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Friday July 3rd
30 reviews completed so far this month
Edward Greenfield, critic & broadcaster
3 July, 1928 – 1 July, 2015

Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) Adriana Lecouvreur - Magda Olivero, Juan Oncina, O Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli/Oliviero de Fabritiis rec. 1963 TESTAMENT [RMo] I am not sure why this 1963 live recording has been issued.

Billy MAYERL (1902-1959) Piano Music Vol. 2 - Philip Martin (piano) rec. 2014 SOMM [IL] Hardly wayward Mayerl, nevertheless often very satisfying.

Simon MAYR (1763-1838) Il sogno di Partenope - Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz, Simon Mayr Ch & Ens/Franz Hauk rec. 2012 NAXOS [RWe] An allegorical confection in early bel canto style - considerable charm and more than charm.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartets - Alban Berg Qt rec. 1994/97 WARNER CLASSICS [DC] Schubert live, and richly intense.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) String Quartets - Pavel Haas Qt rec. 2014 SUPRAPHON [SA] A truly memorable disc that must surely find a place in anyone’s CD collection.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Feuersnot - Markus Eiche, Lars Woldt, Munich Radio O/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2014 CPO [PCG] Yields little if anything to its predecessors in presenting a work that deserves to be treated as more than just a curiosity of interest only to Strauss completists.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Capriccio Italien; Romeo and Juliet; Francesca da Rimini; 1812 Overture - Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2009-2013 CLASSIC FM [MC] Many Tchaikovsky devotees will, quite understandably, be anxious to add this stunning disc to their collections.

Emma Kirkby (soprano) The Complete Recitals rec. 1978-97 L’OISEAU-LYRE [SSi] A box set to savour, one which not only emphasises the artistry of the performer, but also the development of historically informed performance practice.

Martha Mödl (soprano/mezzo-soprano) The Queen of Drama in Opera rec. 1950-58 DOCUMENTS [GF] For Mödl admirers this shouldn’t be missed but even those who have never heard her should find a goldmine here.

Vassily Sapellnikoff and Xaver Scharwenka (piano) The Complete Recordings rec. 1910-27 APR [JW] This splendid twofer is priced as for one, which makes its appeal even greater.


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