Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990)
Dances from West Side Story, Fancy Free and On the Town; On the Waterfront
Suite - Royal Liverpool PO/Christian Lindberg rec. 2016 BIS BIS-2278 SACD
Very attractive alternatives to Bernstein or Alsop but
not a replacement for either.
Johann Evangelist BRANDL (1760-1837) Symphonies -
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz/Kevin Griffiths
rec. 2017 CPO 555 157-2 [54.12] [MW] Well-constructed but not very distinctive music from a Beethoven contemporary in fine performances.
Thorsten ENCKE (b. 1966)
A Live Portrait rec 2012-16 C-AVI MUSIC 8553247 [70:02]
[RHa] Encke’s distinctive personality as a modernist with a lyrical heart is apparent in his most recent work.
Nikolai KAPUSTIN (b.1937) Cello Sonatas
1 & 2 - Robert Witt (cello), Clorinda Perfetto (piano) rec. 2016 BRILLIANT 95560 [52:07]
[JW] A competitively priced disc offering up-to-date sonics and lithe interpretations.
Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967)
Dances, Concerto for Orchestra, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song -
Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573838 [77:17]
[LW] Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic excel in Kodály’s colourful works.
Roman MACIEJEWSKI (1910-1998)
Piano works - Mariusz Ciołko (piano) DUX 1410 [42:20]
[EJW] An interesting recording of Maciejewski’s piano music.
ROSSINI (1792-1868) Complete
Overtures Vol. 3 - Prague SO/Christian
Benda rec. 2011/12 NAXOS 8.570935
[55:42] [SV] Agreeable music in excellent
sound, though Benda’s judgements of tempo
are sometimes a little odd.
SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonies
1-4, Manfred overture- London SO/Yondani Butt
rec. 2011/12 NIMBUS NI7099
[78:08 + 73:28] [JWh] As a cycle at bargain
price this should do well despite its minor
WALSH (b.1948) Mass of the
Holy Trinity, Requiem, The Way of Love
- Antiphon &
the Antiphon Players/Matthew Cann rec. 2017
WILLOWHAYNE WHR049 [66.02]
[GH] The singers clearly know the music
well, communicating it with love and affection.
Psalms and Prayers Works by
Stravinsky, Bernstein, Schoenberg & Zemlinsky
- David Allsopp (countertenor) Tenebrae, BBC
SO/Nigel Short rec 2016/17 SIGNUM CLASSICS
SIGCD492 [60:28] [JQ] A
most interesting programme, superbly performed,
though the recorded sound may not be to all
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