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"Elschenbroich digs in deep with bold, emotive gestures and precise articulation." Warwick Arnold, p.76


Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 77
Novelette, Op. 27 No. 25
Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119 / The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118: Waltz / The Love for Three Oranges: March / Adagio for cello & piano (from Cinderella), Op. 97 arr. Rostropovich
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
& Alexei Grynyuk & Petr Limonov (pianos)

ONYX4122 | 0880040412229

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In Flanders Fields Volume 85 -
On the Wings of Wind
Rhapsody Op. 70 flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn & piano / Lied / Méditation, Op. 21 / Préambule / Danses / Danse Lente Op. 56b / Concerto, Op. 124
5 Beaufort Brussels Woodwind Quintet,
Hans Ryckelynck

PH92085 | 5412327920858

In spite of Joseph Jongen’s admiration for Debussy and Ravel— their rich tone colors and ‘daring’ harmonies strongly appealed to him—his musical style rather continued that of the school of César Franck. He deliberately preferred to further explore the well trodden paths.
All his compositions are suffused with warm, glowing intensity, alternately enthusiastic and meditative, reflective and exuberant, playful and tender, but always fascinating. Jongen is and remains a dyed-in-the-wool late romanticist, honest, open and passionate. However, his rich and subtle orchestral colors betray both the influence of impressionism and the organist’s craft.

 "A delicious Belgian wind is discovered blowing from the Flanders' Fields." Will Yeoman, p.77

Christoph & Julian Prégardien - Father & Son
Brahms: Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr (No. 5 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33) / Erlaube mir, fein's Mädchen (No. 2 from Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33) / Da unten im Tale (No. 6 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33) / In stiller Nacht (No. 42 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Schubert: Erlkönig, D328 / Wandrers Nachtlied II 'Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh', D768 / Zum Rundetanz, D983b / Die Nacht, D983c / Im Abendrot, D799 / Des Fischers Liebesgluck, D933 (Leitner) / Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774 / Der Zwerg, D771 (Collin) / Meeres Stille, D216, Op. 3 No. 2 (Goethe) / Widerspruch D865 (Seidl) / Licht und Liebe D352 (Collin) / Nacht und Träume, D827 | Schumann: Nachtlied, Op. 96 No. 1 / Weisst du, wieviel Sternlein stehen / O du stille Zeit | Silcher: Frisch gesungen / Ännchen von Tharau / O wie herbe ist das Scheiden / Loreley | Zilcher: Fruehlingsstrophe / Der betrunkene Sternseher / Ein Traum ist unser Leben / Ueber allen Gipfeln ist Ruh / Guter Rat
Christoph Prégardien, Julian Prégardien (tenor), Michael Gees (piano), Fabienne Waga, Patricia Messner (harmonica)

CC72645 | 0608917264524

 "Prégardien duo tackle the unfamiliar and take on the add sacred cow." Steve Moffatt, p.81
“a real treasure...What makes this anthology so enriching is the skill of their arrangements...The two tenors of father and son - shared DNA, complementary tints and timbres - blend with grace and glee. The Zilcher duets for two voices and two harmonicas have to be heard to be believed.” BBC Music Magazine-Awards Issue 2015*****
“Both tenors display family traits of appealing mellifluousness and impeccable musicality. Together they communicate a sense of something homely, of improvisation and of singing for pure enjoyment...Gees, himself responsible for some of the arrangements, contributes excellent accompaniment throughout.” Gramophone Magazine

Eddie McGuire: Entangled Fortunes
Elegy / Euphoria / String Trio / Entangled Fortunes / Quintet 2
Red Note Ensemble

DCD34157 | 0801918341571

Gramophone describes this disc as, 'a wonderful collection of chamber music ... Red Note's performances are as vital and coherent as the music itself.' The Guardian writes, 'Red Note is the ideal ensemble to champion McGuire's folk-rich music: the players shift between silvery laments, robust dances and angular squalls in a blink' and McGuire is heralded as 'a composer of immense sincerity, supreme craftsmanship and creative integrity' by The Scotsman.
Refreshingly and compellingly, the Scottish composer’s music disdains allegiance or aversion to any -ism.”
McGuire is one of Scotland’s greatest living composers. A renaissance man, his compositional voice is informed by a broad wealth of cultural experience and by an unlimited melodic creativity. In this intensely beautiful and unpretentious music, folk-like tunes appear naturally, taking their place in a world of invention large enough to contain minimalist gestures, intense romanticism, meditative silence and sudden drama. In the second of two discs programmed to initiate their new recording partnership with Delphian, Red Note Ensemble bring passion and care to this music – a token of the regard in which McGuire is held by Scottish musicians of all generations."

