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Monday June 27th
174 reviews completed so far this month

Harry Rabinowitz, conductor and composer
26 March, 1916 – 22 June, 2016

Maurizio CAZZATI (1616-1678) Mass & Psalms - Ens Voces Suaves/Francesco Saverio Pedrini; Adrien Pièce (organ) rec. 2015 CLAVES [JV] Good, straight performances with fine singing and playing.

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Violin Concerto Josef HAYDN (1732-1809) Concerto for violin & piano - Igor Oistrakh (violin) Natalia Zertsalova (keyboard) Moscow State Philharmonic SO/Valentin Zhuk rec. 1984/85 MELODIYA [RB] Delightful … a grand version of the Elgar that will speak to music-lovers everywhere.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Études d'exécution transcendante - Dinara Klinton (piano) rec. 2015 GENUIN CLASSICS [RWe] Few recent accounts of these works are as completely satisfying as this.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Turandot - Daniela Dessì, Massimo La Guardia, O & Ch Teatro Carlo Felice/Donato Renzetti rec. 2012 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [MC] Giuliano Montaldo’s staging provides satisfaction and succeeds in bringing the characters convincingly to life.

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Symphonies 1 & 3 - Berlin RSO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2015 NAXOS [RMay] Distinctive accounts that do much to rehabilitate the hitherto much maligned and little loved third symphony.

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto 2 Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Piano Concerto - Xiayin Wang (piano), Royal Scottish Ntl O/Peter Oundjian rec. 2015 CHANDOS SACD [NB] An enjoyable disc which further elevates the good opinions already formed of Xiayin Wang's exceptional talent.

John STANLEY (1713-1786) Organ Concertos - Northern Sinfonia O/Gerald Gifford (organ) CRD [PCG] Music which is otherwise unavailable in performances that are excellent both in manner and recording.

Great European Organs Vol. 100: The Organ of Liverpool Cathedral - David Poulter (organ) rec. 2015 PRIORY [MR] Prexit: Priory get out of Europe with a major celebration of British greatness.

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Pleasures and Treasures
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration rec. 1965-2012 SSAYDISC [RB] Diverting and varied listening.


[New] Piano Trio Survey: Mid-2016 Update by David Barker

[New] Forgotten Artists: Pietro Argento by Christopher Howell

Arnold's Cornish Dances: 50th Anniversary by John France

Download News 2016/7 by Brian Wilson

Arthur Bliss's Edinburgh overture by John France

MWI Recommends: Barber Violin concerto & Dvorak Slavonic dances.


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