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The Editor’s Choice (6)

The piano was to the fore during June, whether music by Vaughan Williams (his Introduction and Fugue is stunning!), or Bavouzet delighting with Haydn, or Osborne superb in Ravel and Falla – all three releases highly recommended – but one thing that is great about recordings is the wealth of rare repertoire that can be made generally available and, more importantly, returned to in order to get to know it. Dimitar Nenov’s expansive Piano Concerto is a prime example, for it requires several listens in order to appreciate it fully; well done Hyperion for taking a leap of faith with it. Vocal music, with piano, features on Chandos’s French Songbook with Nicky Spence and Malcolm Martineau, notable for a substantial cycle by Lili Boulanger, lost to the world at a young age. But my vote for Best of the Month, which required making an invidious decision, goes to Hyperion’s issue of music by Carl Czerny, a composer with strong ties to Beethoven. Surprisingly, two of the pieces included are recorded for the first time, and all are thoroughly attractive as music and beautifully crafted, as well as benefitting from Howard Shelley’s stylish championing. Play it again!

Colin Anderson
The Classical Source
1 July 2017

***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.***


BBC Proms 2017

about this prom Prom 10: Aurora Orchestra/Nicholas Collon – Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen & Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony
about this prom Prom 9: Beethoven’s Fidelio – Ricarda Merbeth & Stuart Skelton – BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena
about this prom Prom 8: Celebrating John Williams – Jaws, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, The Witches of Eastwick, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart
about this prom Prom 7: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Joshua Weilerstein – Les élémens & Symphonie fantastique – Alisa Weilerstein gives UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Outscape
about this prom Prom 6: BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård – October & Sibelius 2 – Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich

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Latest Concert & Opera Reviews

about this concert Bampton Classical Opera – Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi/The School of Jealousy
about this concert Welsh National Opera at Royal Opera House – André Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice – Martin Wölfel, Lester Lynch, Sarah Castle, Mark Le Brocq; directed by Keith Warner; conducted by Lionel Friend
about this concert Opera Holland Park – Leoncavallo’s Zazà – Anne Sophie Duprels, Joel Montero, Richard Burkhard; directed by Marie Lambert; conducted by Peter Robinson
about this concert Weber’s Der Freischütz/The Enchanted Bullets at Blackheath Halls: Blackheath Community Opera
about this concert Tanglewood Music Festival 2017 – Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Wagner’s Das Rheingold

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Latest CD & DVD Reviews

about this cd/dvd François Couperin – L’Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres – Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
about this cd/dvd Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion, sung in English – Crouch End Festival Chorus & Bach Camerata conducted by David Temple [Chandos]
about this cd/dvd LSO Wind Ensemble plays Mozart Serenade K361 [LSO Live]
about this cd/dvd Martyn Brabbins conducts William Walton – Partita, Hindemith Variations, Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, with Anthony Marwood in the Violin Concerto [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
about this cd/dvd Maestro Corelli’s Violins – Valentini, Mossi, Montanari – Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage [Chandos]

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Latest Features

about this feature A Tanglewood Diary – July 7-16, 2017 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim, Resurrection Symphony, Das Rheingold, Daniil Trifonov, The Knights…
about this feature Better Heard Than Seen – The Fhadikistania Conducting Competition, written by Leonard Slatkin
about this feature They’re Off and Flying, a piano competition in the future, a stellar speculation by Leonard Slatkin
about this feature Feature Review: English Haydn Festival 2017 [June 7-11]
about this feature Ancient and modern: one day at Aldeburgh [10 June 2017]

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