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.
Levoslav BELLA (1843–1936)
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.
MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Overtures
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
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.
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.
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
Masterworks Works by Boito, Mascagni, Puccini & Verdi -
Riccardo Zanellato (bass); Chicago SO & Ch/Riccardo Muti rec.
2017 CSO RESOUND CSOR9011801
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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