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November 2018


Hans GÁL (1890-1987) Piano Trio, Variationen Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Trio No. 2 - Briggs Piano Trio rec. 2018 AVIE AV2390 [63.05] [RBe] Gál’s highly inventive and lyrical Piano Trio comes with an inspirational performance of the Shostakovich.

Alfred JANSON (b 1937) The Wind Blows - Oslo Sinfonietta, Norwegian Soloists Ch/Grete Pedersen rec. 2014-17 BIS BIS2341 SACD [66:28] [RHa] Alfred Janson’s luminous choral sound world cannot fail to provoke and delight.

Viktor KALABIS (1923-2006) Sonatas for Cello, Clarinet & Violin - Tomáš Jamník (cello) Anna Paulová (clarinet) Jan Fišer (violin) Ivo Kahánek (piano) rec. 2016-17 SUPRAPHON SU4210-2 [65:51] [JW] An indispensable acquisition for admirers of the composer’s music.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.9 - Swedish RSO/Daniel Harding rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902258 [82:20] [ST] The finest Mahler 9 we’ve had in years.

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffmann - Vittorio Grigòlo (tenor) Sofia Fomina (soprano) Ch & O Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Evelino Pidò rec. 2016 SONY 88985376619 [2 DVDs: 197 mins] [RJF] This opulent production gets an excellent cast and performance to see it into retirement.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Das Rheingold - George London (bass-baritone), Irene Dalis (mezzo), Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Erich Leinsdorf rec. 1961 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO152 [70:42 + 77:07] [RMo] What an experience it must have been to be in the audience that evening!

The Darkest Midnight Songs of Winter and Christmas - Papagena rec. 2018 SOMM CÉLESTE SOMMCD0189 [64:28] [JQ] The bewitching sound of Papagena will cheer your spirits in the depth of winter.

Venezia Millenaria (Venice 700-1797) Le Concert des Nations, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Ens Panagiotis Neochoritis/Jordi Savall rec. 2016 ALIA VOX AVSA9925 SACD [77:00 + 79:00] [ST] Yet another astounding achievement, worthy of every accolade.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Harpsichord Concertos Vol. 1 - La Risonanza/Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord) rec. 2017 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72773 SACD [63:07] [BW]  There’s no better single CD of these four keyboard concertos. The rest now, please.

Domenico BARTOLUCCI (1917-2013) Chamber works - Marco Venturi (piano) Luca Venturi, Giacomo Scarponi (violin) Ivo Scarponi (cello) Angelo Cicillini (viola) rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95451 [72:55] [RB] Backward-looking, but the romance and delicate inspirations of the mainstream past were sufficient for Bartolucci.

Antonio BAZZINI (1818-1897) String Quartets Nos 1 & 3 - Bazzini Qt rec. 2016 TACTUS TC810202 [68:19] [SSi] An enjoyable performance of two unknown quartets by this neglected Italian composer with the third being a real find.

Jeff BEAL (b. 1962) House of Cards Symphony, Six Sixteen, Canticle, Flute Concerto - Sharon Bezaly (flute) Jason Vieaux (guitar) Norrköpping SO/Jeff Beal rec. 2017 BIS BIS2299 SACD [83:20 + 49:03] [MW] The ‘Symphony’ outstays its welcome, but there is much to enjoy and admire in the other works.

David BEDFORD (1937-2011) Alleluia Timpanis, Symphony No. 1, Recorder Concerto, 12 Hours of Sunset - Piers Adams (recorders) BBC SO/Jac van Steen, Martyn Brabbins rec. 1997 NMC RECORDINGS D049 [79:12] [RB] A welcoming and non-intimidating experience and one that monopolises the attention.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Piano Sonatas - Stewart Goodyear (piano) rec. 2010-12 MARQUIS MAR513 [10 CDs: 593:30] [SG] A welcome reissue of Goodyear's traversal, which happily joins the pantheon of the most distinguished Beethoven cycles.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Piano works - Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68237 [76:18] [RHa] Another invigorating recital from Kolesnikov in sumptuous sound, presenting a ‘Moonlight’ revelatory in its understatement.

