Edward Greenfield, critic & broadcaster
3 July, 1928 – 1 July, 2015
Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur
Magda Olivero, Juan Oncina, O Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli/Oliviero de Fabritiis rec. 1963
I am not sure why this 1963 live recording has been issued.
Billy MAYERL (1902-1959) Piano Music
Vol. 2 -
Philip Martin (piano) rec. 2014
Hardly wayward Mayerl, nevertheless often very satisfying.
Simon MAYR (1763-1838) Il sogno di Partenope
Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz, Simon Mayr Ch & Ens/Franz Hauk rec. 2012
An allegorical confection in early bel canto style - considerable charm and more than charm.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartets -
Alban Berg Qt rec. 1994/97
WARNER CLASSICS [DC]
Schubert live, and richly intense.
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartets -
Pavel Haas Qt rec. 2014
A truly memorable disc that must surely find a place in anyone’s CD collection.
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Feuersnot
Markus Eiche, Lars Woldt, Munich Radio O/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2014
Yields little if anything to its predecessors in presenting a work that deserves to be treated as more than just a curiosity of interest only to Strauss completists.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Capriccio Italien; Romeo and Juliet; Francesca da Rimini; 1812 Overture
Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2009-2013
CLASSIC FM [MC]
Many Tchaikovsky devotees will, quite understandably, be anxious to add this stunning disc to their collections.
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
The Complete Recitals rec. 1978-97
A box set to savour, one which not only emphasises the artistry of the performer, but also the development of historically informed performance practice.
Martha Mödl (soprano/mezzo-soprano) The Queen of Drama in Opera rec. 1950-58
For Mödl admirers this shouldn’t be missed but even those who have never heard her should find a goldmine here.
Vassily Sapellnikoff and Xaver Scharwenka (piano)
The Complete Recordings
This splendid twofer is priced as for one, which makes its appeal even greater.
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