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Monday May 25th
Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788)
Symphony, Cello Concerto Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Keyboard Concerto - Elin Gabrielsson (violin), Johannes Rostamo (cello), Luca Guglielmi (harpsichord), Orfeus Barock Stockholm rec. 2018
ALBA ABCD448 [61:31] [JV]
The cadenzas in the solo concertos prevent me from unequivocally recommending this disc.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 -
Stewart Goodyear (piano),
BBC Ntl O Wales/Andrew Constantine rec. 2018 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100127
[3 CDs: 172:44]
Glorious, life-embracing performances, very well recorded; surely a
high point of these
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 2,
Handel Variations -
Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt (piano) rec. 2019 ONDINE ODE1346-2 [74:45]
[RC] Fine performances of both works.
Francesco Maria CATTANEO (c. 1697-1758)
Violin Concerti - L’arpa festante/Anton Sterck (violin) rec. 2019
ACCENT ACC24364 [73:23] [DC]
‘Violin egodocuments’ these may be, but they are very good ones indeed.
Franz CLEMENT (1780-1842) Violin Concertos Nos
1 & 2 -
Mirijam Contzen (violin)
WDR SO/Reinhard Goebel rec. 2018/19 SONY 19075929632 [71:22] [DJB] Essential listening for those wishing to appreciate the context of Beethoven’s great concerto.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Complete Works for Piano Four Hands - Jan Vermeulen & Veerle Peeters (fortepiano) rec. 2014-2019
ETCETERA KTC1511 [7 CDs: 525:59] [SSi]
Up there with the best recordings of this wonderful music.
Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony No. 11 - BBC PO/John Storgårds rec. 2019
CHANDOS CHSA5278 SACD [66:45] [TB]
A fine addition to the growing discography of this masterpiece.
Amor De Lonh
The Distant Love of the Troubadours - Martin Best Consort
rec. 1997 NIMBUS NI5544 [65.11] [GH] An enjoyable mix of gentle songs and lively dances.
Beethoven Suites Julien Martineau (mandolin)
Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano) rec. 2019 NA¤VE V7083 [58:18]
This anniversary tribute to Beethoven is somewhat eccentric, but decidedly enjoyable for lovers of the mandolin.
Cristina Bianchi (harp)
Scarlatti and More rec. 2019
OEHMS OC1715 [68:42] [DD]
An unusual programme, very well played and recorded.
Music in Their Time: The Memoirs and Letters of Dora and Hubert Foss by Stephen Lloyd, Diana Sparkes and Brian Sparkes
(eds) publ. 2019 Boydell Press [JW] A fitting and laudable tribute.
Friday May 22nd
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 4
Bavarian Radio SO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2008 BR KLASSIK 900187 [72:10]
An impressive testament by a great conductor.
Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637–1707)
By Arrangement – Meilin Ai (piano) rec. 2019 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0534 [83:31]
[JWe] This is a disc that I look forward to returning to again and again.
John CASKEN (b. 1949) Stolen Airs - Alasdair Beatson, Kenneth Hamilton (piano)
Philip Higham (cello)
Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn)
Gould Piano Trio rec. 2019 PRIMA FACIE PFCD115 [79:29]
[JF] Windswept, dreamy and turbulent music that left quite an impression.
Jonathan HARVEY (1939-2012)
Tombeau de Messiaen, Mortuos plango, Images after Yeats, Ritual Melodies
- Philip Mead (piano) SARGASSO SCD28029 [53.02]
[GH] Helpful and useful to have Harvey’s main works for tape gathered in one place.
(b.1942) Memory Game -
Meredith Monk (voice) Vocal Ens,
Bang on a Can-All Stars rec. 2016-18 CANTALOUPE CA21153 [50:49]
[GPJ] If you aren’t familiar with Meredith Monk’s work, this terrific CD is an ideal place to start.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos Nos
21 & 22 -
Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
Oslo PO/Arvid Engegňrd rec. 2011 SIMAX PSC1323 [64:59] [DD]
Very fine and refreshing … more please.
WAGNER (1813-1883) Die WalkŘre - Stuart Skelton
(tenor) Emily Magee, Nina Stemme (soprano) Royal Opera House O/Sir
Antonio Pappano rec. 2018 OPUS ARTE DVD OA1308D [254 mins]
A tremendous performance!
