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Thursday November 26th
176 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) String Quartets 1 & 2 Bedřich SMETANA (1824–1884) String Quartet 1 - Takács Qt rec. 2014 HYPERION [SG] The Takács Quartet in stunning performances of these Czech masterpieces.

Paul D. MILLER (b. 1970) Rebirth of a Nation - Kronos Qt rec. 2007 CANTALOUPE CD & DVD [IL] An interesting and imaginative concept. One to treasure or consign to the ‘curiosities’ drawer.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Requiem - Olga Pasiecznik (soprano) Anna Lubanska (mezzo) Krzysztof Szmyt (tenor) Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass) Sinfonia Amabile Ch & O/Piotr Wajrak rec. 2014 DUX [BBu] Does not pull ahead of the standard bearers but it's entirely satisfying.

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Opera overtures, intemezzi and ballet music - O de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi rec. 2015 CHANDOS SACD [DM] A melt-in-the-mouth confection, attractively played and presented; Järvi père is back on form at last.

Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Twelve Sets of English Lyrics Vol. 1 - Susan Gritton (soprano) James Gilchrist (tenor) Roderick Williams (baritone) Andrew West (piano) rec. 2015 SOMM [IL] A promising start to an invaluable new English song series.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) The Complete Symphonies - Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis rec. 1995/96 RCA RED SEAL [DC] Remains a standard-bearer at any price.

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol. 1 - Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2014 SHEVA COLLECTION [WK] Howell's touch is light and there's a great sense of enjoyment and pathos, all obviously the result of deep thought.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Petrushka Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition - Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2014/15 BR KLASSIK [MC] If the coupling appeals there is no reason to hesitate.

Discorsi delle Comete Ens Daimonion rec. 2013 ET'CETERA [JV] These young artists show an impressive technical prowess which allows them to concentrate on an expressive interpretation of the repertoire.

Solitude Works for flute by Schubert, Liebermann, Johansson & Prokofiev - Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson (flute) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2013 DELOS [BR] Schubert and Prokofiev but the extraordinary title track steals the show.


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