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Monday October 5th
36 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 1 & 2 - O Wiener Akademie/Martin Haselböck rec. 2014 ALPHA [BR] Very good Beethoven performances by an excellent period-instrument orchestra, undermined by absurd booklet notes.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Barabino Chopin Vol. 4 - Adolfo Barabino (piano) London SO/Lee Reynolds rec. 2014 CLAUDIO DVD-A [DBi] Lovely sensitive performances beautifully recorded. A good purchase.

Wilhelm FITZENHAGEN (1848-1890) Cello Concertos Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Variations on a Rococo Theme - Alban Gerhardt (cello) Deutsches SO Berlin/Stefan Blunier rec. 2013 HYPERION [MC] Those interested in virtually forgotten late-Romantics might well want to explore. The music is superbly played.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Trios Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Quartets - Barthold Kuijken (transverse flute), Piet Kuijken (fortepiano), Wieland Kuijken (cello), Ewald Demeyere (harpsichord), Ann Cnop (viola) rec.2014 ACCENT [JV] Even if you have good recordings of these works in your collection there is every reason to add this set.

Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) Pelleas und Melisande; Violin Concerto - Kolja Blacher (violin) Gürzenich O Köln/Markus Stenz OEHMS CLASSICS [DC] Don't be put off by Mr Schönberg - he was a fun guy, really …

Phyllis TATE (1911-1987) The Lodger - Owen Brannigan (bass), Johanna Peters (mezzo), BBC Northern Singers & O/Sir Charles Groves rec. 1964 LYRITA [PCG] Of considerable interest as a piece of its period.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Queen of Spades - Misha Didyk (tenor) Tatiana Serjan (soprano) Larissa Diadkova (contralto) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Mariss Jansons rec. 2014 BR KLASSIK [ST] A worthy memento of what must have been some very engaging concerts.

Ernst Wilhelm WOLF (1735-1792) String Quartets - Pleyel Qt Köln rec. 2012 CPO [DC] Surprisingly inventive – you can’t go wrong with E.W. Wolf.

Entartete Musik Works for alto saxophone and piano - Duo Disecheis rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94874 [ST] Never less than classy ... probably most of interest to specialists.

The Genius of Film Music Hollywood Blockbusters 1960s-1980s - London PO/John Mauceri rec. 2013 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Not an unqualified success, but still worth hearing; a fair recording, too [DM] John Mauceri and the LPO treat us to great night at the movies [JQ].


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