June 2024

Left Hand Legacy v2 Cobra 0093

Left Hand Legacy Vol 2: Chamber music written for Paul Wittgenstein (Cobra Records)

Fine playing of distinctive music [WK]

Roseingrave Harpsichord Suites Signum SIGCD783

Roseingrave: Eight Harpsichord Suites (Signum Classics)

This release deserves a place in any collection of keyboard recordings [JV]

Soundscape Kay Kyung Eun Kim Steinway STNS 30230

Soundscape (Steinway & Sons)

An intriguing start to a new Steinway venture [PRJ]

A Fiddlers Last Journey Andersson Sterling CDA1873

A fiddler’s last journey: Songs by Dan Andersson (Sterling)

A worthy conclusion to a valuable series of Swedish song classics [GF]

Brahms Schumann Holloway arr Toccata TOCC0450

Brahms by Arrangement, Volume 2 (Toccata Classics)

Skilful, sympathetic orchestrations which are definitely worth hearing, especially by those who love the music of Brahms [JQ]

Deja Review Sibelius Symphs etc Berglund EMI 5744852

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies and Selected Orchestral Works (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the greatest symphonic cycles under a conductor who shows a deep understanding and profound identification with it [CH]

Deja Review Schoenberg Pelleas und Melisande de Waart ABC 4545142

Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande and Five Orchestral Pieces (ABC Classics)

(Déjà Review) A magnificent disc showing both the route that Schoenberg did not take, and, triumphantly, the one that he did [DBi]

korngold piano trptk

Korngold: A Portrait for Piano (TRPTK)

This homage is a gem for admirers of Korngold’s music [GF]

puccini butterfly pristine

Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Pristine Audio)

A deeply touching Butterfly and a thrilling Pinkerton who are all the more striking in Pristine’s vivid remastering [RMo]

grosz proscrits forgotten

Wilhelm Grosz (conductor) 1933: Les Chefs proscrits (Forgotten Records)

The protean but short-lived Wilhelm Grosz in popular fare from Weimar Berlin [JW]

damase orchestral dutton

Damase: Orchestral Works v2 (Dutton)

Superbly performed concertante music by a French neo-classical conservative [NB]

schmidt symphony somm

Schmidt: Symphony 4 & The Book with Seven Seals (Somm Recordings)

Two notable archive recordings in excellent transfers to mark Schmidt’s 150th anniversary [JQ]

The Musical Harmer Family

by Gill Price

Stanfordian Thoughts: 23. Stanford & Chadwick’s Book of Choruses

by Christopher Howell

mozart debussy songs ecm

Debussy & Mozart: Songs (ECM)

(Déjà Review) Banse’s subtle, dark-toned soprano is ideal for this material [TH]

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20th Century Works for Flute and Orchestra (Centaur)

(Déjà Review) A delightful anthology … tunefulness and brevity [HC]

Nielsen: Flute Concerto, Symphony No. 3 (Chandos)

Vibrant performances of Nielsen’s masterpieces, but the competition is formidable [LW]

A Gardener’s World (Rubicon)

A varied and engaging recital, performed with style and commitment [JQ]

Mozart: Mozart, You Drive me Crazy! (Alpha Classics)

Attractive in every respect to lovers of Mozart, or of opera in general [GF]

Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe (C Major)

A fine cast of singers are thrown out to sea by a pointless, dismal production [MP]

Mascitti: Sonate a Tre, Opera Prima (Challenge Classics)

An excellent composer whose sonatas are done full justice here [JV]

Bach: Piano Transcriptions Volume 5 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Milne’s playing also reflects his love of this demanding yet rewarding repertoire [TB]

Auric: Beauty and the Beast (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A most desirable release recommended to film buffs and anyone with interest in 20th Century French music [HC]

Fučík: Dances & Marches (Marco Polo)

Enjoyable world premiere recordings of long-lost music [RM]