Elgar: String Quartet
arr. for strings by D. Matthews
Arnold: Sonata for Strings arr. by D. Matthews after String Quartet No. 2
Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 arr. for strings by D. Matthews
Simpson, R: String Quartet No. 3: Allegro deciso arr. for strings by the composer
Orchestra of St. Paul’s, Ben Palmer

SOMM0145 | 0748871014527

 “The middle movement [of the Elgar String Quartet] is the revelation, shimmering with a new hushed beauty - equally a testament to the lustre frequently achieved by the 16 musicians in Ben Palmer's Orchestra of St. Pauls.” BBC Music Magazine June 2015

George ENESCU (1881-1955)

Cello sonata in F minor - Allegro [9:06]

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)

Cello sonata in C Op. 119 [21:49]

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)

Cello sonata in D minor Op. 40 [25:01]

Laura Buruiana (cello); Alexandra Silocea (piano)

rec. 2013, Église protestant de Bon Secours, Paris

AV2302 [56:11] 0822252230222

"Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea are both Romanian so it is natural for them to begin their recital with a work from that country... On its own terms this programme succeeds and I should certainly like to hear these musicians tackle the two Enescu cello sonatas." Read more from Stephen Barber

“This performance matches the youthful enthusiasm of the [Enescu], with Silocea presenting her elaborate part in the grand manner, yet never swamping the cello…Silocea and Buruiana are entirely persuasive.” Gramophone Magazine

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D956
with Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'
Pavel Haas Quartet

SU41102 | CD2 | 0099925411022

Gramophone Awards 2014 - Winner Chamber

'The crazed tarantella that closes the quartet is a tour de force, raw, visceral and with an emotional immediacy that is almost unbearable. Such is the intensity of the playing that by the end of the disc you, too, are quite exhausted...This is good. Very good' Read the review
More accolades:
“This album is scalding to the touch. [the Haas's accounts] are irresistible not only for immaculate surfaces, but for effortless engagement of that grief-stricken quality beneath Schubert’s shows of gaiety and even his most serene assurances.”
“If CDs had grooves I would already have worn out these marvellous recordings...The young Czechs have the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity.”
The Pavel Haas Quartet, with the superb extra cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, even succeed where most other ensembles fail, making the last movement of the String Quintet into something that seems a fitting conclusion to a work whose first three movements are unquestionably supreme...essential listening for anyone who loves Schubert.”

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 9 in D Major (1909/10)
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer

 rec. 2013, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary
CCSSA36115 SACD | 0723385361152


"Drawn from the finest young players in Hungary the Budapest Festival Orchestra is conducted here by Iván Fischer its co-founder and music director. Fischer and his Budapest players have already released Mahler 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 on Channel Classics with 3 and 7 programmed for the 2015/16 concert series." Read more Michael Cookson 
 More accolades:


Luke WHITLOCK (b.1978)
Suite Antique (2011-12) / Flowing Waters (2014) / Three Pieces for Wind Trio (2012 rev. 2014) / Evening Prayer (2014) / Flute Sonata (2007, rev. 2013) / The Faust and Mephisto Waltz (2002, rev. 2014) 
Duncan Honeybourne (piano); Anna Stokes (flute); James Meldrum (clarinet); Vicky Crowell (bassoon); Wai-Yin Lee (piano, Flute sonata)

rec. 2014/15, Acapela Studio, Cardiff; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Dora Stoutzker Hall
DDA25121 [72.14] 0809730512124

"In a booklet note full of autobiographical detail, the composer concludes by saying that “this recording is in many ways a mark of my friends’ and family’s achievement, as much as it is mine.” He is unduly modest here. It was a real pleasure to make acquaintance with his music again and I would earnestly recommend listeners to hear music which is so immediately communicative as well as displaying the development of Whitlock’s style. Flowing waters and Evening prayer, if they are indicative of the manner in which his writing is moving, make one eager to hear more."  Read more of Paul Corfield Godfrey

Albanian Flowers -
Songs from Albania and Kosovo

Asaman o trëndafili Çelës (Dear Blossom Rose), trad. Berat, South Albania / Unë ty moj të kam dashte ije (I Loved You), Elbasan, Central Albania / Margjielo (Margelo) Shkodra, Northern Albania / Një lule (A flower) trad. Shkodra, Northern Albania / Martesa jonë (Marriage), Pristina, Kosovo / Hapi syť e zezë moj (Open those black eyes), trad. Përmet, Southern Albania / Lele bore (Snowflake), Shkodra, Northern Albania / Ma fal ať buzëqeshje (Give that smile to me), Pristina, Kosovo (In Memoriam Esat Bicurri (1949-1999) / Mallëngjimi (Homesick), Pristina, Kosovo / O zambak, zambaku i bardhë (Oh, Lily, white Lily), trad. Gjakova, Kosovo / Na leu dielli (The Sun Rises), trad. Tirana, Central Albania 
Flaka Goranci (mezzo), Mennan Bërveniku (piano), Adela Frasineanu (violin), Edison Pashko (cello)
rec. Barocksaal. Altes Rathaus, Vienna, 2015
 GRAM99066 | 9003643990661

