The merry month of May arrives and with it a look-back to Classical Source’s reviews of recordings that appeared during April. Combining novelty and quality, JoAnn Falletta’s Naxos release of music by Vítězslav Novák takes some beating. Then there are Barry Douglas’s imposing and enlightening accounts of Schubert’s penultimate Piano Sonata (D959) and D899 Impromptus for Chandos. However, ‘best of the month’ goes to Mariss Jansons’s compelling conducting of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony & Death and Transfiguration for BR-Klassik; much-recorded works, of course, but Jansons steals in with especially impressive versions.
The Classical Source
1 May 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.***