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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
Transparent Granite!

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 November 16th
125 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas Nos 1, 5 & 10 - Lorenzo Gatto (violin) Julien Libeer (piano) rec. 2017 ALPHA 407 [70:32] [RHa] Searching and mature accounts of these sonatas by two youngish Belgians in deluxe sound that stand up extremely well in the face of some stiff competition.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturnes - Ingrid Fliter (piano) rec. 2017 LINN CKD565 [2 CDs: 107:07] [SG] These Nocturnes rival the very best in the catalogue. 

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Piano Trios Nos 3 & 4 - Mori Trio rec. 2017 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC17072 [71.34] [MC] Excellent unity and intonation, but not ideal sound.

Steve ELCOCK (b. 1957) Orchestral Music Vol. 1 - Royal Liverpool PO/Paul Mann rec. 2017 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0400 [72:16] [RB] Troubled, restless and seething with action and incident.

George ENESCU (1881-1955) Strigoii, Pastorale fantaisie - Rodica Vica (soprano) Tiberius Simu (tenor) Rundfunk-SO Berlin/Gabriel Bebeșelea rec. 2017 CAPRICCIO C5346 [55:35] [RMo] An important release containing two premiere recordings.

Paul HINDEMITH Sonatas for solo viola - Laura Menegozzo (viola) rec. 2015 STEFANO SCIASCIA PRODUCTION SSP2016 [75:11] [SSi] Not the best version of Hindemith’s wonderful sonatas for solo viola, whilst the poor production values are lamentable.

Franz LACHNER (1803-1890) Catharina Cornaro - Kristiane Kaiser (soprano) Daniel Kirch (tenor) Bavarian Radio Ch, Munich Radio O/Ralf Weikert rec. 2012 CPO 777 812-2 [2 CDs: 151:58] [MBu] A very enjoyable issue.

Steve REICH (b. 1936) Drumming - Colin Currie Group, Synergy Vocals rec. 2017 COLIN CURRIE RECORDS CCR0001 [55:09] [PB-W] Strongly recommended if one does not dislike minimalism.

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007) Klavierstücke I–VIII & XI - David Tudor (piano) rec. 1958/59 HAT[NOW]ART 172 [69.36] [MB] An important reissue.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Overture, Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 - Concertgebouw O Amsterdam/Willem Mengelberg rec. 1927-1930 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC511 [59:29 + 68:17] [RB] One can see why Mengelberg's stirringly 'sticky' and heroic pace was so popular.


[New] Strauss' Four Last Songs - a survey by Ralph Moore

[New] A Selection Box from Rachel Talitman's Harp & Co. - a survey by Rob Barnett

[New] George Walker - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

National discography update: Finnish & Baltic Symphonies ~ Scandinavian Concertos ~ Scandinavian Symphonies

Puccini's La rondine - a survey by Ralph Moore

Stanfordian Thoughts: 7. Not-Quite-Concertos by Christopher Howell

Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur - a survey by Ralph Moore

The Music of Gabriel Dupont by Andrew Hartman

Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Autumn 2018/2 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

Classical Music on Stamps This week: More unlikely stamps


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