The heat-wave that has scorched the end of June seems set to do similarly for the early days of July, creating a summer-slumber chance to Dream with Stephen Hough and to enjoy the lighter side of Elgar’s output thanks to David Lloyd-Jones. Grander fare comes from Barry Douglas’s ongoing survey of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas, his D958 has many magnetic musical values, and although I planned to restrict myself to the proverbial three releases for this my June ‘choice’ I also can’t resist a disc of chamber music by Ernö Dohnányi.
The Classical Source
***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.***