NEW & RECENT ARTICLES
- A late 2020 roundup by Brian Wilson
Gurrelieder - a survey by Ralph Moore
- A late 2020 roundup by Brian Wilson
Sea Pictures - a survey by Ralph Moore
Symphony 7 - a musical analysis by Karim Elmahmoudi
Chants d’Auvergne - a survey by Ralph Moore
My Founder's pick of the Year was The complete EMI recordings by Barbirolli
on Warner. Just a heads up that the price of the 109 CDs can vary by
about £100. The cheapest source, at £139.99 post free is
may have noticed that MusicWeb is not a secure site and does not have
an SSL certificate. Our URL shows an open lock and we are http rather
than https. If this worries you I assure you it is because we do not
need one as we do not hold any data on our visitors so your privacy
cannot be compromised. Any financial transactions are carried out
by the secure third party Pay-Pal.
AP0463 Ignacy Krzyzanowski - Piano Works 2
AP0476 Raul Koczalski - Chamber Works 2
AP0478 Ren?de Boisdeffre - Works for Violin, Cello and Piano
AP0484-85 Fernand de la Tombelle - Organ Works 1
AP0487 Henryk Pachulski - Piano Works (and Chamber) 3
For 25 years MusicWeb International has never operated a PayWall.
We can keep it free if you can be persuaded to make a donation. Click
the Donate button top right for more details.
Shopping on-line? Help us by doing it through the
MusicWeb sales page.....
Friday December 4th
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Well-Tempered Clavier
Books 1 & 2, The Art of Fugue - Pietro Scarpini (piano)
rec. 1961-76 RHINE CLASSICS RH-017 [6 CDs:
409:02] [SG] A Bach player to be reckoned with.
BALTAKAS (b. 1972) Ouroboros -
Rita Balta (soprano) LENsemble Vilnius/Vykintas Baltakas, Klangforum
Wien/Johannes Kalitzke rec. 2005-2016 KAIROS 0015045KAI
[68:32] [RHa] Mildly diverting and occasionally attractive contemporary
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Christus am 謑berge
- Elsa Dreisig (soprano) Pavol Breslik (tenor) David Soar (bass) London
Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2020 LSO
LIVE LSO0862 SACD [45.22] [PCG] Those unfamiliar with
the work would find much here to enjoy.
BEN-HAIM (1897-1984) Symphony No. 1, Pastorale
Vari閑, Pan - Claudia Barainsky (soprano)
John Bradbury (clarinet) BBC Philharmonic/Omer Meir Wellber rec. 2019/20 CHANDOS
CHAN20169 [60:45] [SB] A triumph for all concerned.
Madden MORRIS (b. 1945) Chamber Music for Our Times
- Eric Silberger, Ji-In Yang, Cindy Wu (violin) Andy Lin (viola)
Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) Han Chen (piano) rec. 2019 NAVONA NV6310
[70:42] [DJB] Not unpleasant, but forgettable.
SHEEHAN (b. 1980) Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom -
Timothy Parsons (countertenor) Michael Hawes (baritone) Jason Thomas
(bass) Saint Tikhon Ch/Benedict Sheehan rec. 2019 CAPPELLA
RECORDS CR421 CD/BD-A [CD 75:33; Blu-ray 219:04] [JQ] An
in Puebla Siglo de Oro/Patrick Allies rec. 2020
DELPHIAN DCD34238 [67:39] [MP] A historically well-informed
release that features exuberant performances of mostly unknown works.
Rockmore (theremin) Music and Memories: Bonus Album
- Nadia Reisenberg (piano) rec. May 1964 ROM蒓 RECORDS
7333 [44:28] [JW] A delectable programme.
Thursday December 3rd
BLACKFORD (b. 1954) Blewbury Air - Raphael
Wallfisch (cello), Adrian Farmer (piano) rec. 2020 NIMBUS
NI1570 [12:06] [JQ] Richard Blackford’s tribute
to his home village is an attractive and well-imagined composition.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Horn Trio & other works - Alec
Frank-Gemmill (horn) Daniel Grimwood (piano) Benjamin Marquise Gilmore
(violin) rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2478 SACD [60:04] [LW]
A magnificent performance of the Horn Trio and two successful
DELLO JOIO (1913-2008) The Triumph of Saint Joan,
The Trial at Rouen - Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil
Rose rec. 2017, 2018 BMOP SOUND 1073 [62:14 + 56:53]
[PCG] A thoroughly enjoyable and indeed inspiring experience.
Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 5, Francesca
da Rimini - Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/Paavo Järvi rec. 2019,
2020 ALPHA CLASSICS 659 [74:00] [WH] A very fine
Tchaikovsky 5 indeed, not to be missed, especially if the coupling
Century Polish Chamber Music Works by Bacewicz,
Panufnik & Szymanowski - Huberman Piano Trio rec. 2019 DIVINE
ART DDA25206 [55:09] [GH] Well worth investing in.
Buniatishvili (piano) Labyrinth rec. 2020 SONY
CLASSICAL 19439795772 [79:37] [PRB] Potentially entertaining
and modestly fulfilling if you are happy to allow Ms Buniatishvili
to guide you through her philosophical maze.
Ervin Nyiregyh醶i (piano) Live Vol.
2 rec. 1973/84 SONNETO CLASSICS SONCLA005 [72:44
+ 39:02] [SG] Pianism, for the most part, barnstorming and larger
Christina 舠trand (violin) Turku Philharmonic Orchestra/Jukka
Iisakkila rec. 2019 DACAPO 6.220652 [80:38] [JW]
舠trand is an idiomatic and stylish guide to Nordic music.
Wednesday December 2nd
AMMANN (b. 1962) Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) & B閘a BART諯 (1881-1945)
Piano Concertos - Andreas Haefliger (piano) Helsinki PO/Susanna
M鋖kki rec. 2019 BIS SACD BIS-2310 [75:30] [GPJ]
Stunning performances by Andreas Haefliger, all captured in superb
Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) The Dancing Master -
Eleanor Dennis (soprano) Catherine Carby (mezzo) Fiona Kimm (contralto)
BBC Concert O/John Andrews rec. 2020 RESONUS RES10269
[75:40] [JW] A Restoration Ride from a symphonic master who ladles
endless vivacity into his score.
GERVAIS (1671-1744) Hypermnestre - Katherine
Watson, Mathias Vidal, Thomas Doli? Purcell Ch, Orfeo O/Gy鰎gy Vashegyi
rec. 2018 GLOSSA GCD924007 [74:32 + 71:27] [CRo]
A fine achievement for Vashegyi and his forces.
M腘TYJ腞VI (b. 1963) Choral Music -
Ch Trinity College Cambridge/Stephen Layton rec. 2018-2020 HYPERION
CDA68266 [70:54] [GF] It is a triumph in every respect.
MARTEAU (1874-1934) String Quartet No 1, Clarinet Quintet
- Jean-Michel Charlier (clarinet) Isasi Qt rec. 2018-2019 CPO
555 129-2 [69:38] [RHa] Two superbly played chamber works
by a once-renowned fiddle virtuoso.
SILVESTROV (b. 1937) Ode to a Nightingale, Cantata No.4,
Concertino, Symphony No.7 - Inna Galatenko (soprano) Oleg Bezdorodko
(piano) Lithuanian Ntl SO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee rec. 2019
NAXOS 8.574123 [73:06] [HC] A fine survey of Silvestrov's
mostly recent output.
VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons, Sinfonia,
Concerto for 4 Violins - Tafelmusik/Jeanne Lamon (violin) rec. 1991
SONY SK48251 [53:52] [DJB] A surprising disappointment.
Horn in Romanticism Steinar Granmo Nilson (historical
horns) Kristin Fossheim (fortepiano) rec. 2019 2L RECORDS
2L-162-SABD SACD/BD-A [59:05] [DC] A musical time machine,
and very enjoyable too.
Music of Maria Luisa Di Bourbon Tania Bossi (soprano)
Paolo Mora (violin) Lorentz Martenz (harp) rec. 2018 TACTUS
TC740002 [72:52] [GPu] Nothing here is profound or overwhelming,
but there is well-made music that represents its times engagingly.
Callum Smart (violin) Richard Uttley (piano) rec. 2020
ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100149 [75:06] [PRB] A CD
which ticks all the boxes.
Tuesday December 1st
Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations
- Charles Rosen (piano) rec. 1967 SONY SBK48173 [75:50]
[SB] A classic version of the Goldbergs available again.
