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Tuesday June 25th
René de BOISDEFFRE (1838-1906) Works for
- Pawel Kukliński (violin); Tadeusz Samerek (cello); Anna Mikolon (piano) rec. 2018 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0446 [80:43]
[PRB] Attractive and undemanding music, but question marks over the performances.
Pehr Henrik NORDGREN (1944-2008) As in a Dream
- Marko Ylönen (cello); Lilli Maijala (viola);
Olivier Thiery (double bass) Ostrobothian Chamber O/Juha Kangas rec. 2018 ALBA RECORDS ABCD435 SACD [71:08] [DC] Powerful, dark, multi-layered beauty.
(d. ca 1666) Choral Works Vols 1 & 2
- Wrocław Baroque Ens/Andrzej Kosendiak
rec. 2015-2016 CD ACCORD ACD2222/2402 [66:18 & 61:03]
There is much of interest on these discs, one in the high renaissance style, the other in the early baroque style.
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Minnespiel, Spanisches Liederspiel, Spanische Liebeslieder
Anna Palimina (soprano) Marion Eckstein (contralto) Simon Bode (tenor) Matthias Hoffmann (bass-baritone)
Ulrich Eisenlohr, Stefan Irmer (piano) rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.573944 [60:22]
Recommended for the exceptionally high quality of the singing and playing.
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6
- Berlin PO/Kirill Petrenko rec. 2017 BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER BPHR 190261 SACD [44:07] [JQ] An auspicious appetiser for the Petrenko era at the Berlin Philharmonic.
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Attila
- Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (bass), Ch & O Teatro Communale Di Bologna/Michele Mariotti rec. 2016 C MAJOR Blu-ray 748804 [116 mins] [RF] The conducting and choral singing are of the highest order, the whole being somewhat marred by an incongruous change in period in the costumes.
John WILLIAMS (b. 1932)
- Los Angeles PO/Gustavo Dudamel rec. 2019 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 483 6647 [49:11 + 46:18]
[GF] A worthy alternative to the composer’s own recordings.
Franco Gulli (violin)
rec. 1957-97 RHINE CLASSICS RH-005 [11 CDs: 774 mins] [JW]
A splendid and loving boxset.
Monday June 24th
Krzysztof BACULEWSKI (b. 1950)
String Quartets No. 1-4 - Tana Quartet rec. 2017
An excellent disc of modern string quartet music which makes me want to hear more Baculewski.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 8 - Concertgebouw O/Eduard van Beinum rec. 1956 BEULAH 6PD17
A very fine version of this symphony in very decently refurbished
Joe CUTLER (b. 1968)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire SO/Mirga Gražinytè-Tyla rec. 2008-18 NMC D246 [59:53]
[SB] A useful follow-up to Cutler’s first recording, now over ten years old.
Ståle KLEIBERG (b. 1958)
Mezzotints - Marianne Thorsen (violin),
Øyvind Gimse (cello),
Bård Monsen (violin),
Ole Wuttudal (viola),
Jørgen Larsen (piano) rec. 2015
2L 2L-115-SABD BD-A/SACD
Another fine addition to Ståle Kleiberg’s recorded catalogue.
Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832)
& Otto MALLING (1848-1915) Piano Quartets -
Copenhagen Piano Qt
rec. 2015/16 DACAPO 6.220591 SACD [64:22] [PRB] Exceedingly well-crafted, highly enjoyable works given excellent performances.
Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909)
Piano Trios - Trio Vega rec. 2014
Committed playing and excellent recorded sound, but I have reservations about the music itself.
Paul REALE (b. 1943)
Concerto 'Dies Irae', Piano Sonatas Nos 7 & 8 - Paul Reale (piano), Walter Ponce (piano), Mirecourt Trio rec. 1982-2013
Engaging and enjoyable.
Beatam York Minster
Benjamin Morris (organ) rec. 2018 REGENT REGCD522 [73:02]
[JF] Imaginative repertoire and performances which cannot be criticised.
La Ruta de la Seda
Capella de Ministrers/Carles Magraner rec. 2016 CAPELLA DE MINISTRERS CDM1743 [56:56
+ 62:44] [GPu] Abundant musical delights throughout.
Friday June 21st
Gottfried von EINEM (1918-1996)
Der Prozess -
ORF Vienna Radio SO/HK Gruber rec. 2018 CAPRICCIO C5358 [45:34 + 57:59]
Effectively captures the darkness and labyrinthine world of ‘The Trial’.
Niels GADE (1817-1890)
Erlkönigs Tochter, Fünf Gesänge – Sophie Junker (soprano) Ivonne Fuchs (alto) Johannes Weisser (baritone)
Danish Ntl Vocal Ens, Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen
rec. 2017/18 DACAPO 8.226035 [55:48] [GF] Worth the purchase even if you have another version.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Complete Symphonies
- Vienna CO/Ernst Märzendorfer
rec. 1967-71 SCRIBENDUM SC818 [33 CDs] [SG]
This pioneering venture will be a source of great joy for Haydn devotees.
