Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Symphonies Nos 6
& 8 -
Vienna SO/Philippe Jordan
rec. 2017 WIENER SYMPHONIKER WS016 [65:22]
[MC] These are beautifully played accounts but they are perhaps not distinctive enough for some.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonatas FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1532-34 [3 CDs:
Jean Fournier (violin)
Ginette Doyen (piano)
rec. 1952-54 [JW] Full of subtle colour and flair in the best French tradition.
Havergal BRIAN (1876-1972)
Symphonies Nos 7 & 16, Tinker's Wedding Overture -
New Russia State SO/Alexander Walker rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.573959 [61:58]
[RB] Joyous, atmospheric, a wide open acoustic, heaps of detail in music of gawky progress and splendid incident.
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 8 - West Australian SO/Asher Fisch rec. 2018
A worthy, satisfying account of some of the greatest music known to humanity.
David MATTHEWS (b. 1943)
Symphony No. 9, Variations, Double Concerto - Sara Trickey (violin),
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola),
English SO, English String O/Kenneth Woods rec. 2018
NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6382
An important release, including the highly impressive Ninth Symphony.
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Concertos
Nos 1 & 2, Variations serieuses,
Rondo capriccioso, Venetian Boat Song -
Jan Lisiecki (piano)
Orpheus CO rec. 2018 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4836471 [63:53] [SG]
Pianism at its very best.
Nino ROTA (1911-1979)
La notte di un nevrastenico, I due timidi - Giorgio Celenza (baritone),
Daniele Adriani (tenor),
Sabrina Cortese (soprano),
Reate Festival O/Gabriele Bonolis rec. 2017
[37:26 + 61:38] [MW]
Indifferent operas in indifferent sound – a set for die-hard Rota completists only.
Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611)
Tenebrae Responsories - Stile Antico rec. 2017
HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902272
Stile Antico have solid gold credentials when it comes to Renaissance polyphony.
Isang YUN (1917-1995)
Chamber music - Shota Takahashi (oboe), Walter Grimmer (cello), Kaya Han (piano) rec. 2017/18
The second unmissable Isang Yun collection to have landed on my doormat in three months.
Akram Khan’s Giselle English Ntl Ballet
& Philharmonic/Gavin Sutherland OPUS ARTE Blu-Ray OABD7254D [125 mins]
Certainly not Giselle as we know it, but a superbly executed and thought-provoking piece of dance theatre.
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