Sir William WALTON (1902-1983)
Constant LAMBERT (1905-1951)
Pieces nŔgres, Poems of Li-Po -
James Geer (tenor)
Andrew West, Ronald Woodley (piano) rec. 2019 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD0614 [63:56]
A fascinating combination of unusual Walton and intriguing Lambert pieces.
Aldo Ferraresi (violin)
Gigli of the Violin rec. 1929-73 RHINE CLASSICS RH001 [18 CDs: 20 hours]
No connoisseur of the art of violin playing would want to be without this remarkable collection.
To A Camia Piano Music from Romantic Manila
Sally Pinkas (piano) rec. 2018
MSR CLASSICS MS1645 [76:09] [BMC] A very fine piano collection from the Golden Age of Philippine Music.
Thursday May 21st
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonatas 3, 9, 23
& 32, Variations, Bagatelles - Jan Bartoš (piano) rec. 2017
SUPRAPHON SU4252-2 [66:35 + 61:26] [CC]
A mixed bag.
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Viola Sonatas, Two songs - Lise Berthaud (viola), Éric Le Sage (piano), Sarah Laulan (alto) rec. 2019
B RECORDS LBM023 [54:00] [DD]
Dedicated performances and a delightful bonus.
Sir Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Phantasy Concerto, Symphony
No.2 - Tasmin Little (violin) Melbourne SO/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2018/19
CHANDOS CHSA5193 SACD [68:21] [SG]
A renowned conductor, whose prowess on the podium somewhat overshadowed his compelling compositional endeavours.
Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Violin Sonatas - Elena Urioste (violin), Tom Poster (piano) rec. 2017
ORCHID RECORDS ORC100126 [76:49] [WK]
Performances of vitality and commitment.
Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983)
Missa Sabrinensis - Bach Ch, BBC Concert O/David Hill rec. 2019
HYPERION CDA68294 [71:32] [JQ]
This highly impressive account of Missa Sabrinensis does full justice to the stature of the work.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
(1756-1791), Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)
& ╔douard du PUY (1770-1822) Bassoon Concertos -
Bram van Sambeek (bassoon)
Swedish CO/Alexei Ogrintchouk rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2467 SACD [66:15]
[GPJ] None shall sleep through this disc – what a winner!
Giovanni Battista SAMMARTINI
(1700/1-1775) Harpsichord Sonatas -
Simonetta Heger (harpsichord) rec. 2017 DYNAMIC CDS7841 [62:36]
[CRo] Illustrates the development of keyboard music and the form of the sonata.
Eugene ZÁDOR (1894-1977)
Music for Clarinet and Strings, Trombone Concerto, Sinfonia Technica - Pál Sólyomi (clarinet), András Fejér (trombone), Budapest SO MAV/Mariusz Smolij rec. 2018
NAXOS 8.574108 [70:27] [RHa]
The Sinfonia is both the biggest and best piece in the latest instalment of Naxos’s Zádor series.
Works by Vivaldi, Gasparini & Bigaglia -
Inŕs d'Avena (recorder)
Claudio Ribeiro (harpsichord) rec. 2018 RAM╔E RAM1905 [72:02]
[JV] On my list of recordings of the year.
Songs of Love & Exile A Sephardic Journey
Channa Malkin (soprano)
Izhar Elias (guitar) rec. 2019 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95652 [57:39]
Some captivating music, performed with passion and understanding.
Wednesday May 20th
Joan CABANILLES (1644 -1712)
Keyboard Music Vol. 3 - Timothy Roberts (harpsichord, organ)
rec. 2004-17 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0451 [70:55]
Timothy Roberts is an excellent guide in this rather unknown territory.
Detlev GLANERT (b. 1960)
Oceane - Maria Bengtsson (soprano) Nikolai Schukoff (tenor)
Ch & O Deutsche Oper Berlin/Donald Runnicles rec. 2019 OEHMS OC985 [44:31 + 50:57]
[SB] A rare thing: a successful and enjoyable modern opera.
Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
La Nonne Sanglante - Michael Spyres (tenor)
Vannina Santoni (soprano) Marion LebŔgue (mezzo)
Insula O/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2018
NAXOS 2.110632 DVD [139 mins]
[CC] No lover of French Romantic opera should hesitate.
Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Violin Sonatas - Eldbj°rg Hemsing (violin)
Simon Trpčeski (piano) rec. 2018/19 BIS BIS2456 SACD [72:30]
[RMas] Vivacious, probing, and ultimately life-affirming performances.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphonies Nos
28, 43 & 63 -
Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2018 ALPHA CLASSICS 682 [76:43]
[PBW] A stimulating and very enjoyable CD.
(1899-1963) Chamber Music Vol. 2
- Eva-Maria May (piano)
Martin Rummel (cello)
Corinna Desch (violin)
Andreas Schablas (clarinet)
Ahran Kim (flute & piccolo)
Damien Gastl (baritone) rec. 2018/2019 PALADINO MUSIC PMR0068 [59:43]
A worthy conclusion of a survey of Poulenc’s piano and chamber music.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Piano Music Vol. 1 -
Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2013 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6297 [77:16]
[DD] A formidable Schubertian and if you haven’t experienced Feltsman yet, this disc is a perfect opportunity.
(b. 1952) Chamber Works - Charles Wetherbee (violin)
David Korevaar (piano)
Dariush Saghafi (santour)
Carpe Diem String Qt
rec. 2008-18 MSR CLASSICS MS1738 [71:43] [GPu]
Reza Vali’s music draws – interestingly and attractively – on two musical traditions.
Lonely Angel, Piano Trio, Plainscapes
Trio Palladio rec. 2019 ONDINE ODE13432 [62:05] [SSi]
A splendid disc with a fantastic performance of Episodi.
Sleeper’s Prayer Merton Brass, Ch Merton College, Oxford/Benjamin Nicolas (organ) rec.
2019 DELPHIAN DCD34232 [63:35]
The Merton College Choir are on top form in an enterprising programme of American music.
Tuesday May 19th
George BENJAMIN (b. 1960)
Written on Skin, Duet -
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
Rebecca Jo Loeb (mezzo),
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Mahler CO/George Benjamin rec. 2012 live,NIMBUS NI5885/6 [59:53 + 42:42]
[SB] A masterpiece of contemporary opera in its first production.
Ernst von DOHN┴NYI (1877-1960) Piano Quintets,
String Quartet no. 2
- Takács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68238 [80.58]
[RHa] Hyperion’s ‘thing’ about Dohnányi continues with another knockout helping from heavyweight performers.
AntonÝn DVOR┴K (1841-1904) Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 9
- Nathan Milstein (violin) Minneapolis SO, Hague PO/Antal Doráti rec. 1951/52 DORÁTI EDITION ADE070 [66:23]
[CC] Two fine historic performances.
Philip FEENEY (b.1954) Victoria
Abigail Prudames, Joseph Taylor, Northern Ballet Sinfonia/Jonathan Lo rec. 2019 OPUS ARTE Blu-Ray OABD7264D [123 mins]
[MW] An invaluable record of a fascinating production.
Pēteris VASKS (b.1946)
Viola Concerto; Symphony
- Sinfonietta Rīga/Maxim Rysanov (viola)
rec. 2018 BIS BIS-2443 SACD
Very striking music, in authoritative performances and excellently
The Encounter at LŘbeck
Works by Bach & Buxtehude -
Vincent Boucher (organ) rec. 2017/19 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22777 [62:57]
[MR] Bach and Buxtehude heard side-by-side to their very best advantage in this absolute cracker of an disc.
Ein’ feste Burg Works by Mendelssohn, Bach,
Nicolai, Schutz & Curnow -
Jared Stellmacher, Mark Sudeith (organ) Chicago Gargoyle Brass & Organ Ens/Stephen Squires
rec. 2017-19 MSR CLASSICS MS1735 [70:53]
[NB] Well-conceived, well-engineered and well-performed.
Works by Villa-Lobos, Ginastera & Guastavino -
Fabio Martino (piano) rec. 2018 TICO CLASSICS TC002 [56:23]
[SSi] An interesting and rewarding disc of Latin-American piano music.
Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) Cello Unlimited rec. 2017-19 ORFEO C984191 [72:45]
An inspiring collection performed with great inspiration, feeling and dedication.
Works by Marcello, Bellinzani & Vivaldi - Manuel Staropoli (recorder),
Gioele Gusberti (cello), Paolo Monetti (double bass), Pietro Prosser (archlute, guitar), Manuel Tomadin (harpsichord, organ) rec. 2018 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 96052 [72:52] [JV] The inclusion of sonatas by Bellinzani is of particular importance.