June has arrived so soon, is it still 2018! Having gone to excess last month with seven choices, I am back to three for this latest (May) piece (or maybe not!). I relished Federico Colli’s selection from Domenico Scarlatti's many Sonatas (here played on a piano), hopefully the first of many Chandos volumes from this artist to embrace this amazingly inventive music. I also warmed very much to Min-Jung Kym’s gentle and poetic account of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, coupled with Mendelssohn’s expansive and irresistible Concerto for Piano and Violin (with Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay), a terrific piece and not just because the composer was a teenager when he wrote it. A bouquet to Signum Classics.
If I were choosing just one release from May it would have to be Jiyoon Lee’s superb and magnetic accounts of the Violin Concertos by Korngold and Nielsen for Orchid Classics, and these are marvellous pieces to boot. Lee is a great talent. Did I say three choices? Forgive the licence, it’s four given I was spellbound by the charm and sheer ingenuity of Suites by Telemann, like Scarlatti a Baroque king, and this is also on Chandos, its Chaconne wing.
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***As a postscript, just to clarify how Classical Source uses stars for its reviews. Since April 2016 a star-rating is mandatory for anything generally available (a recording, a book...) and when there is a run of performances (an opera, a ballet...). Stars are not required for a concert unless a reviewer is of the opinion that something is exceptional (five stars) or quite the opposite (one); either is rare ... ultimately it is the words that matter.***