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Friday September 19th
131 reviews completed so far this month

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias - Alice Coote (mezzo) English Consort/Harry Bickett rec. 2012/13 HYPERION [RMo] Too many flaws and failings.

Robert KYR (b.1952) A Time for Life - Cappella Romana; Third Angle New Music/Alexander Lingas rec. 2009 CAPPELLA ROMANA [BR] An environmentalism oratorio, beautifully composed by Kyr, who also assembled the sometimes very preachy text.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 - Marlis Petersen (mezzo) Janina Baechle (soprano) Wiener Singakademie, Vienna CO/Gilbert Kaplan rec. 2013 AVIE [DD] A pointless reduction of a mighty work. This arrangement and recording are totally unnecessary.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Requiem - Genia Kühmeier (soprano) Bernarda Fink (alto) Mark Padmore (tenor) Gerald Finley (bass) Netherlands Radio Choir Royal Concertgebouw O/Mariss Jansons rec. 2011 RCO LIVE SACD [ST] Features pretty high in the rankings if you’re looking for a Mozart Requiem on modern instruments.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 1 & 4 - New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert rec. 2014 DACAPO SACD [DM] An overheated Fourth and a tepid First; not Gilbert at his best.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Monna Vanna Act I, Songs - Soile Isokoski (soprano) Moscow Conservatory Students Ch & SO/Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor, piano) rec. 2009/13 ONDINE [GF] Lovers of Rachmaninov’s music shouldn’t hesitate. Go and buy.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Songs & Romances - Ramon Vargas (tenor) Joanna Parisi (soprano) Charles Spencer (piano) rec. 2013 CAPRICCIO [GF] With the reservations I have expressed the disc should be a valuable addition to anyone’s collection.

Raymond Paige’s Classical Spice Shelf Stadium SO New York/Raymond Paige rec. 1958 EVEREST [JW] Great fun – but terrible playing time.

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