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16th-19th November

Nothing but Praise

BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set

Telemann continues to amaze

A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition

Another Bacewicz winner

match any I’ve heard

An outstanding centenary collection

personable, tuneful, approachable

a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.

music that will be new to most people

telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded

hitherto unrecorded Latvian music


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Friday July 20th
119 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No. 5, Sonata No. 27 - Alessio Bax (piano) Southbank Sinfonia/Simon Over rec. 2017 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD525 [64.52] [RBe] Bax is not at his best here.

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Cello concerto & Transcriptions - Brinton Averil Smith (cello) Evelyn Chen (piano) Houston SO/Kazuki Yamada rec. 2017 NAXOS 8.573820 [58:07] [BSt] Another very attractive performance of this concerto - and this is probably the version to live with.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Brian FERNEYHOUGH (b. 1943) Liber Scintillarum, Plötzlichkelt, Missa Brevis, La Terre est un Homme - ensemble recherche, Olivia Robinson, Jennifer Adams-Barbaro (sopranos) Cherith Millburn-Fryer (alto) BBC SO/Martyn Brabbins, EXAUDI/James Weeks rec. 2006-12 NMC D231 [68:05] [SG] Exciting and challenging, yet the rewards are manifold.

Karel JANOVICKÝ (b.1930) Rainsongs - Manchester Camerata Ens rec. 2014/16 PRIMAFACIE PFCD060 [63:39] [JF] A well performed taster from a very large catalogue of compositions.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 12 - Andrea Bacchetti (piano) O Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova/Fabio Luisi rec. 2013/2015 CONCERTO CLASSICS 2106 [59:34] [DC] Uneven recordings, but fine performances.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca - Leontyne Price (soprano) Plácido Domingo (tenor) Sherrill Milnes (baritone) New Philharmonia O/Zubin Mehta rec. 1972 RCA 88697448122 [45:37 + 66:30] [RMo] Not the subtlest or most nuanced version but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.


 [New] Listening Studio Report - July 2018 by John Quinn

[New] Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro: A review of the discography by Ralph Moore

Stanfordian Thoughts: 3. The Second Violin Concerto by Christopher Howell

Mozart's Cosi fan tutte: A review of the discography by Ralph Moore

Bartók's Duke Bluebeard: A partial survey of the discography by Ralph Moore

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Summer 2018 Pt 1 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Classical Music on Stamps This week: Organs


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