Arthur BENJAMIN (1893–1960) & Edgar BAINTON (1880–1956) Songs - Susan Bickley (mezzo) Christopher Gillett (tenor) Wendy Hiscocks (piano) rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.571377 [80:16] [RB] Many gems here - Bainton and Benjamin need to be taken into the equation when assessing the legacy of British song.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Requiem; La Mort d'Orphée - Kenneth Tarver (tenor); Seattle Symphony Chorale, Pro Musica & SO/Ludovic Morlot rec. 2017 SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA SSM1020 [88:28] [DM]  Intermittently exciting performances that fall far short of the best; good rather than exceptional sound.

Oskar Gottlieb BLARR (b. 1934) Jesus-Passion - Jugendkantorei ev. Singakademie/Bach O Wiesbaden/Jörg Endebrock rec. 2018 CYBELE RECORDS CYBELE 3SACDKiG010 [3 SACDs: 247:43] [DC] Dramatic and approachable – superb recording and performance.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 1, Tragic & Academic Festival Overtures - Clifford Curzon (piano) Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Eduard van Beinum rec. 1952/53 ELOQUENCE 482 5830 [71:08] [WH] Self-recommending performances that every Brahms collector will want to acquire.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) & César FRANCK (1822-1890) Piano Quintets - Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Borodin Qt, Bolshoi Theatre Qt rec. 1958/66 ALTO ALC1361 [79:16] [RB] Two burly late romantic quintets, in nicely cleaned up classic recordings with playing that is red in tooth and claw.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Preludes to Chopin - Kenneth Hamilton (piano) rec. 2017 PRIMA FACIE PFCD084 [73:31] [JF] Kenneth Hamilton’s selection is well-judged and beautifully played.

Jean CRAS (1879-1932) Piano Quintet, String Quartet - Quatuor Sine Qua Non, Jean-Pierre Ferey (piano) rec. 2018 SKARBO DSK4181 [73:39] [SG] A voyage of discovery from a sea-faring master.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer, Jeux Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) La Péri, L'Apprenti Sorcier - O de la Suisse Romande, Paris Conservatoire O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1954/58 ELOQUENCE 482 4975 [67:53] [RB] You can do better, but these are good old recordings of well-tempered interpretations.

Stephen DODGSON (1924-2013) Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar - Karolos rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573857 [81:57] [MW] Performances which do full justice to Dodgson’s remarkable ear for colour and variety.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) La Favorite – Celso Albelo (tenor), Veronica Simeoni (mezzo) Ch & O Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Fabio Luisi rec. 2018 DYNAMIC Blu-ray 57822 [155 mins] [RJF] This traditional, rather dark production is not as well cast as the recent one from Munich , but despite the limitations of lighting and cast it is to be preferred.

Antonín DVOŘÁK 1841-1904) Piano Trios Nos 3 & 4 - Lars Vogt (piano) Christian Tetzlaff (violin) Tanja Tetzlaff (cello) rec. 2018 ONDINE ODE1316-2 [72:56] [DJB] Exceptional and very intense performances; the Dumky is the best I’ve heard.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Wand of Youth, Nursery Suites - Hallé O/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2015/17 HALLÉ CDHLL7548 [71:18] [RMo] None of this is “great” music but committed Elgarians will relish the delicacy and sensibility of Elder’s performance.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857–1934) The Music Makers; The Spirit of England - Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo); Andrew Staples (tenor); BBC SO & Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHSA5215 SACD [61:56] Lest we forget Timothy Ravalde (organ); Chichester Cathedral Ch/Charles Harrison rec. 2018 SIGNUM SIGCD562 [64:53] [BW]  Two very worthwhile contributions to the centenary of the end of World War I.

Christopher FOX (b. 1955) Topophony - Alex Dörner (trumpet) Paul Lovens (drums) John Butcher (saxophone) Thomas Lehn (synthesiser) WDR SO/Ilan Volkov rec 2016/17 HAT[NOW]ART 211 [68:55] [RHa] A former orchestral sceptic turns in a visionary score combining free improvisation and fixed composition. Riveting and unsettling.

César FRANCK (1822-1890) The Organ Works - Ben van Oosten (organ) rec. 2017 MDG 3162080-2 [4 CDs: 292:06] [SSi] This is an excellent set, one of the finest produced, played and annotated sets of organ music I have heard in a long time.

Kenneth FUCHS (b. 1956) Piano Concerto, Poems of Life, Glacier, Rush - Jeffrey Biegel (piano) London SO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2017 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559824 [76:31] [RB] A deeply rewarding entry point for those who would like a gentle entrée to modern Americana.

