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Friday July 17th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Folk Songs - Paula Sophie Bohnet (soprano) Daniel Johannsen (tenor) Georg Klimbacher (baritone) Josef Herzer (violin) Bertin Christelbauer (cello) Bernadette Bartos (piano) rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574174 [73:33] [GF] A wholly delightful programme, excellently performed.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Cello Sonatas - Carl-Oscar 豷terlind (cello) Emil Gryesten (piano) rec. 2018/19 DANACORD DACOCD875 [74:47] [JF] Impressive and well-structured performances.

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Chamber & Instrumental Music - Peter Sheppard Sk鎟ved (violin) Roderick Chadwick (piano) Kreutzer Qt rec. 2017/19 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0538 [71:26][SSi] A varied and interesting disc, which would serve well as an introduction to the music of Peter Dickinson.

Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Early String Quartets & Vocal Works Vol. 3 - Maarten Koningsberger (baritone) Rudolf Jansen (piano) Fanny Mendelssohn Qt rec. 1995 TROUBADISC TROCD01411 [72:27] [JW] As ever, there’s much to enjoy.

Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Songs of Farewell Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Motets, Magnificat Alan GRAY (1855-1935) Magnificat - Ch Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec. 2019 HYPERION CDA68301 [64:45] [ST] Just edged by the Tenebrae recording, but a close run thing.

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) La Cuarto Estaciones Porte馻s Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Rondo Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Moz-Art ?la Haydn - Irish CO/Katherine Hunka (violin) rec. 2016/19 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100130 [58:02] [CSe] ‘Nuevo tango’ meets neoclassical bite with dynamism and style.

Gabriel PROKOFIEV (b. 1975) Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra No. 1, Cello Concerto - Mr Switch (turntables) Boris Andrianov (cello) Ural PO/Alexey Bogorad rec. 2018/19 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD628 [48:40] [RHa] A thrilling account of his legendary breakthrough piece and a fascinating cello concerto, as attractive as it is weird.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) I Due Foscari - Vladimir Stoyanov (baritone) Stefan Pop (tenor) Maria Katzarava (soprano) Ch Teatro Regio di Parma, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Paolo Arrivabeni rec. 2019 DYNAMIC Blu-ray 57865 [120 mins] [RJF] The simplistic staging fails to give colour or excitement to this performance.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Parsifal - Set Svanholm (tenor) Astrid Varnay (soprano) Hans Hotter (bass) Ch & O Metropolitan Opera/Fritz Stiedry rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO171 [4 CDs: 264:04] [CC] Plenty to offer, particularly from the triumvirate of Svanholm, Hotter and Varnay.

Grigory Sokolov (piano) Works by Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart rec. 2017-2019 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4836570 [CD: 47:52 + 79:03; DVD: 139 mins] [SG] Inspirational performances, created on the wing.

Thursday July 16th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Beethoven Unknown - Matthias Kirschnereit (piano) BERLIN CLASSICS 0301409BC [74:08] [MZ] An interesting potpourri of little gems by Beethoven, played with verve and style but some unhappy diversions from the score are very ill-advised.

Blagoje BERSA (1873-1934) Complete Piano Music Vol. 2 - Goran Filipec (piano) rec. 2019 GRAND PIANO RECORDS GP832 [67:46] [RCh] An entertaining and exciting exploration of this Croatian Romantic.

Nigel CLARKE (b. 1960) Mysteries of the Horizon - Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Nigel Clarke, David Thornton, Sandy Smith rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574097 [69:14] [RHa] Four visually inspired works for band in outstanding performances.

Rob KEELEY (b. 1960) Orchestral Music - Liepāja SO, Málaga PO/Paul Mann rec. 2018/20 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0462 [78:12] [JF] Music that balances modernity with tradition.

Halina KRZYŻANOWSKA (1867-1937) Cello Sonata, Violin Sonata, String Quartet - Anna Wróbel (cello), Grzegorz Skrobiński (piano), Andrzej Gębski (violin), Małgorzata Marczyk (piano), Camerata Vistula String Quartet rec. 2019 DUX 7647 [56:43] [JW] The fine performances and recording show these three works in the best light.

Fanny MENDELSSOHN HENSEL (1805-1847) Lied Edition Vol. 1 - Anne Grimm (soprano) Roswitha M黮ler (mezzo) Kobie van Rensburg (tenor) Maarten Koningsberger (baritone) Kelvin Grout (piano) rec. 1999-2001 TROUBADISC TROCD01420 [60:32] [GF] Certainly not without merits but prospective buyers are advised to sample before placing their orders.

