SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” – Orch. Mozart/ Claudio Abbado – DGG
If you prefer your “Great” Symphony pretty, you will enjoy Abbado’s 2011 account, but if you seek dramatic, visceral depth, look elsewhere.
BRAHMS: Serenades No. 1 in D Major & No. 2 in A Major – Gewandhausorchester/ Riccardo Chailly – Decca
Excellent supplements to Chailly’s traversal of the Brahms symphonies, these illumined readings of the two serenades come highly recommended.
JONGEN: Violin Concerto in b; Adagio symphonique; Fantasia; LAZZARI: Rapsodie in e – Philippe Graffin, violin/ Royal Flemish Philharmonic/ Martyn Brabbins (Vol. 18 of series) – Hyperion
An almost unknown work by a composer known for another work, plus an unknown composer.
MOZART: Piano Concertos No. 12 in A & No. 23 in A – Marianna Shirinyan, p./ Odense Sym. Orch./ Scott Yoo – Bridge
Every facet of this recording is simply outstanding. We need much, much more from this source.
* “Symphonies of Wind Instruments” = HINDEMITH: Konzertmusik; Symphony in B-flat; SCHOENBERG: Theme and Variations; STRAVINSKY: Symphonies of Wind Instruments; ROLF WALLIN: Changes – Royal Norwegian Navy Band/ Ingar Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD
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Great works long overdue recordings of this quality and format.
French Oboe Sonatas = SAINT-SAENS: Sonata in D Major for Oboe ad Piano; POULENC: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; KOECHLIN: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; MESSIAEN: Vocalise-Etude – Thomas Indermuehle, oboe/ Eriko Takezawa, p. – Camerata
Consistent elegance marks this fine assemblage of French oboe sonatas performed at the Complesso Museale di Santa Croce, Umbertide, Italy.