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Wednesday October 31st
BARKHUDARIAN (1887–1973) Music
for Piano - Mikael Ayrapetyan (piano)
rec. 2017 GRAND PIANO RECORDS GP775
[73:51] [RB] Another accessibly welcoming
world opens out for the curious.
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete
Piano Trios Vol. 1 - Van Baerle
Trio rec. 2017 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72765
SACD [79:50] [DJB] Overly safe and
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 9
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 13
- Mikhail Petrenko (bass) Dresdner Philharmonie/Michael Sanderling rec. 2017/18 SONY CLASSICS 19075874362 [67.24 + 63.53]
Compelling performances bolstered by excellent sound.
Lucia di Lammermoor
- Edita Gruberova
(soprano) Ch & O Vienna State Opera/Giuseppe
Patanč rec 1978 ORFEO C931182I
[70:27 + 53:41] [GF] Gruberova’s many
admirers will not need my persuasive powers
to invest in this issue; others should at least
give it a try.
Peter GRAHAM (b.1958)
On the Shoulders of Giants; Radio City; New York Movie;
Metropolis 1927 -
Black Dyke Band/Nicholas Childs, Stephen Cobb rec. 2016-18 NAXOS 8.573968 [64:01]
[NB] Something of a mixed bag.
Hieronymus PRAETORIUS (1560-1629)
Missa in Festo Sanctissimae Trinitatis - Weser-Renaissance
Bremen/Manfred Cordes CPO 777 954-2 [70.27] [GH] Some good aspects but a few issues with the sound.
Pierre WISSMER (1915-1992)
Oeuvres Concertantes - Eva Zavaro (violin), Hungarian SO/Alain Pĺris
rec. 2018 CLAVES CD1811 [77:54] [RB] The works here fall either side of the division between early hedonism and later neo-classicism and complication.
Live Ch St John's College Cambridge/Andrew
Nethsingha rec. 2014-17 SIGNUM
CLASSICS SIGCD535 [60:19] [JQ] This
disc gives a very good flavour of the excellent
Advent music at St John’s.
Portuguesa Iberian Concertos & Sonatas - O Barocca Casa da Música/Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902337
[64:55] [PRB] Superb playing and absorbing
choice of repertoire.
Variations for Recorder and Strings - John Turner (recorders),
Camerata Ens & The Manchester Chamber Ens/Richard Howarth,
New World Ens/Andy Long PRIMA FACIE PFCD091 [69:27]
A splendid collection.
Tuesday October 30th
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
DUTILLEUX (1916–2013) Symphony
No.1, Métaboles, Les Citations -
O Ntl Lille/Jean-Claude Casadesus rec. 2016
NAXOS 8.573746 [61:27] [JF]
A splendid addition to the Naxos survey of
HOLST (1874-1934) Orchestral
Works Vol. 4 - Guy Johnston (cello)
BBC PO/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2018 CHANDOS
CHSA5192 SACD [77:02] [RB] Davis
is in truly excellent form for this collection
while the orchestra and Chandos team most assuredly
conspire in this.
HVOSLEF (b. 1939) Chamber
Works No. V - Hvoslef Chamber Music
Project rec. 2016 LAWO LWC1156
[48:08] [SSi] An ideal introduction to Hvoslef’s
Concerto, Octet - Chouchane
Siranossian (violin) Anima Eterna Brugge/Jakob
Lehmann rec. 2016/17 ALPHA 410
[59:46] [RHa] Evidence that in certain cases
youth actually isn’t wasted on the young;
the concerto is fine enough but the ‘original’
octet is revelatory.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies No. 4 & 10
- Russian Ntl O/Mikhail Pletnev rec. 2017 PENTATONE PTC5186647 [2 SACDs: 132:30]
A lacklustre account of the Fourth makes it difficult to recommend this package with great enthusiasm.
Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899) Aschenbrödel
- ORF RSO Wien/Ernst Theis rec. 2014 CPO 777 950-2 [2 CDs: 99:05] [RMay] An interesting and well-performed account of Strauss’s only ballet score as he intended it to be heard.
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) A Sea Symphony
- Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano); Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) BBC SO & Ch/Martin Brabbins rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68245 [70:53] [PRB] Not a first choice, but certainly a good performance.
Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Cello Concertino, Preludes
- Marina Tarasova (cello) Musica Viva CO/Alexander Rudin rec. 2018 NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA99131 [63:56] [RB] Super-vivid, red in tooth and claw and rippling with close-quarters voltage.
Serkin (piano) Early
& Unpublished Recordings - Adolf
Busch (violin) London PO/Julius Harrison rec.
1936/1940 PRISTINE AUDIO PAKM077
[72:21] [JW] The rarity value of this disc
Sonata Reminiscenza Anna
Zassimova (piano) rec. 2009 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC18022 [72.46] [MC]
Asimov is in irresistible form here, performing a fascinating selection of Russian piano.
Monday October 29th
BARTÓK (1881-1945) Duke Bluebeard's
Castle Francis POULENC (1899-1963) La Voix
Humaine - John Relyea (bass) Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo) Barbara
Hannigan (soprano) Paris Opera O/Esa-Pekka Salonen rec. 2015
ARTHAUS DVD 109364 [121 mins] [WH] An unexpected double bill: musically outstanding but the staging is perverse.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gabriel DUPONT (1878-1914)
La maison dans les dunes Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images - Severin von Eckardstein (piano)
One of the most satisfying piano recordings I have heard this year.
Valery Alexandrovich GAVRILIN (1939-1999)
The War Letters, Theatre Divertimento, The Earth
Leningrad Radio & TV SO, Instrumental Ens & Children’s Ch/Stanislaw
Gorkovenko & Feodor Kozlov rec. 1980/83 NORTHERN FLOWERS NFPMA99126 [63:14]
[RB] Gavrilin steps forward with quantity and distinctive invention heedless of classical/pop boundaries.
Michele MASCITTI (1664-1760)
Sonate a violino solo e basso Opera ottava - Gian Andrea Guerra (violin),
Nicola Brovelli (cello),
Matteo Cicchitti (violone),
Luigi Accardo (harpsichord) rec. 2017
An impressive monument to an unjustly neglected composer.
Řrjan MATRE (b. 1979)
Konsert for Orkester -
Peter Herresthal (violin)
Oslo PO/Peter Szilvay rec. 2017 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1155 [62:58]
[RHa] Immersive and enjoyable; more than “just” a Concerto for Orchestra.
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) Complete Music for String Quartet
Archaeus Qt rec. 2017 MPR 102 [44:15 + 37:23] [JQ] A useful survey.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Works for Piano Trio - Trio Rafale rec. 2017
COVIELLO CLASSICS COV91808
[55:11 + 65:46] [RWe]
While I can’t definitively recommend this newcomer above the established leaders, it is a most welcome addition.
Brahms The Progressive
Works by Brahms, Berg & Webern -
Pina Napolitano (piano) rec. 2017 ODRADEK ODRCD330 [64.13]
[MC] A fascinating programme of solo piano music which despite a couple of caveats is worthy of attention.
Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute
PRISTINE CLASSICAL PASC534
What better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Dan Godfrey?
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Richter in Brooklyn - Sviatoslav Richter (piano),
Latvian National SO/Paul Mägi rec. 1965-93
No denying the ferocity and sensitivity of the performances.
Friday October 26th
BRAGA SANTOS (1924-1988)
Piano Concerto, Symphonic Overtures, Viver ou
Morrer - Goran Filipec (piano) Royal Liverpool
PO/Álvaro Cassuto rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573903
[62.12] [BSt] A splendidly performed and
recorded miscellany that usefully mops up some
rarities from both main phases of the composer’s
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
& György LIGETI (1923-2006) Horn
André Cazalet (horn)
Guy Comentale (violin)
Cyril Huvé (piano)
rec. 1989 CALLIOPE CAL1857 [51:39] [SB] A fine reissue of this now popular coupling.
Havergal BRIAN (1876-1972)
The Vision of Cleopatra, Two Choral Pieces,
Fantastic Variations, For Valour -
Ch & O English Ntl Opera/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2017 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7348 SACD [73:37]
[NB] Not an entry-point disc for Brian but a valuable addition for the already converted.
Kyle GANN (b. 1955) Custer and Sitting Bull,
So Many Little Dyings, Scenario -
Kenneth Patchen, Martha Herr (voice)
Kyle Gann (voice & electronics) rec. 2007/12 NEW WORLD 80801 [59:27]
[RB] Progressive yes but touching off emotional reactions left and right.
