October 2019 CD Reviews

September 2019 CD Reviews
Emmanuel Leducq-Barôme conducts Honegger’s Second Symphony & Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht [Baltic Chamber Orchestra; Rubicon]
October, 2019 |  This is the first time I have heard this conductor’s work, and I very much hope it will not be the last. Schoenberg’s early masterpiece is today not the bogey piece it once was... 
Eric Coates Orchestral Works, Volume 1 – John Wilson conducts the BBC Philharmonic – Merrymakers, Jester/Wedding, Sleepy Lagoon, London [Chandos]
October, 2019 |  There’s no better way to begin a survey of Eric Coates’s Orchestral Works (irrespective of however many volumes this Chandos series will take) than with The Merrymakers (A Miniature Overture), which John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic bring off exceptionally well, combining as-one foot-tapping exuberance and beguiling lyricism and a literal second of Elgarian pathos. ... By the Sleepy Lagoon needs no introduction – the signature-tune since day one (in 1942) of Desert Island Discs... 
Iberia y Francia – Imogen Cooper interpreta a Albéniz, Debussy, Falla, Mompou y Ravel [Chandos]
October, 2019 |  Aparentemente golosa pero internamente reflexiva, aquí tenemos una muestra musical de la duradera historia de amor entre Galia e Iberia. Para Roger Nichols, según lo manifiesta en un ensayo publicado en el cuadernillo, es un caso histórico de un recíproco “control francés y desenfreno español.” Para Imogen Cooper, es un mosaico de conexiones “más sentido que probado, más fantasioso que serio… 

 

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