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Tuesday February 28th
212 reviews completed so far this month

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Symphony, PoŔme de l’amour et de la mer Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Printemps - Kathleen Ferrier (alto) Boston SO/Charles Munch, HallÚ O/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1951/62 PRAGA DIGITALS [JQ] Vivid performances by Charles Munch in serviceable transfers.

Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) The Complete Organ Works Vol. 13 - Stefan Engels (organ) rec. 2015 PRIORY [MR] An astonishing instrument and an astonishing player get to grips with music which is occasionally weird, often idiosyncratic but always fascinating to hear.

Michael NYMAN (b. 1944) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Matthew Trevi˝o (bass) Rebecca Sj÷wall (soprano) Nashville Opera/Dean Williamson rec. 2014 NAXOS [BMC] A valuable and satisfying addition to the catalogue restoring this celebrated Nyman opera to general availability.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concertos - Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin) NDR Elbphilharmonie O/Alan Gilbert rec. 2012/2015 BIS SACD [MC] Stunningly performed and recorded, Zimmermann’s inspiring release on BIS deserves substantial praise.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Cantatas - Johann RosenmŘller Ens/Susanne Rohn rec. 2016 CHRISTOPHORUS [ST] This makes a good well-rounded introduction to Telemann's church music.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Piano Music - Mark Bebbington, Rebecca Omordia (piano) rec. 2016 SOMM [IL] An important addition to the Vaughan Williams discography.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Chamber Symphonies Nos 1-4, Piano Quintet - Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer (violin), Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla rec. 2015 ECM [SG] Refined and polished performances, in convincing interpretations.

20th Century Italian Piano Music rec. 2010-16 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [SSi] A valuable addition to the catalogue. It offers a large range of piano styles. A real bargain for the listener to boot.

Popular Operatic Overtures Philharmonia O/William Boughton rec. 1988 NIMBUS [SB] A well-chosen, well prepared and enjoyable set of overtures.

New South American Discoveries Norwegian Radio O/Miguel Harth-Bedoya rec. 2014/15 HARMONIA MUNDI [RB] A pain-free sampling of the continent's music-making.


[New] Some Independent Label Recordings: January-February 2017 - Part 2 by Brian Wilson

[New] An interview with baritone Michael Volle by Michael Cookson

[New] Mozart 225: Part 1 by Michael Greenhalgh

[New] Listening Studio Report by John Quinn

Forgotten Artists: Maryla Jonas by Christopher Howell

Gareth Glyn's Anglesey Sketches – Revisited by John France

The Operas of Charles Gounod by Nick Fuller (4 MB pdf file)


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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