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Monday May 21st
152 reviews completed so far this month

John Luther ADAMS (b. 1953) Four Thousand Holes Michael PISARO (b. 1961) Floating, drifting - Ian Pace (piano), Simon Limbrick (percussion) rec. 2017 LOUTH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SOCIETY LCMS1701 [68:55] [JW] Well performed, but the Pisaro is interminable.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Violin Concerto - Janine Andrade (violin), Hamburg Pro Musica/Hans-Jürgen Walther rec. c. 1959 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1370 [76:20] [SG] Two valuable documents making a welcome comeback to the catalogue in superb restorations, though I do have strong reservations regarding the Tchaikovsky.

David DIAMOND (1915–2005) Symphony No. 6, Rounds, Romeo & Juliet - Indiana University CO & PO/Arthur Fagen rec. 2016/17 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559842 [65:00] [RB] Music and readings that are telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded.

Duarte LOBO (c1565-1646) Missa Vox clamantis Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (c1548-1611) Missa Semile est regnum caelorum Sebastián de VIVANCO (c1551-1622) Magnificat - Truro Cathedral Ch/Christopher Gray, Luke Bond (organ) rec. 2016 REGENT REGCD491 [61:32] [JV] If you love choral music of the Renaissance, this is a disc you should not miss.

Amanda MAIER (1853-1894) Preludes Julius RÖNTGEN (1855-1932) Julklapp! & Neckens Polska Amanda MAIER & Julius RÖNTGEN Zwiegespräche - Bengt Forsberg (piano, organ), Hanna Aberg (voice), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin) DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD185 [69:27] [SSi] An excellent addition to the growing discography of this married couple.

Johann Melchior MOLTER (1696-1765) Sinfonias & Cantatas - Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano) Reuss CO/Werner Ehrhardt rec. 2015 CPO 5550282 [72:27] [CRo] A welcome addition to the slender discography of Molter’s output.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Piano Quartets - Kuijken Piano Qt rec. 2016 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72758 SACD [66.34] [RBe] Intensely musical performances.

Gráinne MULVEY (b. 1966) Aeolus Christopher FOX (b.1955) untouch rec. 2017 METIER MDS29006 [24:20] [JF] Something different, but still enjoyable.

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Elégie - A Heart in Exile - Lucy Parham (piano), Henry Goodman (narrator) rec. 2017 DEUX-ELLES DXL1178 [56:16 + 48:47] [RWe] A fascinating exploration of the mighty Russian’s eventful life, strong opinions and superb piano music.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphonies Nos 5 & 6 - Royal Liverpool PO/Andrew Manze rec. 2017 ONYX 4184 [70:12] [WH] Those who collect Manze’s Vaughan Williams cycle can hardly go wrong, even if other performances of either symphony are more satisfying.

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by Tony Scotland publ. 2018 Shelf Lives [JF] An attractive short read, which will appeal particularly to those with an enthusiasm for Lennox Berkeley.


[New] Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Spring 2018 Pt 3 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

[New] Off the beaten track with Schubert's Sixth by Christopher Howell

[New] Stanfordian thoughts - 1. Phaudrig Crohoore by Christopher Howell

Elgar and other British composers in Sussex by Ian Lace

Tallis's Spem in Alium - a comparative review by Ralph Moore

Classical Music on Stamps This week: The Chopin International Piano Competition


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