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Tuesday March 31st

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonatas & Partitas - Tomás Cotik (violin) rec. 2019 CENTAUR CRC3755/6 [57:43 + 60:50] [RMas] Lithe and efficient Bach.

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Concerto No. 2, Rhapsodies Nos 1 & 2 - Baiba Skride (violin) WDR SO Köln/Eivind Aadland rec. 2017 ORFEO C950191 [57:45] [SSi] Even if this is not my first choice, it is a welcome and enjoyable performance which I will be revisiting.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartets - Juilliard String Quartet rec. 1964-1970 SONY CLASSICS 19075992332 [9 CDs: 505:33] [RMo] Much to offer.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 1, Ballades - Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt (piano) rec. 2018 ONDINE ODE1330-2 [72:14] [MG] A triumphant vindication of Vogt’s courage in taking on the role of piano-conductor.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Piano Concertos Vol. 5 -Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20137(2) [60.49 + 64.22] [CRa] These are discs to treasure, and play often.

Josef SUK (1874-1935) Symphony No. 2 Asrael - Bavarian RSO/Jakub Hrůša rec. 2018 BR KLASSIK 900188 [62:43] [MC] A first-rate recording.

Concertos From 19th Century Denmark Works by Barth, Gade & Kuhlau - Lisa Maria Cooper, Flemming Aksnes (French horn) Oliver Nordahl (oboe) Ian van Rensburg (violin) Aarhus SO/Jean Thorel rec. 2018 DACAPO SACD 6.220664 [53:56] [DJB] Elegant and tuneful music, the non-concerto Overture being the pick.

The Early Horn Ursula Paludan Monberg (horn) Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68289 [78:32] [MR] Early examples of the horn in a concertante role, expertly delivered by a leading exponent of the natural horn.

Ignaz Friedman (piano) Complete Recordings 1923-1941 DANACORD DACOCD861-864 [6 CDs: 336 mins] [JW] All pianophiles must know they need Friedman’s discs.

Monday March 30th

Nadia BOULANGER (1887-1979) & Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918) Clairičres - Nicholas Phan (tenor) Myra Huang (piano) rec. 2019 AVIE AV2414 [53:17] [NB] The music is important but the style of singing suggests a try-before-you-buy approach.

Alma DEUTSCHER (b. 2005) From My Book of Melodies - Alma Deutscher (piano) rec. 2019 SONY CLASSICAL 19075990192 [50:36] [MBu] Confirms her undoubtedly rightful footing in the serious, contemporary classical music world.

Samuil FEINBERG (1890-1962) Piano Sonatas No. 1-6 - Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68233 [74:33] [JW] Hamelin powerfully resolves all the technical complications and dramatic conflicts embedded in these intense works.

Poul RUDERS (b. 1949) Piano Concerto No. 3, Cembal d’amore, Kafkapriccio - Anne-Marie McDermott (piano) Odense SO/Benjamin Shwartz, Andreas Delfs rec. 2016/18 BRIDGE 9531 [59:34] [RHa] Credit to Bridge for annotating Ruders’ every move.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony No. 3 Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Organ Concerto - Iveta Apkalna (organ) Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2019 BR KLASSIK 900178 [60.47] [MC] Iveta Apkalna performs with sparkle and resolve.

Eric WHITACRE (b. 1970) Marimba Quartets - Joby Burgess, Sam Wilson (marimba & vibraphone), Calum Huggan, Rob Farrer (marimba) rec. 2019 SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD625 [21:29] [SA] If you are a marimba fan you will love this sumptuous sounding disc.

Alexander ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942) Der Traumgörge - Pamela Coburn, Janis Martin (soprano), Josef Protschka (tenor), Hartmut Welker (baritone), Frankfurt RSO/Gerd Albrecht rec. 1987 CAPRICCIO C5395 [48:19 + 62:39] [PCG] A reissue of a well performed Zemlinsky rarity but with woefully lacking documentation.

Escales Sinfonia of London/John Wilson rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHSA5252 SACD [79:05] [SB] A delightful collection and a real winner.

Royal Brass Music Maurice André & Jean Pirot (trumpets), Thurston Dart (director), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (harpsichord continuo), Ensemble Orchestral de L’Oiseau Lyrique/Pierre Colombo rec. 1956/58 ELOQUENCE 482 8527 [73:29] [RMas] A pleasant listening experience.

Other reviews
Jón Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland by Árni Heimir Ingólfsson publ. 2019 Indiana University Press [DBi] Of importance because there is so little else published on Leifs.

Friday March 27th

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Choral works - Westminster Cathedral Ch, London SO & Ch/George Malcolm, Purcell Singers/Benjamin Britten rec. 1957-61 ELOQUENCE 484 0658 [71.19] [PCG] Historically important recordings.

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Symphony No. 3 - San Francisco Symphony rec. 2018 SFS MEDIA SFS0078 [42:33] [DM]  A deceptively easeful yet quietly commanding performance that goes right to the heart of this great symphony; exemplary sound, too.

