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16th-19th November

Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
Transparent Granite!

Nothing but Praise

BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set

Telemann continues to amaze

A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition

Another Bacewicz winner

match any I’ve heard

An outstanding centenary collection

personable, tuneful, approachable

a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.

music that will be new to most people

telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded

hitherto unrecorded Latvian music


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Tuesday September 18th
101 reviews completed so far this month

Antonín DVORAK (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony No.8 - Munich PO/Sergiu Celibidache rec. 1985/88 MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER 9305211237 [74:08] [JWh] Some will find it controversial, but I will stick my neck out and say that this is one of the great recordings of the ‘New World’.

Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) The Red Poppy - St Petersburg State SO/André Anichanov rec. 1994 NAXOS 8.553496-7 [50:21 + 57:50] [RB] Tawdry gaud and corn among golden acres that offer much to enjoy.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Verklärte Nacht - Trondheim Soloists/Alisa Weilerstein (cello) rec. 2018 PENTATONE PTC5186717 SACD [73:00] [BW] Oddities of coupling apart, a very fine first recording for Alisa Weilerstein for Pentatone with her Trondheim Soloists.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Soldier’s Tale - Malcolm Sinclair (narrator) LSO Chamber En/Roman Simovic (violin) rec. 2015 LSO LIVE LSO5074 SACD [55:36] [RWe] A superbly recorded and magnificently performed account.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Vivaldi x2 - La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler (baroque violin) rec. 2018 AVIE AV2392 [75.32] [MC] A sure-fire winner.

Anna Fedorova (piano) Four Fantasies rec. 2018 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS41318 [72:50] [DM] Accomplished playing, undermined by expressive reticence; odd programme, too.

Idyll - The English Flute Unheard James Dutton (flute) Oliver Davies (piano) rec. 2017 MPR 101 [75:14] [JW] A wisely selected programme, with stylistically astute playing.

Frederic Lamond (piano) The Liszt recordings & HMV & Electrola electrical recordings rec. 1919-1941 APR 7310 [3 CDs: 238:12] [SG] A handsome 150th anniversary tribute.


[New] Stanfordian Thoughts 6: Fairy Day by Christopher Howell

[New] Piano Trio Discography & Review Index: Mozart

Ernst Maerzendorfer and the First Recorded Cycle of Haydn Symphonies II by Christopher Howell

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Autumn 2018/1 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde - a survey of recordings by Ralph Moore

Classical Music on Stamps This week: The Salle Garnier in Monaco


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