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 2 Bernd Alois ZIMMERMANN (1918-1970)
Trumpet Concerto - Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Lucy Crowe (soprano) Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)
Vienna PO/Andris Nelsons
rec. 2018 C MAJOR 749004 Blu-ray [110:00]
A pretty compelling performance of the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.
Allan PETTERSSON (1911-1980) Violin Concerto No. 2,
Symphony No.17 -
Ulf Wallin (violin)
Norrköping SO/Christian Lindberg rec. 2017/18 BIS BIS-2290 SACD [61:06]
An excellent addition to the catalogue of Pettersson’s recorded music.
Il cembalo transalpino Sophie Yates (harpsichord)
rec. 2017 CHANDOS CHAN0819 [65:16] [GH]
An unusual and cleverly planned recital.
Works by Vaughan Williams, Bridge, Bax, Moeran, Elgar & Delius - Gerald
Peregrine (cello) Antony Ingham (piano) rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.574035
[54:26] [JF] Committed performances, succinct liner notes and the splendid sound quality make for a thoroughly enjoyable album.
Organ Classics from King’s College Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury (organ) rec.
1993 ALTO ALC1401 [74:00] [MR]
A re-issue of once popular favourites played with impeccable taste and elegance.
Thursday June 20th
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Goldberg Variations - Trio Zimmermann rec. 2017/18
BIS RECORDS BIS-2347 SACD
My new reference for this work on anything other than a keyboard.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Tianwa Yang (violin), Gabriel Schwabe (cello), Deutsches
SO Berlin/Antoni Wit rec. 2017
There is much to enjoy in these Brahms concerto performances.
Gordon CROSSE (b. 1937)
On the Shoreline -
Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth rec. 2017/18 PRIMA FACIE PFCD098 [78:34]
A CD to relish: every work is full of interest and is performed with care, commitment and enthusiasm.
HENRIQUES (1867-1940) Piano Music - Thomas
Trondhjem (piano) rec. 2018 DANACORD DACOCD840 [79:43]
[JF] Charming, but always interesting, little pieces.
Antonio SOLER (1729-1783)
Vocal works in Latin - Andrés Cea Galán (organ), La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recasens rec. 2017
This intriguing disc sheds light on a neglected part of the oeuvre of Antonio Soler.
Works by Higdon, Barber & Harlin -
Rochester PO/Ward Stare
rec. 2018 AZICA RECORDS 71327 [51:54] [RC] A quite worthwhile disc for those interested in Barber and contemporary American music.
Gian Giacomo Guelfi (baritone) Arias
& Duets -
rec. 1954–68 MYTO MCD00156 [79:32] [RMo]
A poorly documented selection which nevertheless displays his breadth and versatility.
A Tale of Two Violas
Peter Mallinson (viola), Matthias Wiesner (viola), Evgenia Startseva (piano), Anneke Hodnett (harp), Michael Atkinson (cello), Nicholas Bayley (double bass) rec. 2018
A disc both to enlighten and to entertain.
Wednesday June 19th
Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945)
The Wooden Prince, The Miraculous Mandarin suite - Helsinki
PO/Susanna Mälkki rec. 2017/18
BIS BIS-2328 SACD
Virtuoso orchestral playing, superbly recorded.
César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Russian Easter festival overture
- Bavarian RSOKyrill Kondrashin
rec. 1980 BR KLASSIK 900704 [51:49]
While the Rimsky misfires, the Franck is a palpable hit.
Barbara HARBACH (b. 1946)
Symphony No. 11, Hypocrisy –
London PO/David Angus rec. 2017 MSR CLASSICS MS1646 [77:37]
A greater contrast in volume and intensity, as well as a sense of organic growth, would have made for a better listening experience.
Ståle KLEIBERG (b. 1958)
Do You Believe in Heather? - Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo soprano), Ole Christian Haagenrud (piano),
Annika Nordstrøm (flute), Jan Petter Hilstad (viola), Ruth Potter (harp),
Ida Kateraas (clarinet) rec. 2018 2L RECORDS 2L-152-SACD [69:51]
Luminous and desirable.
Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Prelude and Fugue on BACH Max REGER (1873-1916)
Fantasy and Fugue,
Easy Chorale Preludes, Chorale Fantasies -
Franz Hauk (organ) SELBY SAOM005 [74:41] [JW] Chalk this up as another decided success in Selby’s Organ Masters series.
Govanni Alberto RISTORI (1692-1753)
Missa, Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio, Miserere -
Batzdorfer Hofkapelle/Matthias Jung rec. 2017 CPO 555 200-2 [64:09]
A splendid disc which every lover of choral music will enjoy.
Kevin VOLANS (b. 1949)
violin:piano; Etude 9 (Bells for Mary); viola:piano -
Waldo Alexander (violin & viola),
Jill Richards (piano) rec. 2014 ERGODOS ER20 [75:25] [DC]
Intriguing – abstract, but deeply communicative.
Lang Lang (piano)
Piano Book rec. 2018 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 479 7441 [72:32]
An utterly attractive recital.