Niels Wilhelm GADE (1817-1890) Chamber Works Vol. 4 - Ens MidtVest rec. 2015/17 CPO 555 198-2 [54:09] [SSi] The Ensemble MidtVest’s ongoing survey of his chamber music goes from strength to strength.

Sir Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) The Apocalypse - Sydney Philharmonia Ch, Sydney SO/Myer Fredman rec. 1982 LYRITA SRCD371 [78:29] [PCG] Those interested in British choral music of the twentieth century will certainly wish to investigate a work which is likely to be totally unknown to them.

Richard HARVEY (b.1953) Scénarios - John Lenehan (piano) ALTUS RECORDS ALU0013 [61:52] [RB] Plumbs deep pools and varied seas.

Michael HAYDN (1737-1806) Die Wahrheit der Natur - Salzburger Hofmusik/Wolfgang Brunner rec. 2015 CPO 555032-2 [79:58] [SSi] A valuable addition to the catalogue of the music of the less well-known Haydn, and of interest to the devotees of the theatrical music of the late eighteenth century.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Planets Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1 - Royal PO/Mike Batt rec. 1993 GUILD GMCD7814 [59:14] [MG] A good Planets with plenty of fine features, but in the final analysis without as much character and variety as Vernon Handley’s contemporary account.

JOSQUIN Des Prez (c.1445-1521) Miserere mei Deus. Funeral Motets & Deplorations - Capella Amsterdam/Daniel Reuss rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902620 [66:10] [GH] A keeper.

Alfreds KALNIŅŠ (1879-1951) Moments Musicaux - Toms Ostrovskis (piano) rec. 2018 SKANI LMIC069 [53:08] [SG] Those admirers of piano music on the lookout for something new will find plenty to gratify here. 

Dennis KAM (b.1942) Several Times - Mia Vassilev, Amy Tarantino-Trafton (piano) Pedroia Qt, Sirius Qt rec. 2016/17 NAVONA RECORDS NV6179 [47:01] [JW] If you are on Kam’s wavelength you will enjoy this.

Jeffrey KAUFMAN (b. 1945?) Instrumental music - Quintet a Pois, Houston Brass Quintet, ARCO Strings/Levon Ambartsumian rec. 1983-2017 PHOENIX PHCD186 [72:47] Vocal music - Long Island Chamber Ens, Gregg Smith Singers rec. 1983-2017 PHOENIX PHCD187 [70:29] [RB] The chance to chart the composer's progress - melodic and far from bland - from the 1970s to the present day.

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Cello Concerto, Much Ado About Nothing, Straussiana, Das Wunder der Heliane, Die Tote Stadt - Zuill Bailey (cello) Linz Bruckner O/Caspar Richter rec. 1999-2003 ALTO ALC1390 [67:05] [RB] A fulsomely orchestrated Korngold balancing-act between light-endowed brilliance and gloomy passionate depths.

Édouard LALO (1823–1892) Symphonie espagnole Juan MANÉN (1883–1971) Concierto español - Tianwa Yang (violin) Barcelona SO/Catalonia Ntl O/Darrell Ang rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573067 [62:55] [RB] Dark and moody Manén and the play of light and shadow in Lalo.

Frank Ezra LEVY (1930-2017) Piano Concerto No. 6, Divertimenti, Dialogue, Viola Concerto No. 2 - Timon Altwegg (piano), Hana Gubenko (viola), Andreas Ramseier (clarinet), Toulouse CO/Gilles Colliard rec. 2016 GUILD GMCD7809 [73:38] [RB] A well-executed and sturdy selection of works by a little noticed American traditionalist.

Paul LEWIS (b. 1943) Harpscape - Gabriella Dall’Olio (harp) rec. 2014/17 EM RECORDS EMRCD048 [54:27] [RB] Luscious music and light on the palate.

Lowell LIEBERMANN (b. 1961) Piano Music Vol. 3 - David Korevaar (piano) rec. 2017 MSR CLASSICS MS1688 [68:28] [RC] For those wanting to explore good contemporary piano music, here’s a fine prospect.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) New Discoveries Vol. 4 - Leslie Howard (piano) rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68247 [74:35] [RW] It is wonderful that Liszt was so productive that we can still hear ‘new pieces’ by him more than 130 years after he died.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Orchestral Works - SWR Sinfonieorchester/Sylvain Cambreling rec. 1999-2008 SWR MUSIC SWR19421CD [8 CDs: 542:14] [DM]  With the exception of one or two discs, Cambreling’s set ranges from excellent to outstanding; a must for curious newcomers and Messiaen devotees alike.