FISCHER (1646-1716/17) Der habile Violiste -
Antoinette Lohmann (violin) Furor Musicus; Furor Agraricus rec. 2020
GLOBE RECORDS GLO5274 [65:50] [DC] Genuinely
interesting and entertaining musical archaeology.
KAUFMANN (1907-1984) Chamber Works -
ARC Ens rec. 2020 CHANDOS CHAN20170 [77:37]
[SG] Spicy and eclectic – a fascinating fusion of Western,
Indian and Oriental styles.
MASSENET (1842-1912) Orchestral music - Poppy
Shotts (soprano) Maya Iwabuchi (violin) Aleksei Kiseliov (cello)
Royal Scottish Ntl O/Jean-Luc Tingaud rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574178
[75:05] [EJW] Committed performances.
Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Sacred Works rec. 1952-1998
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC20048 [6 CDs: 412:35] [GPJ]
The presentation may be careless and slapdash, but there are some
very fine performances here, and some less familiar Mozart gems.
Christian SCHULTZE (18th Century) Trattamento
dell’Harmonia - Ensemble Klingekunst rec. 2018 CPO
555225-2 [70:34] [BW] I can’t work up real
excitement for this recording, but I did enjoy hearing the unfamiliar
music so persuasively presented.
Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) String Quintets
& Intermezzi - Dante & Endellion Quartets; Benjamin Frith
(piano) rec. 2019 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD0623 [66:45]
[JQ] A most valuable and substantial appendix to the Dante Quartet’s
splendid survey of Stanford’s string quartets.
SZENTP罫I (b.1977) Three Concertos - Roland
Szentpáli (bass tuba & bass saxhorn), Bence Szepesi (clarinet,
soprano saxophone & tarogato) Győr Symphonic Band / László
Marosi rec. 2014 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0568 [52:26]
[GPu] Full of exciting, colourful and evocative music, confirming
Szentpáli’s credentials as both performer and composer.
Icelandic Chamber Music - Agnieszka
Panasiuk (piano); Anna Wandtke (violin); Pawel Panasiuk (cello) rec.
2018 DUX 1675 [58.15] [GH] An enterprising release.
Boulanger Icon: The American Decca Recordings rec.
1952-54 ELOQUENCE 4841384 [5 CDs: 205:28] [JW] A
most valuable restoration.
Monday November 30th
van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Symphonies & Concertos
- Netherlands Symphony Orchestra/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. 2008-16
CHALLENGE RECORDS CC72856 [9 CDs: 644:10] [DC] A
fine box of consistently excellent recordings.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) The Genius of Young Brahms
- Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. live, 2010/11 ROM蒓
RECORDS 7334/6 [3 CDs: 209:12] [JQ] A collection of consistently
fine, well-considered and authoritative Brahms performances.
FLURY (1896-1967) Suite, String Quartets No. 6-7 -
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Richard Flury, Das neue Weiner Streichquartett
rec. 1963-1970 VDE-GALLO CD-1423 [64:08] [SG] An
GOMBERT (c.1500-1557) Music from the Court of Charles
V - Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel rec. 1992 SONY SK48249
[75:46] [BW] Whether you choose this reissue or the alternative
on Hyperion – better still both – this music offers an
GUILLEMAIN (1705-1770) Sonatas - Ensemble la Fran鏰ise
rec. 2020 MUSICA FICTA MF8034 [71:07] [JV] The
Ensemble la Fran鏰ise fully master the art of a galant conversation.
RIZZA (b. 1929) Ave Generosa - Gaudete Ensemble
/ Eamonn Dougan rec. 2020 CONVIVIUM CR056 [58:07]
[GPu] A rewarding disc of ‘contemplative’ music, skilfully
written and with many moments of radiant beauty.
Philip SOUSA (1854-1932) Music For Wind Band Volume
17 - Guildhall Symphonic Wind Band/Keith Brion rec. 2016 NAXOS
8.559811 [56:06] [BMC] Another high-quality release in
Kennedy (piano) Familiar Favorites rec. c.
2003 Private Release [45:27] [JW] Celebrates
Kennedy’s lifetime of performance and teaching and his devotion
to Gospel music.
Gynt Wiener Staatsballett, Orchester der Wiener
Staatsoper/Simon Hewett C MAJOR 755904 Blu-Ray [112
mins] [PCG] Only for fans of the choreographer and modern ballet
by Jenny Setchell publ. 2008 Pipeline Press
[MR] A most entertaining book.