Elena Denisova (violin) Gustav Mahler
Ens/Alexei Kornienko rec. 2003 OEHMS
CLASSICS OC1862 [47:00] [SB] Reger’s
immense violin concerto in an arrangement for
Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical
Performances; interesting but disappointing.
Adam REINCKEN (1643-1722)
- Sonja Kemnitzer (harpsichord) rec. 2015 MDG
905 1928-6 SACD [69:16] [JV] Sonja
Kemnitzer's performances are solid but
not very imaginative.
Franz REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968),
Geoffrey BUSH (1920-1998)
John IRELAND (1879-1962)
Violin Sonatas -
LYRITA SRCD.360 [68:05] [JW]
This is an interesting CD with pertinent notes written by the pianist.
Johan Helmich ROMAN (1694-1758) Flute
Sonatas - Musica ad Rhenum rec. 2014/15 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95214 [73:03 + 73:05] [JV] These performances will convince you that Roman has created a very fine set
RÖNTGEN (1855-1932) Symphonies
Nos 9 & 21, Serenade - Brandenburgisches
Staats O/David Porcelijn rec. 2005 CPO
777 120-2 [55:37] [RB] A sympathetic
and inspired guide through so much otherwise
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Armida - Carmen Romeu, Enea Scala, SO & Ch Opera Vlaanderen/Alberto Zedda rec. 2015 DYNAMIC 37763 [2 DVDs: 129:00] [RK] Downplaying the fantastic elements, or at least harnessing them rather tightly to the story, results in a rather serious opera about gender and violence.
Hans SANDIG (1914-1989)
Besuch im Zoo, Morgernstern-Zyklus -
MDR Children’s Ch/Wieland Lemke, Ulrich Kaiser rec. 2015 GENUIN CLASSICS GEN16442 [47:50]
[BMC] Lively entertaining music performed by a fine children’s choir.
SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Keyboard
Sonatas – Vol. 17: Sean Kennard
(piano) rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573708
[54:01] Eri Mantani
(piano) rec. 2016 MDG 9041987-6 SACD
Sudbin (piano) rec. 2014/15 BIS
BIS-2138 SACD [74:30] [DJB] The
two new releases don’t come close to Sudbin.
Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654)
Tabulatura Nova III
Franz Raml (organ)
MDG 614 1895-2 [82:30 + 82:24] [JV]
A very fine and important recording of music which sheds light on the use of the organ in the liturgy in 17th-century Germany.
Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Concerto Grosso Nos. 1 & 2 - Tatiana Grindenko, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Kagan (violins) Natalia Gutman (cello) Moscow Philharmonic Soloists/Yuri Bashmet; USSR Ministry of Culture SO/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky rec.1986/88 ALTO ALC1341 [61:54] [RB] Rough and enigmatic trade in excoriation balanced with healing beatitudes. A risk-free way in to this composer's uneasy art.
Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Gurre-Lieder - Dutch Ntl Opera Ch, Netherlands PO/Marc Albrecht rec. 2014 OPUS ARTE OABD7215D Blu-ray [140:00] [MS] A persuasive and expertly performed Gurre-Lieder and the only one on DVD/Blu-ray.
Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
Chamber Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, 5 Pieces for
Orchestra -Matteo Fossi, Marco Gaggini (pianos)
rec. 2016 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94957
[59:17] [DC] A surprisingly good disc for
Schoenberg fans to explore.
SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise
- Matthias Goerne (baritone) Markus Hinterhäuser
(piano) rec. 2014 C MAJOR 738008 DVD
[138 mins] [DC] Highly effective integration
of sublime performance and artistic depth.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonatas D. 664 & 960 - Javier Perianes (piano) rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902282 [62:50] [ST] This disc feels like a bit of a misfire.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)/Ferrucio BUSONI (1866-1924) Complete Transcriptions for Solo Piano - Marco Vincenzi (piano) rec. 2016 DYNAMIC CDS7712 [71:24] [CC] A most enjoyable way to spend just over an hour.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Piano Duets -
Andreas Staier & Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)
rec. 2015 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902227 [73:02] [ST]
Resistant as I might be to the
fortepiano, there is no denying the quality of the playing here.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Einsamkeit - Matthias Goerne (baritone) Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)
rec. 2015 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902243 [51:13] [ST] A remarkably successful and intimate experience.
