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139 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartets Vols 4-6 - Elias Quartet rec. 2014-15 WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLL0089/92/93 [6 CDs: 324:32] [BW]  There’s no ‘best buy’ for these quartets, but the Elias Quartet are up there with a select handful of recordings.

Ján Levoslav BELLA (1843–1936) Complete Piano Works - Peter Pažický, Martin Chudada (piano) rec. 2013 PAVLÍK RECORDS PA0114-2-131 [62:13] [SG] Peter Pažický's impressive technical arsenal does full justice to these captivating and compelling scores.

Diogenio BIGAGLIA (1676-1745) Miserere, Missa Antonio LOTTI (1667-1740) Credo - Knabenchor Hannover, la festa musicale/Jörg Breiding rec. 2018 RONDEAU ROP7023 [81:02] [JV] This disc puts an unjustly neglected composer on the map.

Ernst KRENEK (1900-1991) Chamber Music & Songs Vol. 1 - Laura Aikin (soprano) Bernarda Fink (mezzo) Florian Boesch (baritone) Ernst Krenek Ens rec. 2014-16 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0295 [75:15] [JW] A thoroughly persuasive and well-rounded disc.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 6 - MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis rec. 2016 SONY CLASSICAL 19075822952 [84:20] [JQ] A provocative but compelling reading of Mahler’s Sixth.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Overtures Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rosamunde - Vienna PO/Carl Schuricht, Pierre Monteux rec. 1954/1957 ELOQUENCE 482 4955 [69:41] [JW] Warmth and refinement in the Schubert, well-balanced and thoughtful Mendelssohn.

Adam POUNDS (b. 1954) Symphony, The Martyrdom of Latimer, London Cantata - Matt Wilkinson (baritone) Stapleford Ch Society, Academy Great St Mary’s, O/Adam Pounds rec. 1985-2018 CAMBRIDGE RECORDINGS CAMRECS006 [58:55] [JF] One can overlook the variable nature of the performances for the pleasures in the music.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin Sonatas, 5 Melodies - Levon Ambartsumian (violin) Anatoly Sheludyakov, Alexander Ardakov (piano) PHOENIX USA PHCD184 [61:51] [CSe] Russian masterworks delivered by a master from the Russian tradition.

Italian Masterworks Works by Boito, Mascagni, Puccini & Verdi - Riccardo Zanellato (bass); Chicago SO & Ch/Riccardo Muti rec. 2017 CSO RESOUND CSOR9011801 [68:37] [DM] A peach of a programme, with playing, singing and sonics to match; quite possibly my first Recording of the Year for 2019.

Tea for Two Clémentine Decouture (soprano) Philippe Brocard (baritone) Chloé Ducray (harp) Frivol’Ens rec. 2017/18 NAXOS 8.573973 [57:32] [MBu] Enjoyable and refreshing.

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