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater Nicola Antonio PORPORA (1686-1768) Salve Regina Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) Beatus vir qui timet - Sandrine Piau (soprano) Christopher Lowrey (countertenor) Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2018 ALPHA 449 [66:11] [MP] A bold and lively performance coupled with superb recording quality makes for refreshed listening.

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Le Langage des Fleurs - Ann Martin-Davis (piano) rec. 2019 GUILD GMCD7825 [68:42] [MR] Ann Martin-Davis’s often desiccated approach to Ravel pays dividends in its textural clarity and delicacy of touch.

Louis THIRION (1879-1966) Violin Sonata, Piano Sonata, Cello Sonata - Solenne Païdassi (violin), Henri Demarquette (cello), Laurent Wagschal (piano) rec. 2018 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1750 [74:06] [SG] Scores which simultaneously interest and stimulate.

Elinor Frey (cello) Guided by Voices rec. 2018 ANALEKTA AN29162 [77:40] [GPu] A pioneering ‘cross-breeding’ between new composers and an old instrument, which has produced some consistently interesting music.

Wednesday July 15th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The 6 Piano Concertos - Gottlieb Wallisch (fortepiano) O Wiener Akademie/Martin Haselb鯿k rec. 2017-20 CPO 555 329-2 [3 CDs: 210:05] [SSi] A most rewarding set, which only the fiercest fortepiano detractors may not enjoy.

Arthur BUTTERWORTH (1934-2014) Symphony No.1 Ruth GIPPS (1921-99) Symphony No. 2 Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Organ Concerto - M黱chner Symphoniker, Royal Aarhus Academy SO/Douglas Bostock rec. 1998/2001 MUSICAL CONCEPTS MC3015 [77:37] [CSe] A lovely trio of compositions for those with a fondness for inventiveness, idiosyncrasy and whimsey, of a particularly English kind.

Fr閐閞ic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Chamber works - Johann Blanchard (piano) Parnassus Akademie rec. 2017/18 MDG 303 2110-2 [74:19] [SB] A curious exploration of some of the byways of Chopin’s works.

Ed HUGHES (b. 1968) Time, Space & Change - O Sound & Light/Ed Hughes, New Music Players/Nicholas Smith rec. 2018 M蒚IER MSV28597 [71:35] [RHa] Further evidence of Ed Hughes’ impressive mastery of the niche soundtrack genre and two more challenging but equally rewarding concert works.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 2 - Chen Reiss (soprano) Tamara Mumford (mezzo) Orfe?Catal? Palau M鷖ica Catalana Chamber Ch, Munich PO/Gustavo Dudamel rec.  2019 UNITEL EDITION Blu-ray 802904 [91 mins] [RC] Great Mahler in any format.

Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria rusticana - Melody Moore (soprano) Brian Jagde (tenor) MDR Rundfunkchor, Dresdner PO/Marek Janowski rec. 2019 PENTATONE PTC5186772 SACD [66:06] [MC] This account does not pack sufficient emotional punch.

Ethel SMYTH (1858-1944) Chamber Music & Songs Vol. 4 - Maarten Koningsberger (baritone) Friedemann Kupsa (cello) Anna Silova, Kelvin Grout (piano) rec. 1997 TROUBADISC TROCD01417 [67:53] [JW] A pioneering series.

 Lisa Batiashvili (violin) City Lights - Berlin RSO; Georgian Philharmonic O/Nikoloz Rachveli  rec. 2019 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4838586 [65:55] [BW]  Not a great recording but a very enjoyable release which deserves to sell well.

Impromptus, Songs and Consolations Works by Liszt & Schubert - Viacheslav Apostel-Pankratowsky (piano) rec. 2018/2019 GENUIN GEN20556 [75:12] [DD] A promising debut recital and an interesting selection of pieces.

Willem Mengelberg (conductor) Columbia Concertgebouw Recordings Vol. 1 rec. 1926-31 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC595 [2 CDs: 153:24] [PSt] Some performances which are simply superb, and none that are without interest.