Tőnu KŐRVITS (b. 1969) Hymns to the Nordic Lights - Estonian Ntl SO/Risto Joost rec. 2015-19 ONDINE ODE1349-2 [57:42] [DC] Substantial and satisfying: sharpen your senses and dive in.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonatas Nos 6-8 - Steven Osborne (piano) rec. 2019 HYPERION CDA68298 [74:28] [TB] Magnificently assured yet highly sensitive performances of this uncompromising music.

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) & Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concertos - Jack Liebeck (violin) BBC SO/Andrew Gourlay rec. 2019 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100129 [77:15] [RWe] The Brahms could burn brighter at times, but the Schoenberg has a fine new champion on disc.

Nikos SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949) World Premiere Recordings rec. 1949-2019 MELISM MLSCD025 [78:58] [JW] This discriminating label has done its subject proud with this release.

Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) The Complete Songs Vol. 10 - Louise Alder, Fflur Wyn (soprano) Rowan Hellier, Katarina Karnéus (mezzo) Adrian Thompson (tenor) Roderick Williams (baritone) Neal Davies (bass) Sholto Kynoch (piano) rec. 2013 STONE RECORDS 5060192780918 [65:26] [RMas] I look forward to the final installment.

Reginald Goodall (conductor) Works by Dukas, Messiaen & Schumann - Royal Opera House O rec. 1961 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC581 [75:43] [JQ] Reginald Goodall giving good accounts of music that one would not normally expect to hear from him.

Thursday March 26th

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ works - Ashley Grote (organ) SELBY ABBEY ORGAN MASTERS SAOM006 [73:44] [MR] Grand, often monumental performances of five of Bach’s most majestic organ works, all captured in fine recorded sound.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 6 - London SO/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1961 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC574 [56:29] [JQ] A very good performance of Bruckner’s Sixth and a valuable addition to the Horenstein discography.

Hans Werner HENZE (1926-2012) San Biagio 9 Agosto ore 12.07, Concerto, Serenade, Trauer-Ode - Daniele Roccato (double bass), Ludus Gravis, Abruzzese SO/Tonino Battista rec. 2015-2019 WERGO WER73912 [52:11] [DC] Top-notch recording and performances of rarely heard Henze.

Adam PORĘBSKI (b. 1990) First Command – Adam Porębski (electronics) Hashtag Ens/Lilianna Krych rec. 2019 DUX 1059 [55:13] [RHa] Porębski’s music is carefully designed, hypnotically repetitive, and neatly shared between the eight instruments and the composer’s atmospheric washes of electronica.

Vissarion SHEBALIN (1902-1963) Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Siberian SO/Dmitry Vasiliev rec. 2012/2018 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0164 [70:30] [JW] Colourful music given ardent performances.

The Contrast: English Poetry in Song Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Joseph Middleton (piano) rec. 2018 BIS BIS2413 SACD [81:06] [PCG] Huw Watkins’s Larkin settings are the main reason to invest in this recital.

Italian Guitar Concertos Works by Vivaldi, Giuliani, Sollima & Boccadoro - Emanuele Segre (guitar) I Pomeriggi Musicali O/Carlo Boccadoro rec. 2018 DELOS DE3546 [67:58] [ZT] A rather disjointed programme which does not work particularly well.

Praga Rosa Bohemiae Cappella Mariana/Vojtěch Semerád rec. 2018 SUPRAPHON SU4273-2 [62:56] [JV] A perfect combination of an interesting programme and superb singing.

Wednesday March 25th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 5 - Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) Freiburger Barock O/Pablo Heras-Casado rec. 2017 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902411 [60:03] [ST] If you like the sound of a fortepiano, this may appeal greatly to you.

Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Complete Organ Works - Harald Vogel (organ) rec. 1986-1993 MDG 314 2148-2 [7 CDs: 484:44 & DVD] [SG] An inviting makeover to an outstanding cycle.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Between Heaven & Hell - Joseph Moog (piano) rec. 2018 ONYX 4195 [63:44] [JWe] I’ve run out of superlatives for this disc.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 8 - Westminster Symphonic Ch, Philadelphia O/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2016 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4837871 [82:54] [JQ] Other recordings come much closer to realising Mahler’s audacious vision.

Marin MARAIS (1656-1728) & Antoine FORQUERAY (1672-1745) Chamber works - Anton Birula (theorbo) Julia Karpeta, Krzysztof Karpeta (viola da gamba) Maurycy Raczyński, Marta Niedźwiecka (harpsichord) rec. 2018 CD ACCORD ACD259 [53:32] [JW] An engaging and enjoyable reflection on the French gamba tradition.

Ronald STEVENSON (1928-2015) Piano Music Vol. 4 - Christopher Guild (piano) rec. 2017/19 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0555 [75:17] [JF] Thoroughly enjoyable.

Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996) Cello Concerto, Fantasy, Concertino - Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Kristiansand SO/Lukasz Borowicz rec. 2018 CPO 555 234-2 [67:02] [DC] A fine programme and a Cello Concerto that everyone should hear.

The King’s Singers Finding Harmony rec. 2019 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD607 [67:31] [MR] A must-have for all their fans.


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