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Tuesday October 31st
BECKER (1924-2007) Complete piano
works - Benjamin Kobler, Laura Alvarez (piano)
rec. 2010 CYBELE RECORDS KiG006
[3 SACDs: 183:55] [DC] Uncompromisingly
modernist marvels from a modest man.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein
deutsches Requiem - Felicity Lott (soprano)
David Wilson-Johnson (bass-baritone) Roderick
Elms (organ) London SO & Ch/Richard Hickox
rec. 1990 CHANDOS CHAN10945X
[74:25] [MW] Does not quite challenge the
classic Klemperer recording, but has much to
offer and is an admirable tribute to a fine
musician, so much missed.
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Silent
Woods, Cello concerto Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959)
Schelomo - Marc Coppey (cello) Deutsches SO
Berlin/Kirill Karabits rec. 2016 AUDITE
97.734 [68.30] [MC] Accomplished
and engaging performances, but the competition
JONES (b. 1978) Abraxas, Ephemera,
Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses, Unisono,
The Mystery which Binds me Still - Argento Chamber
Ens, Xak Bjerken (piano) Sharon Harms (soprano)
INNOVA 980 [70:33] [DC] A
very fine collection of works.
MAXWELL DAVIES (1934-2016)
The Last Island - Hebrides Ens rec. 2017
DELPHIAN DCD34178 [76:51] [MS]
An important and welcome round up of music from
Maxwell Davies last decade of smaller-scale
music played with great style and conviction.
de MACHAUT (c.1300-1377) Messe
de Nostre Dame Pierre de la RUE
(c.1460-1518) Magnificat Josquin
DESPREZ (c.1445-1521) Ave Maria
virgo serena - Vienna Vocal Consort KLANGLOGO
KL1412 [65.31] [GH] A strange programme
and the performances are problematic.
Concertos rec. 1975-2014
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95490 [12 CDs: 13
hrs] [SSi] This is a very worthwhile set,
and one to invest in, as in return it will give
hours of enjoyment, one which contains performances
which are at least very good.
Love My Love The English Singers,
Glasgow Orpheus Ch/Hugh Roberton rec. 1919-1947
ALBION RECORDS ALBCD032 [74:22]
[JQ] A fascinating collection of recordings
that take us back to a lost, much gentler era.
OF THE MONTH Lost
is my quiet:
Duets & Solo Songs by Mendelssohn,
Purcell, Quiltr & Schumann
- Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Joseph Middleton (piano) rec. 2016 BIS
SACD BIS-2279 [79:04] [DBi] The
tagline ‘Wow’ is appropriate.
Soul Ignacy ZELEWSKI (b.1990),
Mikołaj MAJKUSIAK (b.1983),
Marcin MARKOWICZ (b.1979) &
Aleksander NOWAK (b.1979) Violin
Sonatas - Agata Szymczewska (violin) Marek Bracha,
Grzegorz Skrobiński (piano) Maciej Frąckiewicz
(accordion) Łukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar)
rec. 2016 CD ACCORD ACD223-2
[71:38] [JW] The soul of the disc may be
modern but it has deep roots.
Monday October 30th
Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788)
Amandine Beyer (violin)
Edna Stern (fortepiano)
rec. 2005 ALPHA 329 [61:46] [DBi] Fine performances of splendid music but with reservations.
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) French Suites
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
rec. 2017 DECCA 483 2150 [82:52] [DC] Mediocre at best.
Ned BIGHAM (b. 1966) Archipelago Dances, Sets 1 & 2, Two Nightscapes, Staffa - Royal Scottish Ntl O/Jean-Claude Picard rec. 2016/17 ARUNA CD002 [57:01] [RHa] A fresh voice from a truly eclectic musical background. Ned Bigham conjures a sense of place, be it real or imaginary, through skilful use of a rich palette of vivid orchestral colours.
OF THE MONTH Nimrod BORENSTEIN (b. 1969) Orchestral works - Irmina Trynkos (violin) Oxford PO/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2016 CHANDOS CHSA5209 SACD [56:45] [MW] A superb introduction to wonderfully enjoyable music - treat yourself!
György LIGETI (1923-2006) Requiem, Lux aeterna
& other choral works by Debussy, Mahler & Ravel -
Kammerchor Stuttgart, Danubia O Óbuda/Frieder Bernius
rec. 1996-2006 CARUS 83.283 [56:16] [LW] An enterprising programme.
Beyond Contemporary works for percussion quartet - Los Angeles Percussion Quartet rec. 2016 SONO LUMINUS DSL-92214 BD-A/CD [85:53] [JQ] A fascinating, ear-opening experience.
