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Friday January 30th
203 reviews completed so far this month

Edwin York BOWEN (1884-1961) Viola Sonatas 1 & 2; Phantasy - Matthew Jones (viola), Michael Hampton (piano) rec. 2011 NAXOS [EML] Anyone and everyone should hear these pieces but I favour the Boyd/Forsberg performances on Dutton Vocalion.

Louis GLASS (1864 – 1936); Symphony 3 Forest; Summer Life Staatsorchester Rheinische Phil/Daniel Raiskin rec. 2009 CPO [GF] Those with an interest in Nordic music should be able to derive quite a lot of pleasure from this issue.

Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739) Sonatas - Jacques Vandeville (oboe) Jean-Michel Louchart (organ) rec. 2014 SYRIUS [DC] An unlikely first choice.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) The Essential Orchestral Favorites - Pekka Kuusisto (violin) Helsinki PO/Leif Segerstam rec. 1939-2007 ONDINE [LW] A special edition with idiomatic performances to celebrate Sibelius’s sesquicentennial.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore - Misha Didyk, Marina Poplavskaya, Scott Hendricks, La Monnaie/Marc Minkowski rec. 2012 BEL AIR CLASSIQUES DVD [JS] More than most discs this DVD is a case of caveat emptor.

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) Easter Week: Lamentations and Tenebrae Responsories - Ch Trinity College, Cambridge/Richard Marlow rec. 1990 ALTO [JW] Music that is finely contrasted and is here conveyed with urgent warmth.

The Great Carlo Bergonzi rec. 1959-77 RCA RED SEAL [RJF] The presentation and sequencing of the extracts mars some incomparable tenor operatic singing as a wholly commendable issue.

The Medici Castrato: A Homage to Gualberto Magli - Raffaele Pe (counter-tenor) Chiara Granata (triple harp) David Miller (theorbo) rec. 2013 GLOSSA [JW] This precisely targeted concept album rewards close listening.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Suites & Overtures for the Radio Staatsoperette O Dresden/Ernst Theis rec. 2006-11 CPO [NB] A hugely valuable addition to the discography of music in the Weimar Republic.

In an Old Abbey British Organ Music - Paul Walton (organ) rec. 2013 REGENT [WK] High quality playing, good sound and an excellent choice of programme.


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