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Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Chinese Poems’
Wojciech Rajski, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, Stephan Genz (baritone), Joanna Kravchenko (erhu)
George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
Russell Garcia & Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
Ella’s rendition of ‘Summer Time’ is possibly the greatest I’ve ever heard. Louis Armstrong is also wonderful: this isn’t an operatic rendition of the work, then. More a classic Jazz rendition featuring the greats… but none the worse for that!
Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa de plus en plus
Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
Alban Berg’s Wozzeck
Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Franz Grundheber, Aage Haugland
John Bull’s Works for Keyboard
Peter Watchorn and Mahan Esfahani
Einar Englund’s Epinikia
Eri Klas, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Matti Raekallio (piano)
Franz Krommer’s Concerto for two clarinets Op. 35
Kalman Berkes (conductor and clarinet), Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
I can think of very little so angelic and pleasing as the clarinet in a classical concerto. Here we get two! They burble and bubble away, as clarinets are wont to do. Bucolic and uplifting in equal measure, give me a clarinet concerto at my funeral, please!
Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
The name of Ives used to scare me, musically speaking. Weird, wacky and plinky-plonk… at least, that was his reputation as far as I had heard/learnt of it. Then I discovered he is basically an American version of Australia’s own Percy Grainger: pretty good tunes that go off and do their own thing, regardless of what else might be going around them. It’s just glorious, chaotic fun… and though the result of playing three different and unrelated tunes at the same time can maybe sound ear-wincing at times, it’s just done so boisterously that I can’t help smiling! This symphony, for examples, ends with two ‘brass bands’ playing against each other: it sounds like what might happen if two University football team’s support bands decided to play at the same ground at the same time. The final chord is worth an Oscar™ all on its own! Short version: have no fear of Ives!
Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 8
Bohadan Warchal, Slovak Chamber Orchestra
It’s a shame Michael gets over-shadowed by his more famous brother: his music –this music- is entirely delightful and charming. Nothing that’s going to test one’s neurons or taste, but thoroughly enjoyable just the same.
Petrus de Domarto’s Missa Spiritus almus
Andrew Kirkman, The Binchois Consort
Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in E flat
Herbert Kegel, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Albéric Magnard’s Symphony No. 2
Jean-Yves Ossonce, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel
Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Hellen Kwon (Nightingale),
Endrik Wottrich (Good Hope), Michael Kraus (Loyal Friend), Marita Posselt (Wren), Wolfgang Holzmair
(Hoopoe), Matthias Görne (Prometheus), Dirk Schmidt (Raven)
This is a beautiful opera: one I was not previously familiar with, until David Hurwitz made a video about the composer a while back, which got me hunting around for other works by him. Anyway: it’s a very attractive piece and, on this recording, is beautifully sung. Hellen Kwon as the Nightingale is an especial standout.
Julius Reubke’s Organ Sonata ‘The 94th Psalm’
Simon Preston, Westminster Abbey organ
Malcolm Williamson’s Piano Concerto No. 1
Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Piers Lane (piano)