Tuesday July 14th

Johann Bernhard BACH (1676-1749) Orchestral Suites - Th黵inger Bach Collegium rec. 2019 AUDITE 97.770 [82:22] [JV] Overall I have quite enjoyed these performances.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Trios Nos 3 & 7 - Vienna Piano Trio rec. 2019 MDG 942 2155-6 SACD [73:35] [DD] Thrilling and highly persuasive renditions of these wonderful works.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) L'Enfance du Christ - Tenebrae Ch London SO/Sir Colin Davis rec. 2006 LSO LIVE LSO0606 SACD [41:05 + 55:29] [RMo] Consistency and gentle beauty.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies Nos 3 & 5 - Felicity Palmer (soprano) Thomas Allen (baritone) London SO/Fran鏾is Huybrechts, O Suisse Romande/Paul Kletzki rec. 1969/74 ELOQUENCE 482 8570 [75:28] [PBW] One unconventional and one straightforward performance.

Henry Cotter NIXON (1842-1907) Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 3 - Ana T鰎鰇 (violin) Kod醠y PO, Liepāja SO/Paul Mann rec. 2016/20 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0374 [65:50] [JW] This series has added to our knowledge of British music of this period.

Patrick OZZARD-LOW (b. 1958) In Opposition - Andrew Zolinsky (piano); Elisabeth Smalt (viola) rec. 2015/17 KAIROS RECORDINGS 0015067KAI [67:02] [DC] Not easy, but ultimately worth the effort.

Adam POUNDS (b. 1954) & Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Chamber works - Dinah Pounds (flute) Adam Pounds (guitar) Anna Lightbown (piano) Goldfield Ens, Bingham String Qt, Michaelhouse Chamber Ens CAMBRIDGE RECORDINGS CAMREC007 [59:31] [JF] An enjoyable disc of chamber music.

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol; Russian Easter Festival Overture; Scheherazade - Oslo PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2019 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1198 [74:57] [RMay] First rate sound showcases a fine Scheherazade but somewhat underwhelming accounts of the other two pieces.

Ian VENABLES (b. 1955) Love Lies Beyond the Tomb – Mary Bevan (soprano); Allan Clayton (tenor) Carducci String Qt, Graham J. Lloyd (piano) rec. 2019 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD617 [78:42] [WH] Two glorious singers in a fine collection from a master of song.

Rudolf Kerer (piano) Concertos & Sonatas rec. 1961-84 DOREMI DHR-8086-90 [5 CDs: 380:24] [RCh] A treasure trove from an unfamiliar Russian master.

Monday July 13th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Piano Trios Vol. 5 - Van Baerle Trio rec. 2019 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72801 SACD [73:15] [DC] Surprise extras: a fitting addition to a fine series.

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Dedications - Angelo Arciglione (piano) rec. 2019 DIGRESSIONE MUSIC DCTT100 [45:47] [GPu] A persuasively played and well recorded CD, to which I shall certainly return frequently.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonatas Vol. 4 - Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2015 NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6345 [65:15] [DD] Another totally absorbing volume in this fascinating, uncompromising and absorbing series.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Concertos and Ouverture - Vincent Lauzer (recorder), Mathieu Lussier (bassoon) Arion O Baroque/Mathieu Lussier, Alexander Weimann rec. 2015/2019 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22789 [59:41] [CRo] Winningly sophisticated performances.

Pēteris VASKS (b. 1946) Viola Concerto, Symphony for Strings - Sinfonietta Rīga/Maxim Rysanov (viola) rec. 2018 BIS BIS-2443 SACD [65:44] [ST] Poignant, heartfelt, unforgettable.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) The Beethoven Connection: Sonatas by W鰈fl, Clementi, Hummel & Dussek rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20128 [82:29] [RC] If the repertoire appeals, you won't be disappointed by this fine CD.

Continuo, addio! Duets, Sonatas & Caprices for violin & cello - Duo Tartini rec. 2018 MUSO MU-031 [75:32] [JV] An interesting and musically compelling journey.

Couples in Love and Music Sabina Bisholt (soprano) Bengt-舓e Lundin (piano) rec. 2019 DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD192 [60:57] [GF] Anyone interested in the byways of art songs should find a lot of interest here.

History of the Salon Vaughan Jones (violin), Marcus Price (piano) rec. 2019 FIRST HAND RECORDS FHR80 [82:50] [JW] You don’t have to bathe in the lulling waters of nostalgia to enjoy this disc.

They that in ships unto the sea down go Music for the Mayflower - Passamezzo rec. 2019 RESONUS CLASSICS RES10263 [61.23] [GH] An attractive and fascinating programme.

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