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Friday July 29th
198 reviews completed so far this month

Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer
9 October 1928 – 27 July 2016

Hans ABRAHAMSEN (b. 1952) Works for Wind Quintet - Ens MidtVest 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.

Johann 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.

Hans 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.

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Mosè - 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 CO/Joshua Weilerstein 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.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Laudate! - 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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