Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas Nos 1,
5 & 10 -
Lorenzo Gatto (violin)
Julien Libeer (piano)
rec. 2017 ALPHA 407 [70:32] [RHa] Searching and mature accounts of these sonatas by two youngish Belgians in deluxe sound that stand up extremely well in the face of some stiff competition.
CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes -
Ingrid Fliter (piano) rec. 2017 LINN
CKD565 [2 CDs: 107:07] [SG]
These Nocturnes rival the very best in the
DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trios
Nos 3 & 4 - Mori Trio rec. 2017 HÄNSSLER
CLASSIC HC17072 [71.34] [MC] Excellent
unity and intonation, but not ideal sound.
Steve ELCOCK (b. 1957) Orchestral Music Vol. 1
Royal Liverpool PO/Paul Mann rec. 2017 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0400 [72:16]
[RB] Troubled, restless and seething with action and incident.
ENESCU (1881-1955) Strigoii,
Pastorale fantaisie - Rodica Vica (soprano)
Tiberius Simu (tenor) Rundfunk-SO Berlin/Gabriel
Bebeșelea rec. 2017 CAPRICCIO C5346
[55:35] [RMo] An important release containing
two premiere recordings.
HINDEMITH Sonatas for solo viola - Laura Menegozzo (viola)
rec. 2015 STEFANO SCIASCIA PRODUCTION
SSP2016 [75:11] [SSi] Not the best
version of Hindemith’s wonderful sonatas
for solo viola, whilst the poor production values
Franz LACHNER (1803-1890)
Catharina Cornaro -
Kristiane Kaiser (soprano) Daniel Kirch (tenor) Bavarian Radio
Ch, Munich Radio O/Ralf Weikert
rec. 2012 CPO 777 812-2 [2 CDs: 151:58] [MBu]
A very enjoyable issue.
Steve REICH (b. 1936)
Colin Currie Group,
Synergy Vocals rec. 2017 COLIN CURRIE RECORDS CCR0001 [55:09]
[PB-W] Strongly recommended if one does not dislike minimalism.
Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007) Klavierstücke
I–VIII & XI -
David Tudor (piano)
rec. 1958/59 HAT[NOW]ART 172 [69.36] [MB]
An important reissue.
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Romeo and Juliet
Overture, Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 - Concertgebouw
O Amsterdam/Willem Mengelberg rec. 1927-1930
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stirringly 'sticky' and heroic
pace was so popular.
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