The Year 2019 marches on, and twenty-eight days were not enough for February. But music gives us a leap of faith: so, from last month's reviews of recordings, a few selections, in no particular order, until the Winner is announced.
I was much taken by Steven Isserlis & Olli Mustonen’s Russian programme, including a real find in Kabalevsky’s Sonata – and if the cello is your bag, then Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto is well-worth investigating. Not my usual sort of thing is Baroque harpsichord music, or so I thought until Mahan Esfahani came along ... and I am now in danger of being Hyperion-centric, for a couple of Brahms-leaning Piano Trios by Hubert Parry have proved very rewarding. The Winner? First among equals more accurately, delightful orchestral and vocal music by Arriaga.
Wishing you all the best for March, mad hares and all, and of course some great listening.
The Classical Source
1 March 2019
***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.***