Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer
9 October 1928 – 27 July 2016
Hans ABRAHAMSEN (b. 1952) Works for Wind Quintet
rec. 2014/15 DACAPO [LW]
Abrahamsen’s early works for wind quintet in fine accounts by Ensemble MidtVest.
Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990)
Quiet City, Symphony 3, Appalachian Spring - Boston SO/Serge Koussevitzky
rec. 1945/46 PRISTINE AUDIO [JW] This valuable restoration succeeds
in establishing an early interpretative benchmark
for the Third Symphony.
Caspar Ferdinand FISCHER (1656-1746)
Works for keyboard - Elisabeth Joyé (harpsichord,
organ) rec. 2014-2015 ENCELADE [JV] A perfect introduction to the
keyboard works of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer.
York HÖLLER (b. 1944)
Works for String Quartet - Minguet Qt
rec. 2011 NEOS [SG] An interesting discovery. Worth investigating.
HUBER (1852-1921) Symphonies 1-8 - Stuttgart PO/Jörg-Peter Weigle rec. 2001/02
STERLING [RB] No monuments to heaven-searing
conflict or vertiginous tragedy. Huber's
symphonies attest to a beaming smiling muse.
- Ruggero Raimondi (bass), O & Ch Veneranda
Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano/Francesco Quattrocchi
rec. 2015 C MAJOR Blu-ray [MC] This semi-staged performance
is nowhere near ideal but it contains
some wonderful music and the surroundings of
the Duomo are magnificent.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Pulcinella Suite, Apollon Musagète & Concerto in D -
Tapiola Sinf/Masaaki Suzuki
rec. 2015 BIS SACD Lausanne
rec. 2015 MDG SACD [DHu] Not quite Tweedledum and Tweedledee, but identical Stravinsky programmes in good but not great performances.
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Film Music
- RTÉ Concert O/Andrew Penny
rec. 1993 NAXOS [RB] There are tangs and flavours you will not have heard before in Vaughan Williams.
OF THE MONTH
- Johannette Zomer (soprano) Tulipa Consort
rec. 2015 CHANNEL CLASSICS [MR] An outstanding début disc from
a singer-led ensemble.
Martha Argerich & Friends Live from Lugano
rec. 2015 WARNER CLASSICS [RK] The best pieces are really outstanding, with many performances to treasure.
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