SEROCKI (1922-1981) Piano works
- Adam Kośmieja (piano) rec. 2015 DUX
1284 [48:46] [DC] Well worth acquiring.
John SHEPPARD (c1515-1559) The Collected Vernacular Works Vol. 2 - Academia Musica Ch/Aryan O. Arji rec. 2013/14 PRIORY RECORDS PRCD1108 [77:00] [JV] Despite some reservations I commend anyone interested in English renaissance polyphony to investigate this disc.
Leone SINIGAGLIA (1868-1944) Antonio ILLERSBERG (1882-1953) Violin Concertos - Alfonso Mosesti (violin) O Sinfonica di Roma della RAI/Ferruccio Scaglia; O Filarmonica Triestina/Octavio Ziino rec. 1953/59 RHINE CLASSICS RH-003 [67:43] [SG] The value of this release lies in the rarity of these captivating scores, performed by a violinist with a close affinity to both.
Humphrey SEARLE (1915-83) Orchestral works - BBC SO/John Pritchard; Hallé O/Lawrence Leonard; O Nova of London/Lawrence Foster; City of Birmingham SO/Louis Frémaux rec. 1966/71 LYRITA REAM 1130 [72:30] [JWh] Searle is now on my radar and I must thank Lyrita for
bringing his music to life.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concertos Nos 1
& 2, Suite from Alone -
David Oistrakh (violin)
Leningrad PO/Yevgeny Mravinsky,
Moscow Philharmonic SO/Kirill Kondrashin,
USSR State SO/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
rec. 1956-70 ALTO ALC1337 [79:00] [JQ] Indispensable recordings of the Shostakovich violin concertos.
Philip SOUSA (1854-1932)
A Sousa Celebration - Royal Scottish
Ntl O/Kristjan Järvi rec. 2016 CHANDOS
CHSA5182 SACD [68.26]
[DBi] A highly recommendable pot pourri of
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Symphonia domestica, Metamorphosen - SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2014/15 SWR MUSIC SWR19021CD [68:58] [RMay] Roth's Strauss series brings forth distinctive accounts of two important works.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
The Soldier’s Tale -
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ens/Oliver Knussen
rec. 2016 LINN RECORDS CKD552 [70:00] [SB] A fine new recording of the complete Soldier’s Tale with some intriguing rarities to complete the disc.
Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) Songs - Mary Bevan (soprano) Ben Johnson (tenor) Ashley Riches (bass-baritone) David Owen Norris (piano) rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHAN10935 [80:54 + 65:43] [RW] There is much for the listener to enjoy in this recording.
Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937)
Concert Overture, Slopiewnie, Symphony No.4,
Nocturne & Tarantella - Marisol Montalvo
(soprano) Ewa Kupiec (piano) Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie
Rheinland-Pfalz/Karl-Heinz Steffens rec. 2016
CAPRICCIO C5280 [61:44] [MR]
Despite poor sound and notes, this is a disc
which all who have yet to experience the exotic
wonders of Szymanowski’s music should
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerty Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole - Agustin Hadelich (violin) London PO/Vasily Petrenko, Omer Meir Wellber rec. 2015/16 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO-0094 [67:31] [ST] Petrenko turns out to be the star here.
Virgil THOMSON (1896‒1989)
Four Saints in Three Acts,
Capital Capitals ‒ Boston Modern O Project/Gil Rose, Linda Osborn (piano)
rec. 2013/15 BMOP SOUND 1049 SACD [55:40 + 51:48] [NH] Four Saints
is a fascinating one-off worth reviving, but I’m afraid I found Capital
Capitals just plain tedious.
