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Monday September 1st
8 reviews completed so far this month

Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Sonatina; Rhapsodic Ballad; Folk-Tale; Legend-Sonata - Lionel Handy (cello) Nigel Clayton (piano) rec. 2012 SLEEVELESS RECORDS [RB] Bax enthusiasts and lovers of late-romantic cello music should seek this out.

Ludovico EINAUDI (b. 1955) Passagio - Lavinia Meijer (harp) rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [BR] What's the purpose of art? This isn't it.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Jahreszeiten - Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Florian Bosch, Vienna PO & State Opera Ch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 2013 EUROARTS DVD [JS] A reliable guide to the supreme genius of this work but audio alternatives give a better impression of its quality.

Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b.1934) Piano works: 1949-2009 - Richard Casey (piano) rec. 2010 PRIMA FACIE [PCG] A valuable collection, with no competition in the current catalogues.

Cindy McTEE (b. 1953) Circuits, Symphony 1, Einstein's Dream, Double Play - Detroit SO/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2010/2012 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS [DD] Exciting pieces from an inspired modern composer in exemplary performances.

Ignaz PLEYEL (1757-1831) Sinfonies Concertantes; Bassoon Concerto - Hanna Dönneweg (bassoon) SWR RSO/Johannes Moesus rec. 2010 CPO [TB] Scoring highly on facility and technique, but lower on imagination and drama though well worth hearing.

Domenico ZIPOLI (1688-1726) Sonate d'intavolatura per cimbalo - Sergio Vartolo (harpsichord) rec. 1991 TACTUS [BBa] Rich in musical ideas, often brimming with charm and felicity.

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Sleep Songs Caitríona O’Leary (voice) Dúlra rec. 2011 HERESY [GPJ] A unique and beautifully produced album, bringing together imaginative research and rich musical talent. These ancient Irish songs come magically to life.


[New] Everest - A Second Round by Rob Barnett

[New] Mieczyslaw Weinberg Resource page and review indexes

[New] Julius Harrison's Cornish Holiday Sketches by John France

William Alwyn's Concerto Grosso No. 3 – A Half Century Retrospective by John France

Download News 2014/10 by Brian Wilson, Geoffrey Molyneux & Kirk McElhearn

Elgar and the Great War: The Spirit of England by John Quinn

Forgotten Artists: Franz André by Christopher Howell

A survey of Everest reissues by John Whitmore

Harold Schonberg The Last Of The Traditionalist American Music Writers by Frank T. Manheim

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Julian Lloyd-Webber's last filmed performance - available to watch free

A Dream Of Germany: Music’s War-torn World 1914 - four concerts of music related to WWI on October 5 in London - see here for the Press Release (pdf)

Press release from EM Records about a new release Irish Idylls: piano music by Stanford, Bax & Rosenthal

London performances of Stanislaw Moniuszko's opera Halka in October - details here.

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