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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Complete Symphonies
- Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis rec.
1995/96 RCA RED SEAL [DC] Remains
a standard-bearer at any price.
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.
STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Petrushka Modest
MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition -
Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2014/15 BR KLASSIK [MC]
coupling appeals there is no reason to hesitate.
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.
Works for flute by Schubert, Liebermann, Johansson
& Prokofiev - Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson
(flute) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2013 DELOS
and Prokofiev but the extraordinary title track
steals the show.
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