Thea MUSGRAVE (b.1928) Phoenix Rising, Loch Ness, Poets in Love - BBC Ntl O Wales/William Boughton rec. 2018 LYRITA SRCD372 [62:49] [JF] A great addition to the relatively sparse number of CDs devoted to Musgrave’s music.

Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) English Lyrics Vol. 3 - Sarah Fox (soprano) Roderick Williams (baritone) Andrew West (piano) rec. 2016/17 SOMM CÉLESTE SOMMCD272 [58:46] [JQ] A fine conclusion to the complete survey of Parry’s English Lyrics.

Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Darf ich, Fratres, Passacaglia, Tabula rasa, Spiegel im Spiegel - Viktoria Mullova (violin); Florian Donderer (violin); Liam Dunachie (piano) Estonian Ntl SO/Paavo Järvi rec. 2017 ONYX 4201 [59:02] [SB] Idiomatic performances but rather short measure.

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 3 , Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Piano Sonata No. 2 - Michael Korstick (piano) Janáček PO/Dmitry Liss rec. 2005-18 OEHMS CLASSICS OC1896 [76:50] [PRB] Somewhat flawed.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 3, Symphonic Dances - Philharmonia O/Vladimir Ashkenazy rec. 2016 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD540 [77:34] [RWe] It is something of a privilege to hear this great veteran still having so much to say about music so close to him.

Antoine REICHA (1770-1836) Rediscovered Vol. 2 - Ivan Ilić (piano) rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN20033 [62:35] [DC] Fascinating continuation on a worthwhile voyage of discovery.

Hugo REINHOLD (1854-1935) Traumbilder, Three Pieces, Violin Sonata - Aleksandra Milcarz (piano), Tomasz Bolsewicz (violin) rec. 2014 DUX RECORDS 1291 [57:51] [RB] Gripped by a fervid romantic sensibility and without a trace of expressionism or impressionism.

Jeremy Dale ROBERTS (1934–2017) Chamber & Instrumental Music - Peter Sheppard Skærved (violin) Roderick Chadwick (piano) Bridget MacRae (cello) Kreutzer Qt rec. 2014/17 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0487 [78:24] [RB] Important, but aside from dynamic extremes and swirling whispered fantasy, it's music that does not beckon me back.

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Historia der Auferstehung Johann Hermann SCHEIN (1586-1630) Israelis Brünnlein - La Tempête/Simon-Pierre Bestion rec. 2017 ALPHA 394 [77:18] [BW] Too many reservations: look elsewhere for both works.

Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841-1914) Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 - Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen/Ola Rudner rec. 2015/17 CPO 555 195-2 [79:47] [JW] Enough differences with the Naxos version to make this worthy of your attention.

Percy SHERWOOD (1866-1939) Concerto for Violin & Cello Frederic Hymen COWEN (1852-1935) Symphony No. 5 - Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin); Joseph Spooner (cello) BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2016 EM RECORDS EMRCD047 [77.49] [MW] Interesting and enjoyable works, if not truly great, performed with commitment and insight.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 11 - London SO/Mstislav Rostropovich rec. 2002 ALTO ALC1366 [72:32] [RB] Weighty matters are afoot but at times this lumbers rather than towers; suffocates rather than dominates.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies Nos 5 & 7 Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Peer Gynt – Suites - Dresden PO, Concertgebouw O, Hilversum Radio PO/Paul van Kempen rec. 1939-50 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC514 [72:43] [RB] A distinctive even eccentric take on these often-heard works.

Richard STÖHR (1874-1967) Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2 - Ulrike-Anima Mathé (violin) Scott Faigen (piano) rec. 2017 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0461 [56:34] [JW] Fully committed performances of avowedly lyric chamber music, though the sound qualiy is a little offputting.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto, Meditation Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto - David Oistrakh (violin), Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1961/2 ALTO ALC1354 [75:06] [RB] A classic coupling ... Oistrakh is stupendous, liberally dispensing voluptuous tone.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Christmas Cantatas II - Collegium vocale Siegen, Hannoversche Hofkapelle/Ulrich Stötzel rec. 2017 CPO 5551662 [54:12] [JV] A fine addition to the catalogue of music for the Christmas period.

