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Wednesday March 21st
159 reviews completed so far this month

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 [62:30] [BW] 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.

Gioachino 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.

Robert 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 flaws.

Michael 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.

Symphonic 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 tastes.


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