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Thursday October 22nd

Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Symphony No. 5, Sieidi - Colin Currie (percussion) Lahti SO/Dima Slobodenoiuk rec. 2017/20 BIS BIS-2336 SACD [61.08] [PCG] Essential for Aho fans, and attractive for those who welcome the excitement of two approachable and comprehensible pieces of modern music.

Salvatore LANZETTI (1710-1780) Sonatas for Violoncello - Agnieszka Oszańca (cello), Maria Misiarz (cello), Gabriele Palomba (theorbo), Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord) rec. 2019 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72794 [68:55] [JV] Entertaining and compelling.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde - Het Collectief/Reinbert De Leeuw rec. 2020 ALPHA 633 [63:21] [BW] A chamber adaptation that is only partly successful.

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) L’Orfeo - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor) Ens vocal de Poche, I Gemelli rec. 2020 NAÏVE V7176 [42.58 + 53.36] [GH] This should become a classic in due course.

Christopher ROUSE (1949-2019) Symphony No. 5, Supplica, Concerto for Orchestra - Nashville Symphony/Giancarlo Guerrero rec. 2017-19 NAXOS 8.559852 [71:32] [WH] Three brilliantly performed works from a modern master of the orchestra.

Kazimierz SEROCKI (1922-1981) Forte e piano, Pianophonie - Jerzy Witkowski, Szabolcs Esztényi (piano) Polish RSOs Krakow & Katowice/Stanisław Wisłocki rec. 1973/79 DUX 1287 [45:23] [HC] Hard nuts to crack but definitely well worth the cracking, especially when heard in such committed performances as those here.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Folk Songs Vol. 1 - Mary Bevan (soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Jack Liebeck (violin), William Vann (piano) rec. 2020 ALBION RECORDS ALBCD042 [68:41] [JQ] An auspicious beginning to a series which will bring us all of RVW’s solo-voice folk song arrangements.

Classical Oboe Concertos Works by Ferlendis, Hofmann, Dittersdorf and Mozart - Andrius Puskunigis (oboe, oboe d'amore), St. Christopher CO/Donatas Katkus rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95218 [63:47] [SV] At the very least, it is worth getting to know the Ferlendis and Hofmann.

Wednesday October 21st

Fikret AMIROV (1922-1984) Symphony, 1001 Nights Suite - Kyiv Virtuosi SO/Dmitri Yablonsky rec. 2018/19 NAXOS 8.573803 [57:22] [EJW] Fine playing, uninspired music.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 5 - Gewandhaus O Leipzig/Franz Konwitschny rec. 1961 BERLIN CLASSICS 0301621BC [81:15] [RMo] One of the three or four greatest Bruckner Fifth recordings I know.

Paul DRAYTON (b.1944) Nocturne, Antique Suite George LLOYD (1913-1998) Symphony No.10 - Abbey Brass/Paul Drayton, Tony Hindley rec. 2020 FS RECORDS FSR201 [60:26] [JW] Everything about this release speaks of engaging vitality.

Olivier GREIF (1950-2000) Piano Quintet - Syntonia Quintet rec. 2020 CIAR CLASSICS CC002 [48:25] [SG] Not for the faint-hearted.

Michel LAMBERT (1610-1696) Leçons de Ténèbres - Monique Zanetti (soprano) Ens Les Temps Présents rec. 2018 AEOLUS AE-10113 [58:30] [CRo] Fine performances of rare but delightful repertoire.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Cello Concertos - Alban Gerhardt (cello) SWR SO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68340 [57:22] [HC] Played with consummate assurance and deep understanding.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Träume - Jenufa Gleich (soprano) BBC Ntl O Wales/Fabrice Bollon rec. 2019 STONE RECORDS 5060 19278 1038 [59.15] [PCG] I cannot wait to hear Jenufa Gleich in some signficiant Wagnerian roles.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Flute Concertos, Symphony No.7 - Łukasz Długosz (flute) Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz (harpsichord) Silesian CO/Robert Kabara rec. 2019 DUX 1589 [62.45] [MW] An affecting and valuable release – one to explore and enjoy.

Tuesday October 20th

Domenico Maria DREYER (17-18th C), Louis DÉTRY (17-18th C) & Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Sonatas - Renata Duarte (recorder, oboe) Aline Zylberajch (harpsichord) Ricardo Rapaport (bassoon) Annabelle Luis (cello) rec. 2019 CYBELE RECORDS SACD 231904 [50:43] [DC] Proof that obscure need not mean second-rate.

Alexander KASTALSKY (1856-1926) Requiem for Fallen Brothers - Anna Dennis (soprano) Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone) O St Luke’s/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.574245 [63:57] [MW] A fascinating release of an extraordinary rarity, well worth exploring.

Jaakko MÄNTYJÄRVI (b. 1963) Choral works - Ch Trinity College Cambridge/Stephen Layton rec. 2018-20 HYPERION CDA68266 [70:54] [MR] A fabulous disc in terms of performance, music, recording and accompanying documentation.

