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Wednesday July 18th
Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969)
Piano Quintets 1 & 2; Quartets - Silesian Qt,
Wojciech Świtała (piano),
Polish Cello Qt rec. 2010/17 CHANDOS CHAN10976 [63:30] [SG] Well-recorded, gripping and exhilarating.
Giovanni CROCE (c1557 - 1609)
Motetti & Sacrae Cantiones - Voces Suaves, Concerto Scirocco/Francesco Saverio Pedrini (organ)
rec. 2015/17 ARCANA A439 [52:24] [JV]
There is every reason to be thankful for this disc, which gives us a fairly good impression of Croce’s style.
Roberto ESPOSITO (b. 1984) Piano Concerto No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 1 -
Roberto Esposito (piano),
Michele D’Elia (electronics),
Budapest Scoring SO/Eliseo Castrignano rec. 2017 GRAND PIANO GP781 [56:34]
[PRB] Difficult to decide whether this is fully satisfying, but worth the effort to find out.
RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Piano Concerto
Bernhardt SCHOLZ (1835-1916)
Piano Concerto, Capriccio - Simon Callaghan
(piano) BBC Scottish SO/Bern Gernon rec. 2017
[71:16] [EJW] None of the music here is
particularly memorable, but no criticism can
be levelled at the performers.
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
No.6 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Concerto No.4 - Takahiro Sonoda (piano)
NHK SO Tokyo/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1954 KING
INTERNATIONAL KKC2152 [2 CDs: 82:43]
[MB] The Beethoven is the main interest here.
Music for New Oboe Vol. 2 Christopher Redgate (oboe) Stephen Robbings
(piano) Coull Qt, Paul Archbold (electronics)
rec. 2012-17 METIER MSV28531
[80:31] [JF] This may not feature my preferred
oboe sound-world, nevertheless there are many
captivating and interesting moments.
Tuesday July 17th
Sebastien BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg
Variations - Quatuor
Ardeo rec. 2017 IBS CLASSICAL
IBS112018 [79:08] [SSi] Not
just for the curious, but one that all Bach
and string quartet fans should enjoy.
CRAVEN Entangled States
- Mary Dullea (piano) rec. 2017 MÉTIER
MSV28571 [56:41 + 56:14] [JF]
This is an impressive and often quite beautiful
production, but don’t allow the musical
philosophy of the piece to detract from your
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphony No. 2 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Symphonic Dance,
Elegiac Melodies -
Gürzenich-O Köln/Dmitrij Kitajenko rec. 2015/17 OEHMS CLASSICS OC457 [63:27] [NB] Fifty minutes of lumberingly dull Sibelius; I am not sure quite when a performance has disappointed me more.
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924)
Concert Overture, Violin & piano concertos - Leon McCawley (piano) Sergey Levitin (violin) Royal Northern Sinf/Martin Yates rec. 2017 DUTTON VOCALION CDLX7350 [70:06] [JW] Nothing subversive in the music – but engaging and direct pleasures.
Leonard Bernstein (conductor) The 1940s Vol
2: His Debut - Joseph Schuster (cello)
William Lincer (viola) PSO New York rec. 1943 PRISTINE AUDIO
PASC533 [74:26] [JQ] A
genuine moment of musical history.
Dans les temps de révolutions Nicolas Bucher (organ) rec. 2017 HORTUS 149 [68:24]
[JV] Noëls from this period in French music history are seldom recorded, and therefore this disc fills a gap in the discography.
Monday July 16th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
The Mono Tapes -
Friedrich Gulda (clavichord) rec. 1978/79 BERLIN CLASSICS 0301063BC [60:17]
My own feelings are that this release, while having much to savour, will be restricted mainly to the niche market, appealing especially to aficionados and Gulda completists.
Thea MUSGRAVE (b. 1928)
Mary Queen of Scots - Ashley Putnam (soprano) Virginia Opera Ch & O/Peter Mark
[53:28 + 79:11] [PCG]
We could do with a modern revival and recording; in the meantime this reissue will have to do.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Symphony No. 9 - Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons
rec. 2018 BR KLASSIK 900169 [60.22] [MC] This is great music-making of unshakable conviction.