Boris TISHCHENKO (1939-2010)
Symphony No. 5,
Concerto for Flute & Piano -
Valentin Zverev (flute)
Alexey Nasedkin (piano)
USSR Radio & Television O/Maxim Shostakovich, USSR State O/Edward Serov
rec. 1978 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA99111 [77:48] [CC] Wonderfully interesting music.
USTVOLSKAYA (1919-2006) Piano concerto Valentin SILVESTROV
(b. 1937) Postludes, Hymn 2001 Giya KANCHELI (b. 1935) Sio
- Elisaveta Blumina (piano), Stuttgart CO/Thomas Sanderling rec. 2015
GRAND PIANO GP678 [58:03] [SB] A good introduction to all three composers; devotees of Silvestrov and Kancheli will want to snap up the two premiere recordings.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem -
London SO & Ch/Gianandrea Noseda
LSO LIVE LSO0800 SACD
Noseda’s Requiem is a real disappointment, not least for its bizarre
sonics; Sir Colin Davis’s performance, also on LSO Live, is in another league
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Un Ballo in maschera – Piotr Beczała, George Petean, Anja Harteros,
Bavarian State O/Zubin Mehta rec. 2016 C MAJOR 739504 Blu-ray [149.11] [MC] Compellingly performed with Piotr Beczała in masterly form.
Works For Solo Violin
- Reto Kuppel (violin) rec. 2014 NAXOS
8.573339 [74:10] [JWh] The music
may be patchy, but the technical demands are
mindboggling and the playing is of the highest
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Symphonies - MDR Leipzig
RSO/Jun Märkl rec. 2012/15 NAXOS 8.573413 [56:29] [RJW] An excellent recording and fine playing.
WEINBERG (1919-1996) Chamber symphonies Nos 1-4, Piano
quintet - Yulianna Avdeeva (piano) Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer
(violin) Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla rec. 2015 ECM NEW SERIES 2538/39
[79:42 + 79:33] [DC] Very good indeed.
Jan ZACH (1713-1773) Requiem solemne, Vesperae de Beata Virgine - Musica Florea Collegium Floreum/Marek Štryncl rec. 2016 SUPRAPHON SU4209-2 [57:48] [JW] Excellent performances of worthwhile sacred works by a lesser-known Bohemian composer.
Władysław ŻELEŃSKI (1837-1921) Secular Choral Works - Zespół Wokalny Simultaneo/Karol Kisiel; Art'n'Voices, Podkarpacki Chór Męsk/Grzegorz Oliwa rec. 2016 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0363 [68:32] [JW] The choral forces are on fine form and are excellently drilled and
directed in a pleasing acoustic.
for the 100 Years' War
The Binchois Ens/Andrew Kirkman rec. 2016
HYPERION CDA68170 [76.35] [GH]
A very fine release; beautifully recorded and
Madrigale Ens Voces Suaves rec. 2016 AMBRONAY AMY306 [62:24] [JV] Voces Suaves deserve much praise for their first recording.
Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty A film by H. Paul Moon ZEN VIOLENCE FILMS
DVD [130:00] [RB] A rewarding documentary moving things along yet staying still long enough to inform, surprise and please.
British Tone Poems Vol. 1 Works by Alwyn, Austin, Balfour Gardiner, Bantock, Gurney & Vaughan Williams - BBC Ntl O of Wales/Rumon Gamba rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHAN10939 [76:45] [JQ] Wholly convincing performances of unfamiliar and rewarding British tone poems.
Works by Debussy, Milhaud, Ravel & Samazeuilh rec. 1946/48 MELOCLASSIC MC4005 [79:43] [SG] I may be a first-timer to the Calvet Quartet’s playing, but I now count myself a convert.
Capet String Quartet Volumes 1-4
OPUS KURA OPK2051/2/3/6 [4 CDs: 284:51] [SG]
For admirers of historic chamber music recordings, these volumes are indispensible.