"One of the many pluses when it comes to reviewing for MusicWeb International is the opportunity to hear things you'd would otherwise be unlikely to come across. Add to this that you get the opportunity to post your review of something which would in general be ignored elsewhere.
This Gramola disc is a glowing case in point and I seriously wonder if it will be reviewed elsewhere."
Read more of Steve Arloff




A French Celebration with Susan Graham
11 - 22 July 2015
"Who knows whether it was strategic or just serendipitous that the Australian Chamber Orchestra would get together with a leading interpreter of French music, American mezzo soprano Susan Graham, on the same day that Parisians stormed the Bastille nearly two centuries ago. Either way, A French Celebration the revolution was more about art than politics."

Read more:


Un Frisson Français - A Century of French Song
ONYX4030 | 0880040403029

Virgins, Vixens & Viragos
ONYX4105 |


Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau review:

"Masterful Schubert song-cycles bring audience to their feet" Clive Paget Editor 'Limelight'


"These masterful nights would have come as no surprise to many music-lovers; both participants have collaborated in highly praised CDs of all three Schubert song-cycles and what we heard in the Murdoch Hall, if packed with the energy that live performances bring, offered few surprises in terms of interpretation." 

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Schubert: Winterreise D911 | 4077 | 0880040407720 

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795 | 4112 | 0880040411222

Schubert: Schwanengesang | 4131 | 0880040413127

*Simon Trpčeski's
Australian tour all with

Vasily Petrenko 
performing Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 
in Bb minor, Op.23  

ONYX4135 | 0880040413523

SSO Sydney Opera House 22, 23, 24/7/2015

Adelaide Symphony 1/8/2015  
Festival Theatre

7/8/2015   Melbourne Symphony
Robert Blackwood Hall
8/8/2015    Melbourne Symphony/Hamer Hall
10/8/2015  Melbourne
Symphony/Hamer Hall

Discography for both artistes:

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & Cockaigne Overture ONYX4145 | 0880040414520

 Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini AV2191 | 0822252219128

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 AV2192 | 0822252219227


ABC Classic FM's Highlights from last week


Haydn, M: I Allegro from Duo for violin and viola
No. 2 in D major, MH 336

Rachel Podger, vn; Jane Rogers, va




Beethoven: Variations on “Là ci darem le mano”, WoO28

Sabine Meyer, cl; Wolfgang Meyer, cl;
Reiner Wehle, basset horn (Trio di Clarone)

Avi-Music 4260085530014



Taneyev: String Quintet in D, Op. 16: 3.

Martinu Quartet





Telemann: La Doute (Doubt), Le Sommeil (Sleep) and
Mercure from Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B3






Gabrielli: Sonata for cello and continuo in G major: II

Bettina Hoffmann, vc; Modo Antiquo





Vieuxtemps: Viola Sonata in B flat, Op 36

Dana Zemtsov, va; Cathelijne Noorland, p




Mozart: Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K339:
Dixit Dominus

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum;
Charivari Agréable / Kah-Ming Ng



Luke Whitlock: Evening Prayer
Flute Sonata 2nd movt slow, with expression

Anna Stokes, f; Duncan Honeybourne, p





Schubert: Moments musicaux, D780: No 1 in C

Shai Wosner, p




Howells: Before me careless lying

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir / Paul Spicer





Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op 13,
No 2 3rd movt Intermezzo

Mandelring Qt





Rachmaninov: Twelve Songs, Op.14: 8.
Oh, do not grieve

Justina Gringyte, ms; Iain Burnside, p

 DCD 34127


Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata,Op.11/4: II.Vivace

Barbara Buntrock, va; Daniel Heide, p



Schubert: Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934

Pieter Wispelwey (cello) & Paolo Giacometti (piano)

EPRC018 | 0608917720426


Bach: Wo Soll Ich Fliehen Hin,BWV646

Kåre Nordstoga, o

LAWO Classics LWC1056

Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No 1 in A min, Op 33
2nd movt Minuet

Pavel Gomziakov, vc Kansai Phil Orch/Augustin Dumay




Gershwin: Two Waltzes in C

Graham Scott, p





Handel: Alcina: Tornami

London Handel Players





Enescu: Presto

Kenneth Smith, f; Paul Rhodes, p





Riihimäki: Tango CluBb

Matthias Schorn, cl

Avi-music 8553297




Bach: Cantata, BWV187 “Es wartet alles auf dich”
(Everything waits for Thee): Excerpts

Klaus Mertens, b; Sandrine Piau, s;
Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orch
Ton Koopman

CC72218 | 0608917221824 | 3 hours 11 minutes

For The God Who Sings with Stephen Watkins

Gabriel Jackson: I am the Rose of Sharon

Laudibus/Mike Brewer





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