Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 5,
Sonata No. 27 -
Alessio Bax (piano)
Southbank Sinfonia/Simon Over rec. 2017 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD525 [64.52]
[RBe] Bax is not at his best here.
Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Cello concerto
& Transcriptions -
Brinton Averil Smith (cello)
Evelyn Chen (piano)
Houston SO/Kazuki Yamada rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573820 [58:07]
[BSt] Another very attractive performance of this concerto - and this is probably the version to live with.
OF THE MONTHBrian FERNEYHOUGH
(b. 1943) Liber Scintillarum, Plötzlichkelt,
Missa Brevis, La Terre est un Homme - ensemble
recherche, Olivia Robinson, Jennifer Adams-Barbaro (sopranos)
Cherith Millburn-Fryer (alto) BBC SO/Martyn
Brabbins, EXAUDI/James Weeks rec. 2006-12
NMC D231 [68:05] [SG] Exciting
and challenging, yet the rewards are manifold.
Karel JANOVICKÝ (b.1930) Rainsongs - Manchester Camerata Ens rec. 2014/16 PRIMAFACIEPFCD060 [63:39]
A well performed taster from a very large catalogue of compositions.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano
Concertos Nos. 9 & 12 - Andrea Bacchetti
(piano) O Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova/Fabio
Luisi rec. 2013/2015 CONCERTO CLASSICS
2106 [59:34] [DC] Uneven recordings,
but fine performances.
PUCCINI (1858-1924)Tosca - Leontyne
Price (soprano) Plácido Domingo (tenor) Sherrill
Milnes (baritone) New Philharmonia
O/Zubin Mehta rec. 1972 RCA88697448122 [45:37 + 66:30]
[RMo] Not the subtlest or most nuanced version
but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.
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