Des Cordes Marines Works by Bonnal, Cras & Roussel - Ens Des Équilibres rec. 2016 ARION ARN68836 [58:58] [SG] Captivating scores delivered with enthusiasm, musicality and devotion. Full marks!
Eternamente The Verismo Album
Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
PKF–Prague Philharmonia/Emmanuel Villaume
rec. 2016/17 WARNER CLASSICS 9029578024 [59:53]
[MC] This rewarding collection of verismo opera arias is hard to ignore.
Music for Troubled Times The English Civil War & Siege of York
- Ebor Singers/Paul Gameson rec. 2015 RESONUS CLASSICS RES10194 [76:47]
[JV] I enjoyed the singing of the ensemble, but am less enthusiastic about the contributions of members of the ensemble in the solo parts.
Russian Visionaries: From Glinka to the Firebird rec. 1927/60 ARBITER 164 [78:00 + 78:18] [JW] Some real rarities in this set which will make a very direct appeal to collectors.
Friday October 27th
Johann Christian BACH (1735-1782)
Six Quartettos op. 8 -
Go Arai (oboe) Daniel Deuter (violin) Thomas Fritzsch (viola da gamba) Inka Döring (cello)
rec. 2017 COVIELLO CLASSICS COV91712 [75:23] [JV] A good argument in favour of Johann Christian Bach's chamber music.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Missa Solemnis -
Regine Hangler (soprano)
Elisabeth Kulman (alto)
Christian Elsner (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
MDR Radio Ch Leipzig, Berlin RSO/Marek Janowski
rec. 2016 PENTATONE PTC5186565 SACD [73.04] [DC] Very good, but can we find better?
Joonas KOKKONEN (1921-1996)
Lux aeterna, Iuxta crucem -
Suvi Väyrynen (soprano) Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone) Jan Lehtola (organ)
Klemetti Institute Chamber Ch/Heikki Liimola
rec. 2013/17 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0434 [55:50] [YJH] Tonality harmonized with serialism.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1831)
Florian Boesch (baritone)
Roger Vignoles (piano) rec. 2016 HYPERION CDA68197 [70:55]
[JQ] A probing and truly excellent listening experience.
Leo WEINER (1885-1960) Serenade,
Divertimentos Nos 1-5 -
Estonian Ntl SO/Neeme Järvi
rec. 2015/16 CHANDOS CHAN10959 [83:05] [RB] Revel in Järvi's advocacy ... energy undimmed, folksy music that is not long-winded or ponderous.
DALVIMARE (1772-1839) Sonatas -
Paola Perrucci (harp) rec. 2017 DYNAMIC
CDS7791 [58:44] [MW] Indispensable
and stunningly beautiful for anyone who loves
MARTIN (1890-1974) Die Weise
von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
- Okka von der Damerau (contralto) Philharmonia
Zurich/Fabio Luisi rec. 2016 PHILHARMONIA
RECORDS PHR0108 [59.38] [RP] Take
an hour and listen to this excellent performance
of an extraordinary work.
SCHARWENKA (1847-1917) Aria, Violin
Sonata, Suite for Violin & Piano - Oriana
Masternak (violin) Sławomir Cierpik (piano)
rec. 2016 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0395
[60:18] [JW] The performances are creditably
UDDÉN (1903-1987) String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, String Trio
- Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo-soprano) Upsala
Chamber Soloists rec. 2017 DAPHNE 1060
[64:24] [RB] A connoisseur's composer
constantly questing for subtlety, Sober and
testing rather than blindingly colourful.
of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2016
rec. 2016 DANACORD DACOCD789 [78:31]
[BSt] Nothing here really made me catch
my breath, but this is still a rewarding disc.
Thursday October 26th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin -
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) rec. 2016 ONDINE ODE1299-2D [62:30 + 68:20]
[DC] In the highest echelon for this repertoire.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 3, Overtures PRISTINE AUDIO PASC505
[66:20] Symphonies Nos 5 & 6 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC508
[73:46] Symphony No. 9 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC293 [66:02] SWDR O,
Vienna SO &
Pro Musica SO/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1953-58 [RWM] Classically conceived Beethoven performances – a mixed feast with at least one outstanding recording.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) & Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Arrangements for chamber orchestra - Taschenphilharmonie/Peter Stangel rec.2013/14 SOLO MUSICA ETP008 [58:33] [MC] A fascinating take on an expanded quintet and a greatly pared-down symphony.
Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Symphonies 2 & 11 - BBC Welsh SO/Bryden Thomson rec. 1990 LYRITA SRCD.364 [62:08] [JQ] Two more symphonies by Daniel Jones appear on CD for the first time in committed performances.
