May 2018 CD Reviews

June 2018 CD Reviews
Telemann – The Concerti-en-suite – Tempesta di Mare & Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra [Chandos]
May, 2018 |  Conveniently gathered together here – apparently for the first time – are three works which Telemann did not consciously regard as a set or as connected with each other, as their different structures and scorings testify. ... Sometimes more dynamic contrast could have been instilled between and within movements, but the strength of Tempesta di Mare’s interpretations lies in the ability to bring out rhythmic emphases. 
Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart – Haffner, Linz, Paris, Posthorn Serenade, C-minor Mass [Berliner Philharmoniker; Sony Classical]
May, 2018 |  Claudio Abbado presents music of the Classical period with proper respect for the style of the time. Typical of the adjustments required to achieve this are the use of fewer than the Berlin Philharmonic’s full body of strings... ... There are many Mozart Symphonies including trumpets where the timpani parts have not survived and there have been reconstructions of them by Karl Haas, Christopher Hogwood and others. The discovery of the previously-lost timpani part for Symphony 28 should now draw musicians’ attention to the problem and the irritating habit of playing these works without drums may be a thing of the past. 
Jiyoon Lee plays Violin Concertos by Korngold and Nielsen [Odense Symphony Orchestra/Kristiina Poska; Orchid Classics]
May, 2018 |  Having taken joint first prize at the 2016 Carl Nielsen Violin Competition, it is appropriate that Jiyoon Lee (from South Korea) should include music by the eponymous Dane for her debut recording. She is very impressive... ... Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto is getting out quite a lot these days... 
Four Pieces, Four Pianos – Alexander Melnikov plays Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky [Harmonia Mundi]
May, 2018 |  Challenging audiences, journeying unexpected roads, curating marathon projects others never think about is something Alexander Melnikov is rather adept at. This album highlights the Romantic piano from wooden beast to cast-iron monster – a venture he's been touring this season. 
Guillaume de Machaut – Fortune’s Child – The Orlando Consort [Hyperion]
May, 2018 |  Guillaume de Machaut’s pre-eminence during his lifetime (c.1300-1377) was built upon his exceptional gifts as a poet and song-writer. In all their variety of invention the fourteen settings on this release, the fifth of the Orlando Consort’s survey of Machaut for Hyperion, encompass the miseries and ecstasies of love as depicted on Fortune’s wheel... 
Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Albert Roussel – Suite in F, Pour un fête de printemps, Évocations [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
May, 2018 |  Yan Pascal Tortelier belatedly follows-up his disc of Roussel ballets (CHAN 9494) with this selection of orchestral works – presented in reverse order to survey the composer’s output as though from the wrong end of a telescope, of which one suspects he would have approved. 
Dejan Lazić – The London Connection – Beethoven, Clementi, Cramer [Onyx]
May, 2018 |  Beethoven himself made this piano arrangement of his Violin Concerto quite soon after the premiere of the original. ... Recordings by Olli Mustonen (very expressive) and Howard Shelley (convincingly straightforward) have indicated a slight revival of interest lately. It is no surprise that Dejan Lazić should also promote the work... ... The couplings represent imaginative programming – it was Muzio Clementi that commissioned Beethoven to re-score his Violin Concerto. ... German-born Johann Baptist Cramer lived in London for a great part of his life and he too manufactured pianos. A contemporary of Beethoven if living much longer... 
Thomas Tallis’s Votive Antiphons – The Cardinall’s Musick/Andrew Carwood [Hyperion]
May, 2018 |  Just as you thought The Cardinall’s Musick Tallis series was complete, Hyperion has come up with a compilation of all the composer’s Votive Antiphon settings... 
Min-Jung Kym plays Beethoven & Mendelssohn – with Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Clemens Schuldt [Signum Classics]
May, 2018 |  The opening solo of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto gives food for thought. Min-Jung Kym phrases it exquisitely... ... Mendelssohn’s early works are not given the attention they deserve. 
Marc-André Hamelin plays Schubert – Piano Sonata D960 & Impromptus D935 [Hyperion]
May, 2018 |  There is a sense of Last Rites about Marc-André Hamelin’s account of Schubert’s ultimate Piano Sonata. 
Federico Colli plays Domenico Scarlatti – Sonatas, Volume 1 [Chandos]
May, 2018 |  Whether Federico Colli is destined to record all 555 Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti for Chandos is unclear, but “Vol. 1” is encouraging of more to come. This is amazing music, so imaginative, so emotionally varied, and Colli does his chosen sixteen examples proud. 
The Romantic Piano Concerto – 75: Piers Lane plays Ferdinand Ries [The Orchestra Now/Leon Botstein; Hyperion]
May, 2018 |  Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) has been described as Beethoven’s “right-hand man” – friend, pupil and secretary – and during his relatively short life (dead aged fifty-three) he was recognised as a concert pianist of renown (he was a teacher of the instrument); he was also a prolific composer... ... This Hyperion selection of Ries’s music for piano and orchestra is very enjoyable and reveals much skill in compositional terms. ... Piers Lane is musically and technically superb... 


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