Decades - A Century of Song
Vol. 2: 1820-1830 -
John Mark Ainsley(tenor) Sarah Connolly (mezzo)
Christopher Maltman (baritone) Malcolm Martineau
(piano) rec. 2015/16 VIVAT 114
[79:36] [JQ] The second instalment in a perceptively
assembled and uncommonly interesting survey
of art songs.
Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
Piano Concerto, Begleitungsmusik
Ernst KRENEK (1900-1991)
Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Piano Concerto No. 3 -
Pina Napolitano (piano)
Liepāja SO/Atvars Lakstīgala
ODRADEK RECORDS ODRCD339 [74:06] [DC]
Good, but lacking in fire when required.
The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 3 17th Century Secular Spanish Vocal Music
Yetzabel Arias Fernández (soprano)
Ars Atlántica/Manuel Vilas
rec. 2010 NAXOS 8.573312 [74:11] [JV] Yetzabel Arias Fernández has a beautiful, warm and agile voice which perfectly suits this repertoire.
Harnoncourt - Opera Collection Ludwig
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio
Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)
Der Freischütz Robert SCHUMANN
(1810-1856) Genoveva - O &
Ch Zurich Opera House rec.
1999-2008 ARTHAUS MUSIK 108129 Blu-ray
[439 mins] [ST] All told this makes for
an economical way of collecting these three
productions, and you could have far worse unifying
figures than Harnoncourt.
Heifetz (violin) The
Legendary Los Angeles Concerts - Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) Leonard Bernstein, Zubin
Mehta, Donald Voorhees
rec. 1950-64 RHINE CLASSICS RH-004 [45:12
+ 50:08] [SG] Valuable additions to the
Heifetz discography using a high
quality remastering process.
Heimat Benjamin Appl (baritone)
James Baillieu (piano)
rec. 2016/17 SONY CLASSICAL 88985393032 [66:54] [ST] This comes as a slight disappointment after the singer’s previous recording.
Heroines of Love and Loss Ruby Hughes (soprano)
Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (cello)
Jonas Nordberg (theorbo, lute, archlute)
rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2248 SACD [71:28] [JW] It is a recital with vocal items interspersed with instrumental ones. With the expansive church acoustic, concept and execution alike prove admirable.
Organi Mathias Neumann (organ)
rec. 2014 RONDEAU ROP6132 [75:50]
[MR] A marketing exercise in which the music
would seem peripheral to the organs on which
it is played were it not for Matthias Neumann’s
clean and intelligently musical performances.
Le Dréau (organ) Works by Faure,
Delvincourt, Rabaud, Emmanuel, Roger-Ducasse &
Schmitt rec. 2016 FORGOTTEN
RECORDS FR37LD [65:55] [JW] A well
programmed disc of French repertoire.
Limelight and Limestone: A Singing Journey - Margareta Dellefors (soprano) STERLING CDA1693-2 [79:15] [GF] A very enjoyable retrospect of the art of Margareta Dellefors.
Minimalist Dream House Katia & Marielle Labèque (pianos) David Chalmin (vocals, guitars, bass & electronics) Raphaël Séguinier (drums, percussion & electronics) Nicola Tescari (keyboards, electronics) rec. 2012 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 481 4468 [61:06 + 68:09] [DC] A curate's egg of a collection.
- The 30th Anniversary Collection
NAXOS 8.503293 [30 CDs: c.
32 hrs] [RB] While duplication might be an
issue for some collectors those who are drawn
to this handsome bargain price collection need
have no fears.
New Old Albion Music around the Harp Consorts of William Lawes
- Il Caleidoscopio Ens
rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95274 [61:21] [JV] From a musical point of view this disc is an unequivocal success.
Richard Novak (bass)
Portrait rec. 1975-2003 SUPRAPHON SU4206-2 [74:02 + 78:07] [GF] These
two discs are truly valuable documents of the art of a great singer!
