Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf; The Banner of Saint George
- Bergen PO & Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2014
CHANDOS SACD A splendid new recording of King Olaf [JQ] One cannot fail to be impressed by Elgar's ability to write engaging music for these prosaic texts [JF].
Hermann GOETZ (1840-1876) Complete Piano Works -
Christof Keymer (piano) rec. 2011
I’m glad to have had the opportunity to take in Goetz’s solo piano works in one go.
Wim HENDERICKX (b.1962) Disappearing in Light; Raga III; The Four Elements
HERMESensemble/Wim Henderickx rec. 2011
One composer's interpretation of distant worlds.
Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Fantasia; Adagio symphonique; Violin Concerto Sylvio LAZZARI (1857-1944) Rapsodie -
Philippe Graffin (violin) Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2013
All in all, then, an attractive disc which will certainly not disappoint, and one which would grace any manner of CD collection.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Symphony 6 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night's Dream
Philharmonia O/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 2009
SIGNUM CLASSICS [SV]
Combines a forthright musicality with a keen sense of orchestral colour.
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Symphony 10
Leonardo Neiva (baritone) Saulo Javan (bass) São Paulo SO & Ch/Isaac Karabtchevsky rec. 2013
Loud and garish Villa-Lobos.
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Fliegende Holländer
Terje Stensvold, Anjam Kampe, Christopher Ventris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Andris Nelsons rec. 2013
RCO LIVE [ST]
What struck me most of all was the lyricism and poetry.
Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Violin Concerto; Symphony 4 -
Ilya Gringolts (violin) Warsaw PO/Jacek Kaspszyk rec. 2013
WARNER CLASSICS [MC]
Weinberg has deservedly risen out of the pack of unjustly neglected composers.
Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
Last of the Romantics ALTO [SA]
We are unlikely to see his like again.
Smörgasbord Mats Lidström (cello) Bengt Forsberg (piano) rec. 2000
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