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Another ‘Eroica’ Symphony

Klaus Tennstedt’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’, on the Profil Medien label, enters a competitive and crowded market and sadly does not quite stand out from the crowd. Perhaps the best moments are to be appreciated during the Funeral March, where Tennstedt draws from the members of the NDR Sinfonieorchester a real sense of pathos. This 1979 performance lacks the palpable sense of occasion to be had in his live recording of the same work on EMI with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (available on two disks at bargain price together with Symphonies 6 & 8).

On the plus side the performance of the Coriolan Overture has more to offer and rounds off the CD admirably. However, you might choose to spend your money elsewhere.



Rare Villa-Lobos from Naxos

Many readers will be familiar with Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras and some will have heard his music for guitar but few will know his string quartets or symphonies. This month’s Collectors’ Choice comes from Naxos and is a recording of his Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 & 11. It is performed by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky.

In these compact works there is none of the wild unruliness that characterises much of Villa-Lobos’ popular works but the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra cope well with their demands and the resonant acccoustic suits the works. Well worth adding to your collection!


Listen on Spotify or buy from Presto Classical.

Enjoyable Prom from Ticciati & SCO

Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ Symphony was the highlight of this evening’s BBC Prom concert from the Royal Albert Hall. The work was performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by their principal conductor, Robin Ticciati.

If you enjoyed this performance then a set of all four Schumann symphonies performed by the same forces is available from Linn Records on CD or as a high resolution download.

More information can be found on Linn Records website.

CD of the Month – August

The Romantic Piano Concerto 72 – Cipriani Potter

Howard Shelley (piano & conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Hyperion bring us an excellent new release of piano concertos by Cipriani Potter, a composer who may be new to many readers. The concertos are superbly performed by the London born and educated pianist, Howard Shelley who directs the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

This is a great addition to Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series and it deseves a place in any music collection.


Purchase it from Hyperion’s website.