Margarete SCHWEIKERT (1887-1957)
Im bitteren Menschenland - Bernhard Berchtold (tenor),
Jeannette La-Deur (piano) rec. 2013
A renaissance for Schweikert’s music is well-deserved.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphonies Nos 4 & 11 - Boston SO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2017/18 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 483 5220
[2 CDs: 127:04]
Performances of great strength and stature, peerlessly played and
recorded; the pinnacle of Nelsons’ cycle thus far.
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Tristan und Isolde - Robert Dean Smith,
Bayreuth Festival Ch & O/Peter Schneider rec. 2009
OPUS ARTE OACD9033D
[4 CDs: 245:06] [SSi]
A very fine performance of Wagner’s masterpiece, with strong characterisation and very good singing.
Friday July 13th
Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) Orchestral Works
SWR Stuttgart RSO & Vocal Ens/Heinz Holliger
rec. 2000-10 SWR MUSIC SWR19046 CD [7 CDs: 470:22] [MC]
Beautifully performed and well recorded, this set is recommended without any hesitation.
OF THE MONTH Henryk GÓRECKI (1933-2010)
String Quartet No. 3 - Dafô String Qt rec. 2016
DUX 1302 [48:37] [SSi] A
wonderful recording that any self-respecting
enthusiast of string quartets and the composer’s
music should have.
John McLEOD (b. 1934)
Out of the Silence,
Percussion Concerto, Shostakovich Connection,
Hebridean Dances -
Evelyn Glennie (percussion)
Royal Scottish Ntl O/John McLeod, Holly Mathieson
rec. 2017 DELPHIAN DCD34196 [66:04] [JF] An excellent place to begin to acquaint yourself with McLeod’s music.
Russian Easter Overture - Philadelphia O/Leopold
Stokowski rec. 1927-39 PRISTINE AUDIO
PASC529 [71:55] [JW] All Stokowskians
should welcome the chance to compare and contrast
between the two shellac versions of Scheherazade.
VERDI (1813-1901) Aida
- Birgit Nilsson (soprano) Franco Corelli (tenor)
Ch & O Teatro dell'Opera Roma/Zubin
Mehta rec. 1966-67 WARNER CLASSICS
7777632295 [78:32 + 62:10]
[RMo] One of Mehta’s finest efforts;
opinions may be divided over the lead roles.
Pascal ZAVARO (b. 1959)
Into the Wild, La Bataille de San Romano, Pastorale,
La Machine de Trurl – Monte Carlo PO/Julien Masmondet rec. 2017 CLAVES 50-1813 [72:00]
[RHa] Entertaining and memorable, splendidly played and recorded.
Thursday July 12th
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 1
- Munich PO/Valery Gergiev
rec. 2017 MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER 9305211250 [50.48]
[MC] A recording which unquestionably bodes well for this ongoing Bruckner cycle.
Ignaz BRÜLL (1846-1907)
Symphony, Violin Concerto, Serenades Nos 1 & 2, Macbeth
Ilya Hoffmann (violin)
Malta PO/Michael Laus,
Belarusian State SO/Marius Stravinsky rec. 2007/11 CAMEO CLASSICS CC9103 [58.18 + 67.11]
[MW] Melodic, charming and generous music from a composer who deserves greater renown.
Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983)
Orchestral Works Vol. 3 - Xiayin Wang (piano) BBC PO/Juanjo Mena rec.
2016-2017 CHANDOS CHAN10949 [66:08] [NB] Fine performances, vividly recorded.
Philip GLASS (b. 1937)
Complete Études for Solo Piano - Sally Whitwell (piano) rec. 2017
[2 CDs: 147:56] [SSi]
This is a wonderful recording and a must for all fans of Philip Glass’ piano music.
An-lun HUANG (b. 1949)
Piano Trios - Bin Huang (violin), Alexander Suleiman (cello), Yubo Zhou (piano)
MDG 903 2065-6 SACD
A curious but attractive mix of mid-20th century styles.
Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959)
Early Orchestral Works Vol. 3 -
Sinfonia Varsovia/Ian Hobson rec. 2014/17 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0414 [76:12]
This latest release in the series has strong claims to being the most important yet.
Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900)
The Sorcerer, Utopia Limited - New SO, O Royal Opera House/Isidore Godfrey
ELOQUENCE 482 5363
[48:29 + 52:34] [RJW]
The Utopia filler gives this an advantage over previous issues.
Renée Anne Louprette (organ)
Une Voix Française rec. 2016
This is a great introduction to some lesser-known French organ works.