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Friday April 28th
214 reviews completed so far this month

Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 - Wilkomirski Trio rec. 2016 DUX [DJB] Not perfect by any means, but provides a very viable option for the second trio.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concertos - Sunwook Kim (piano) Hallé/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2016 HALLÉ [MC] Fine accounts of the Brahms piano concertos.

Jean FRANÇAIX (1912-1997) Works for clarinet - Dmitri Ashkenazy (clarinet) Ada Meinich (viola) Yvonne Long, Bernd Glemser (piano) Cincinnati PO/Christoph-Matthias Mueller rec. 1992-2016 PALADINO MUSIC [MR] A true feel-good CD in which bubbly, enjoyable music is played with infectious enthusiasm by one of today’s greatest clarinettists.

John IRELAND (1879-1962) Orchestral works - City London Sinf/Richard Hickox rec. 1994 CHANDOS [JWh] English romantic music at its very best.

Michael KIMBER (b.1945) Music for Viola Vol. 5 - Marcin Murawski (viola) rec. 2014/2015 ACTE PREALABLE [SA] This will be readily received by viola lovers everywhere.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Zaide - Sophie Bevan (soprano) Allan Clayton (tenor) O Classical Opera/Ian Page rec. 2016 SIGNUM CLASSICS [ST] If ultimately this is a mixed bag for the singers, then unarguably the most consistently rewarding stars are the orchestra.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite, Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite - Buffalo PO/JoAnn Falletta rec. 2014-16 NAXOS [JWh] A fine addition to the Strauss discography.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto, Méditation, Sérénade mélancolique - Moonkyung Lee (violin) London SO/Miran Vaupotić rec. 2016 NAVONA Violin Concerto, Sérénade mélancolique, Valse-Scherzo, Souvenir d’un lieu cher - Jennifer Koh (violin) Odense SO/Alexander Vedernikov rec. 2015 CEDILLE [DHu] Tchaikovsky twice played well, but competitive in such a crowded field? Not really.

Classics on Marimba WWorks by Bach, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Chopin, Thompson & Waxman - Fumito Nunoya (marimba) Momoko Shano (piano) rec. 2015/16 OEHMS CLASSICS [GF] If you are a marimba fan, this disc should be obligatory listening; if you are not, you might well become one after hearing it.

Consolation Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian Soul rec. 2015 BIS SACD [DC] A real portrait of Ukrainian classical music from the last century.


From now on, all articles will only available in pdf format.

[New] Mozart 225 Part 2 by Michael Greenhalgh

[New] Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Spring 2017 by Brian Wilson

Three articles by Stuart Scott (pdf):
The Piccolo Soloists
A Flute for the Tsar
Flautists of the Royal Italian Opera

Forgotten Artists: Luigi Toffolo by Christopher Howell

The Music of Johann Rufinatscha by Andrew Hartman

Ferdinand Hérold: Life and Music by Nick Fuller (pdf)


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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