(1892–1963) Symphonies Nos 8 & 9 - Pécs SO/Nicolás Pasquet rec.
1996 NAXOS 8.573648 [64:57] [BSt] If you feel like taking the plunge – and bearing in mind the lack of competition – this release can be given the usual qualified welcome.
Adolf Fredrik LINDBLAD (1801-1878) Selected Piano Pieces - Oscar Ekberg (piano) rec. 2016 DAPHNE 1059 [63:48] [RB] Fluency of invention … mildly melancholy, chimingly nonchalant, murmurously plangent, thoughtfully musing, ripplingly idyllic.
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Vespro della Beata Vergine - Cantar Lontano/Marco Mencoboni rec. 2009 PAN CLASSICS PC10371 [2 SACDs: 89:07] [JV] This recording is not my first choice, but it has something to offer which
is at least interesting and thought-provoking.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Horn Concerto No. 3, Horn
Quintet, Divertimento No. 15 -
Han Xiaoming (horn) Saarbrücken
RSO/Joseph Swensen rec. 1993-99 OEHMS CLASSICS OC1805 [71:49]
[MR] Recordings which are thoroughly imbued with the sheer pleasure of making music and unencumbered by notions of stylistic authority.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Complete Preludes - Moura Lympany (piano)
rec. 1941/42 DECCA ELOQUENCE 482 6266 [76:42] [PRB] A fitting testament to Moura Lympany’s epic achievement.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1958)
Piano works -
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
rec. 2016 SONY CLASSICAL 88985408502 [65:24] [RB] Moist-eyed sentimentality and charm … nothing wrong with that but this is modest stuff treated to elite playing.
Wednesday October 25th
- Magdalena Polkowska, Tadeusz Szlenkier, O
Ch & Ballet Opera Nova Bydgoszcz/Maciej
Figas rec. 2015 DUX DVD 8178
[2:13:30] [RK] I would not make this Bydgoszcz
production my first choice, but it gives much
Peter Racine FRICKER (1920-1990) Symphonies 1-4, Rondo Scherzoso, Comedy Overture - BBC Northern SO/Bryden Thomson, Albert Rosen, Edward Downes, Maurice Handford LYRITA REAM.2136 [77:51 + 73:34] [NB] This release should be snapped up by all admirers of British symphonic music in the 20th century.
GLASS (b. 1937) Partitas Nos 1
& 2 for Solo Cello - Matt Haimovitz (cello)
rec. 2016 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0117
[68:41] [DC] A worthwhile première in unusual
Tommie HAGLUND (b. 1959) Flaminis Aura, Il regno degli spiriti, Sollievo (Dopo la tempesta), Serenata per Diotima - Ernst Simon Glaser (cello) ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen Trio, Julia Kretz-Larsson (violin II) Gothenburg Symphony/David Afkham; Malmö SO/Joachim Gustafsson rec. 2012/15 BIS BIS-2025 SACD [83:46] [RHa] An original and compelling Nordic voice.
Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) Piano Concertos 4 & 5, A Pastorale in Three Scenes, Exotic March - Janne Mertanen (piano) Pori Sinfonietta/Jan Söderblom rec. 2016 ALBA ABCD400 SACD [63:21] [RB] Two decorative feel-good concertos - not deep but brightly coloured and entertaining.
VIVALDI (1678-1741) The
4 Seasons Wolfgang Amadeus
MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto
No. 5 - Südwestdeutsches CO Pforzheim/Henryk
Szeryng (violin) rec. 1969 SWR MUSIC
SWR19041CD [68:49] [JW] Szeryng's
Mozart is always worth hearing, especially in
this fine restoration.
Duo Virtuoso II Works by Honegger, Ravel & Schulhoff - Elaris Duo rec. 2016 MSR CLASSICS MS1526 [49:52] [SSi] This disc offers three “remarkable jewels”, works completed within ten years of each other and all of which contain music of intensity and interest.
Norge, Mitt Norge - Christiania Mannskor; Royal Norwegian Air Force Band/Leif Arne Pedersen
rec. 2015 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1121
There are good things here, just not enough of them; splendid singing,
Air Force - 100th Anniversary
Royal Air Force Bands rec. 2005-17 CHANDOS
CHAN10973(2) [56:16 + 64:50] [RB] Crackingly
performed and recorded. Mostly serious but with
occasional flecks of pop nostalgia.
Rhythm Of Life Ulmer Spatzen
Ch/Hans de Gilde rec. 2016 CARUS
83.484 [54:43] [BMC] An interesting
and varied collection.