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Roma - Iano Tamar (soprano), Svetlana Arginbaeva (contralto), Warren Mok (tenor) Bratislava Chamber Ch; O Internazionale d’Italia/Marco Guidarini rec. 1999 DYNAMIC CDS267/1-2 [68:28 + 60:33] [RMo] More than 20 years on, it remains the only opportunity to hear this.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II Vol. III - The Sixteen/Harry Christophers rec. 2018 CORO COR16182 [74:05] [JW] Christophers wins out over the opposition.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5 - Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2014 BR KLASSIK 900191 [44:27] [ST] Not really competitive.

From the Ground Up The Organ of Peterborough Cathedral - David Hill (organ) rec. 2019 REGENT REGCD539 [67:48] [JF] A magnificent instrument, brilliantly played.

Scelsi Revisited Klangforum Wien/Emilio Pomàrico, Sian Edwards, Johannes Kalitzke, Sylvain Cambreling rec. live, 2013-15 KAIROS 0015030KAI [66:37 + 79:17] [RHa] A superb homage to an underappreciated Italian master.

Monday October 19th

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1, Tragic Overture - Gewandhaus O Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 2019 PENTATONE PTC5186850 [62:32] [ST] If this is the start of a cycle, then count me in for the rest.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 - Der Ring Tokyo O/Yoshinori Nishiwaki rec. 2019 FINE NF NF65809 SACD [63:51] [RMo] Left me largely unmoved.

Johann Baptist CRAMER (1771-1858) Piano Concerti Nos 1, 3 & 6 - London Mozart Players/Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68302 [78:18] [JF] The Cramer Piano Concerto project is now completed.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) From America Vol. 2 - Yehudi Menuhin (violin), NBC SO/Sir Malcolm Sargent, Arturo Toscanini rec. 1940/45 SOMM ARIADNE 5008 [69:27] [SG] Best possible restorations for these valuable historical audio documents.

Launy GRØNDAHL (1886-1960) Legacy Vol. 2 - Danish RSO/Launy Grøndahl rec. 1954-57 DANACORD DACOCD882 [64:18 + 59:18] [JW] You could hardly ask for more authentic historic documents.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Symphony No.11 - London PO/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2019 LPO LPO0118 [58:38] [BW] A knock-out performance of this searingly intense symphony.

Northern Dances Folk Music from Scandinavia and Estonia Gunnar Idenstam (organ), Erik Rydvall (nyckelharpa) rec. 2018 TOCCATA NEXT TOCN0004 [70:34] [MW] Unusual, genuinely exciting – a box of delights, perfect for late-night listening.

Palace Premières The Countess of Wessex’s String O/Major David B Hammond rec. 2019 MPR CWSO01 [75:49] [NB] An enterprising disc of wholly enjoyable music performed with sensitivity and commitment.

Friday October 16th

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Peter Grimes - Stuart Skelton (tenor) Erin Wall (soprano) Bergen PO & Ch/Edward Gardner rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHSA5250(2) SACD [82:39 + 55:37] [ST] The finest Peter Grimes yet.

Richard FLURY (1896–1967) Works for Violin - Urs Joseph Flury (violin) O della Svizzera Italiana/Bruno Amaducci rec. 1970-75 VDE-GALLO CD-1624 [67:26] [SG] Music harmonically rich and rhythmically imaginative.

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) & Tenzin CHOEGYAL The Last Dalai Lama? - Tenzin Choegyal (vocals, lingbu, dranyen, percussion) Philip Glass, Michael Riesman (piano) ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0146 [47.27] [MW] An interesting, if non-essential, release, let down by very poor presentation, which does no justice to either the music or the performers.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) & Sigismond THALBERG (1812-1871) Opera transcriptions & fantasies - Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2019 HYPERION CDA68320 [75:04] [JWe] Well on the way to being my favourite disc of the year.

Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Violin Concerto, Spanish Dances, Prelude & Fugue - Marcin Danilewski (violin) West Side Sinfonietta/Agnieszka Kreiner rec. 2019 CD ACCORD ACD273-2 [64:30] [JW] The other works can’t make up for the unconvincing performance of the Concerto.

Ferdinand RIES (1784-1838) Octet, Sextet, String Trio - Franz Ens rec. 2019 MDG 903 2136-6 SACD [70:10] [MZ] Works well worth rediscovering, presented in outstanding sound, with solid performances.

Claudio Abbado (conductor) Live Vol. 1: Haydn & Bruckner - Chicago SO, Vienna PO rec. 1972/80 DOREMI DHR-8070 [69:08] [RMo] Competent interpretations, mediocre sound – hard to see the point.

Lament Works by Asheim, Hagen & Nordheim - Norwegian Soloists’ Ch/Grete Pedersen, Ens Allegria rec. 2018/19 BIS BIS-2431 SACD [59:08] [DC] Excellent all round - new music and performances of real power and beauty.



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