LISZT (1811-1886) The Sound
of Weimar: The Orchestral Works in Authentic
Sound - Chorus Sine Nomine,
O Wiener Akademie/Martin Haselböck rec. 2010-17
GRAMOLA 99150 [9 CDs: 602:13]
[JWe] A wonderful set and essential buying
for any Lisztian, but be aware it’s not
the complete works.
Guillaume de MACHAUT (c.1300-1377)
The Gentle Physician - Orlando Consort rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68206 [59.34]
[GH] I do not find that the Orlando Consort are able to offer the variety required when listening to 14th Century music.
SHEBALIN (1902–1963) Complete
Music for Violin & Piano - Sergey
Kostylev (violin) Olga Solovieva (piano) rec.
2010-15 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0327
[54:54] [RB] A traditionalist with a creative
style that puts his music alongside that of
Tchaikovsky: precise, witty, delicately pin-sharp
and breathlessly darting.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Eine
Alpensinfonie, Dance of the Seven Veils, Die Frau ohne Schatten
suite - London PO/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2012-16 LONDON
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO0106 [44:48 + 56:45] [JQ] An extremely attractive and interesting Strauss anthology.
VALENTE (c1520 - c1580)
Intavolatura de cimbalo
- Fabio Falcone (harpsichord, virginal), Ens
L' Amorosa Caccia rec. 2017 BRILLIANT
CLASSICS 95326 [73:43] [JV] Excellent
performances by Falcone and his ensemble.
Zingarese Civitas &
Gipsy Way Ensembles rec. 2017 CEDILLE
CDR90000179 [46:33 + 41:38]
[JWe] An enjoyable meeting of musical minds.
Thursday October 25th
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Ein Deutsches Requiem -
Matt Sullivan (baritone) Natasha Schnur (soprano)
Yale Schola Cantorum & Ens/David Hill rec. 2017 HYPERION CDA68242 [66:21]
[RHa] The arrangement may not be entirely successful, but there is outstanding singing and playing to enjoy.
Walter BRICHT (1904–1970) Orchestral Music Vol. 1
Fort Wayne Philharmonic/Andrew Constantine
rec. 2018 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0488 [58:04] [RB] Late-romantic, tonal with the accent, lisp and slur of Franz Schmidt's orchestral work.
Hans GÁL (1890-1987)
Piano Trio Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Piano Trio No. 2 - Briggs Piano Trio rec. 2018
The Gál Trio, a worthy work that deserves to be heard more often, comes with a splendid performance of the Shostakovich Second Trio.
Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955)
Amphion, Pacific 231, Jour de fête suisse, Piano Concertino, Horace victorieux, Sérénade à Angélique - Andrée Honegger-Vaurabourg (piano),
O SWR Baden-Baden/Arthur Honegger rec. 1949
FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1497-98
[42:39 + 41:58] [JW]
A wildly contrasting and vividly played concert and it’s good to have it made available.
Hans SOMMER (1837-1922)
Ballads and Romances - Sebastian Noack (baritone),
Manuel Lange (piano) rec. 2013
A lighter-complexioned voice that yet captures these songs' drama, darkness and sunnier pages.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Salome excerpts, Lieder Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele excerpts - Montserrat Caballé
Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass),
O Ntl France, Vienno PO/Leonard Bernstein rec. 1977
ELOQUENCE 476 2467
A general, wide appeal to admirers of Bernstein, the singer soloists and the two operas in general.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3 Alexander SCRIABIN (1871-1915)
Piano Concerto - Xiayin Wang (piano); Royal Scottish Ntl O/Peter Oundjian
rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHSA5216 SACD
[DM] Xiayin Wang just gets better and better; well worth your time and
Anton URSPRUCH (1850-1907)
Complete Piano works - Ana-Marija Markovina (piano) rec. 2016
HÄNSSLER CLASSICS HC16015
[3 CDs: 171:47] [JWe]
I really wish that Urspruch had written more solo piano music so that there would be more for Ana Marija-Markovina to record.
Works by Albert, Jones & Piston - London SO/Lance Friedel rec. 2017
BIS BIS-2118 SACD [78:08] [JQ] A most interesting and successful programme, marvellously played and in outstanding sound.
Martha Argerich (piano)
The Successful Beginning rec. 1957-61 PROFIL PH18050 [4 CDs: 245:32]
Young Argerich, sometimes errant Argerich, but mostly thrilling and thoroughly compelling.