Toivo TULEV (b. 1958) Magnificat - Latvian Radio Ch, Tallinn CO/Kaspars Putniņš rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573735 [61:18] [WH] A compelling selection of works from a composer many collectors are unlikely to know.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I Due Foscari - Plácido Domingo (baritone) Francesco Meli (tenor) Anna Pirozzi (soprano) Ch & O La Scala Milan/Michele Mariotti rec. 2016 C MAJOR 742104 Blu-ray [137 mins] [MC] This compelling staging makes a strong case for this relatively neglected Verdi opera.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Hans Hotter, Ch & O Bayerischen Staatsoper/Eugen Jochum rec. 1949 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO145 [4 CDs: 256:45] [ST] Something of a curiosity, but if you care about Hotter's Sachs then it's indispensable.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Ring des Nibelungen - Salzburger Marionettentheater rec. 2013 BELVEDERE BVE10138 DVD [118 mins] [PCG] A most awkward experiment.

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone) September Songs - Lucy Crowe (soprano) Stephen Higgins (piano) rec. 2018 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD144 [53:46] [GF] Give this a listen - you will not regret it.

Artur Bodansky (conductor) Overtures & Preludes - Berlin State Opera O rec. 1927-29 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC537 [75:51] [RMo] On this evidence, Bodansky was very much more than a Wagner specialist.

Calling the Muse Old & New Pieces for Theorbo - Bruno Helstroffer (theorbo) rec. 2017 ALPHA 391 [53:11] [GPu] Those with reasonably open minds and ears should approach this with a sense of pleasant expectation.

The Duarte Circle Korneel Bernolet (virginal) Transports Publics/Thomas Baeté rec. 2017 MUSICA FICTA MF8028 [68:02] [JV] Thanks to Thomas Baeté and his ensemble, Leonora Duarte is now more than just a name.

EntArteOpera Festival Concertos by Hartmann, Kaprálová, Martinů & Smyth - Thomas Albertus Irnberger (violin) rec. 2014-16 GRAMOLA 99098 SACD [41:02+48:19] [JW] I commend this twofer for its ambition and dedication.

Tillmann Höfs (horn) Air - Akiko Nikami (piano) rec. 2018 GENUIN GEN18615 [59:04] [LW] Höfs shows tremendous promise in his disc debut.

Louis Kaufmann (violin) Violin sonatas by Bennett, Delius, Guarneri & Porter - Theodore Saidenberg, Artur Balsam (piano) rec. 1947-49 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1284 [64:43] [SG] Some off-the-beaten track repertoire, deliciously played.

Frank Merrick (piano) A Recorded Legacy rec. 1961-70s NIMBUS NI8820-25 [6 CDs: 419:02] [JF] A fitting tribute to the memory of one of the most remarkable pianists from the United Kingdom.

Prisma Moravian PO/Petr Vronský; Prague RSO/Robert Ian Winstin; Chicago Arts O/Javier Mendoza rec. 2009/17 NAVONA RECORDS NV6141 [51:17] [RB] Freshly imagined traditional melodic tonal voices away from the common repertoire rut.

Anita Rachvelishvili (mezzo) Arias - Sinfonica Ntl RAI/Giacomo Sagripanti Barbara Massaro (soprano) rec. 2017 SONY CLASSICAL 19075808752 [53:57] [MC] These compelling performances demonstrate why she is in such demand on the opera stage.

Resilience Works by Prokofiev, Janáček, Golijov & Mendelssohn - Calidore String Qt rec. 2017 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD551 [80:50] [WH] The Calidore Quartet explore a unified theme in superbly played and recorded performances.

Russian Trumpet Sonatas Iskander Akhmadullin (trumpet); Natalia Bolshakova (piano) rec. 2016 MSR CLASSICS MS1697 [73:53] [RWe] If you like to amaze your friends, there are plenty of jaw-dropping moments of virtuoso musicianship here.

Henryk Szeryng (violin) In Recital: Violin Encores - Charles Reiner (piano) rec. 1959-62 BIDDULPH LAW022 [69:18] [JW] Performances that provide perfect examples of his technique and powers of projection.

Other Reviews

Apollo & Dionysus Sounds from Classical Antiquity rec. 2015-17 DELPHIAN DCD34188 [56:04] [RB] Lovingly couched and variegated, this is bound to inform, illuminate and even prompt discussion.

Articles and Notices

Stanfordian Thoughts: 7. Not-Quite-Concertos by Christopher Howell

National discography updates: Finnish & Baltic Symphonies ~ Scandinavian Concertos ~ Scandinavian Symphonies

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