Jan Paderewski (piano) The American Recordings rec. 1914-1931
APR 7505 [5 CDs: 311:12] [JW]
There is a huge amount to discover and admire,
as well as occasionally to vex, in this generous
Pange lingua Music for Corpus Christi
Ch Clare College, Cambridge/Graham Ross,
Michael Papadopoulos (organ)
rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907688 [75:19] [ST]
Another success, then.
sur Terre A French
Songbook - Nicky Spence (tenor)
Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2015 CHANDOS
CHAN 10893 [64:44] [JQ] A very rewarding
programme of largely unfamiliar mélodies.
Poetic and Romantic Songs Iwa Sörenson (soprano) Lennart Hedwall (fortepiano, piano) rec. 1982/86 STERLING CDA1819-2 [74:05] [GF] This should appeal to everyone with even the slightest interest in Swedish art songs.
SO/Daníel Bjarnason rec. 2016
SONO LUMINUS DSL-92213
Quietly spectacular contemporary music from Iceland; a sensational
Max Rostal (violin) Works by Bach, Beethoven, Biber, Brahms & Mozart - Maria Bergmann, Heinz Schröter, Ilse von Alpenheim, Eugen Huber, Lothar Broddack (piano) rec. 1956/6 MELOCLASSIC MC2033 [74:11 + 79:39] [SG] Although Rostal is remembered principally as a pedagogue and rather under-rated as a violinist, these valuable recorded documents will hopefully go some way to redressing the balance.
Schütz and His Legacy Alice Foccroulle (soprano)
InAlto/Lambert Colson (cornetto, cornettino)
rec. 2015 PASSACAILLE 1023 [63:26] [CRo]
A diverse programme in enticing
French Chamber works by Saint-Saens,
Franck, Ysaye, Massenet & Ravel - Stéphanie-Marie
Degand (violin) Christie Julien (piano) rec.
2016 NOMADMUSIC NMM035 [63.24]
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) &
(1864-1955) Cello Sonatas - Louis Rodde
(cello) Gwendal Giguelay (piano) rec. 2016 NOMADMUSIC
NMM037 [61.40] [MC] These are two
engagingly performed albums of chamber music
by mainly French composers but the recorded
sound is some way from ideal.
A Wells Christmas Wells Cathedral Ch/Matthew Owens; Jonathan Vaughn (organ) rec. 2016 RESONUS RES10176 [61:54] [BMC] The Choir sings with outstanding dynamics and in superb harmony.
Wunderlich (tenor) Hits
from the 50s rec. 1953-1965
SWR MUSIC SWR19029CD [68:32 + 74:38]
[GF] Wunderlich’s beautiful voice
and winning personality is worth hearing in
whatever repertoire he chose, and this twofer
is no exception.
The Year 1917 Music in Turbulent Times rec. 1955-2014 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 6969 [80.49 + 73.53] [MW] Respectable performances, but, as a collection, a dud.
Derick Kane (euphonium)
Forte - The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army/Dr Stephen Cobb
rec. 2016 SP&S RECORDING SPS400CD [72:18] [BMC] A showpiece for Derick Kane.
The Classic FM Musical Treasury A curious
collection of new meanings for old words by Tim Lihoreau publ. 2017
Elliott & Thompson Ltd [MMB] A little gem of a book, witty and imaginative.
John IRELAND (1879-1962)
Richard Masters (piano)
[JF] Masters controls the turmoil, intensity
and tentative repose well.
John WILLIAMS (b. 1932)
Star Wars Suite & other film music -
ROVEN RECORDS RR10017 [54:36] [NB] Further prooof that
the standard of brass playing around the world
has never been higher.
Articles and Notices
National Discography updates by Mike Herman
British & Commonwealth
British & Commonwealth Concertos
British Orchestral Works
and Short Reviews: Spring 2017-2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan
Forgotten Artists: Carlo Vidusso by Chris Howell
Report April 2017 by John Quinn