Surprised by Beauty CD: A Bouquet Of Flowers From Bohuslav Martinů

In Bob Reilly’s “listener’s guide to the recovery of modern music”, Surprised by Beauty, his chapter on Martinů has always been a favorite. It endeared and properly introduced a composer to me whom I had wanted to get to know but hadn’t gotten a personal introduction to, yet. I can’t say that it was love-at-first … More Surprised by Beauty CD: A Bouquet Of Flowers From Bohuslav Martinů

Francis Poulenc – Recommended Recordings

Dialogues Des Carmelites, Dervaux, Duval, Regine Crespin, EMI 48228 Dialogues Des Carmelites, Dubosc, J. Van Dam, Kent Nagano, Orchestra, Virgin Classics 59227 Stabat Mater, Regine Crespin (soprano), René Duclos Chorus, Georges Prêtre, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra (+ Rossini, Verdi and Syzmanowski), EMI 687612 Stabat Mater, Gloria, Barbara Hendricks (soprano), Georges Prêtre, Orchestra National de France, EMI 749851 Stabat Mater, Soprano … More Francis Poulenc – Recommended Recordings

Mieczysław Weinberg – Recommended Recordings

Piano Quintet & Quartet no. 8, Borodin String Quartet, M. Weinberg (piano), Melodiya 1001998 Pretty much regardless of your preferences (orchestra, vocal, chamber), this should be your first listen-stop on your Weinberg tour of discovery. Some of the greatest Soviet artists and the composer himself giving their best in two of Weinberg’s finest works. Unmissable. … More Mieczysław Weinberg – Recommended Recordings

Othmar Schoeck – Recommended Recordings

You can find an interview of Deal Hudson’s with Jens Laurson about the music of Schoeck and his Notturno in particular, on Ave Maria Radio’s “Church and Culture”: Church and Culture – July 28, 2018 – Hour 1 – Music critic Jens F. Laurson introduces the music of late romantic composer Othmar Schoeck Violin Concerto … More Othmar Schoeck – Recommended Recordings

Franz Schmidt – Recommended Recordings

The Book of Seven Seals • Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Singverein, Hilde Güden, Ira Malaniuk, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry et al., Dimitri Mitropoulos (conductor), Sony 68442 • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Christiane Oelze, Cornelia Kallisch Stig Fogh Andersen, René Pape et al., Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), EMI 85782 • Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, Vienna Singverein, Sandra Trattnigg, Michelle Breedt, … More Franz Schmidt – Recommended Recordings

Ahmed Saygun – Recommended Recordings

  Yunus Emre, Naci Özgüç, Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra & Youth Choir, Birgül Su Ariç, Aylin Ateş, Aydin Uştuk, Tevfik Rodos, Dreyer Gaido 11796 The Yunus Emre Oratorio is, certainly for Western ears in search of a grand romantic statement from Saygun, his most important work. Piano Concertos, Howard Griffiths, Bilkent Symphony, Orchestra, Gülsin Onay (piano), CPO … More Ahmed Saygun – Recommended Recordings

Eric(h) Zeisl and Franz Mittler – Recommended Recordings

The works of Zeisl and Mittler have endured silence long enough; they are most deserving of (re)discovering. There are not yet many recordings available—with many notable lacunae. Zeisl’s Symphonic Serenade and Symphony op. 40 are not available on record; the fine Arrowhead Trio (for piano, flute, and harp) is out of print, as are the … More Eric(h) Zeisl and Franz Mittler – Recommended Recordings