DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104. LALO: Cello Concerto in D minor.
Johannes Moser, cello. PKF Prague Philharmonic/Jakub Hrusa, cond.
OPENTATONE SACD 5186 488 TT: 65:33
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ALAIN Prelude and Fugue. DUTILLEUX: Piano Sonata. RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin. MESSIAEN: Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus.
Kathryn Stott, piano
BIS SACD 2148 TT: 68:37
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GETTY: The Little Match Girl
Nikolaikolai Schjukoff, tenor (Poor Pete). Melody Moore, soprano (Joan and the Bells). Lester Lynch (, baritone (Joan and the Bells). Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orch/Müncher Rundfunk Orch/ Asher Fischer and Ulf Schirmer
PENTATONE SACD 5186480 TT: 66:59
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German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser (b. 1979) is enjoying a remarkable career, appearing often as soloists with almost all of the major American and European orchestras. His career surely will get a major boost from this magnificent recording of the Dvorak concerto made in the Forum Karlin in Prague in January 2015. Pentatone's recording staff has produced an outstanding SACD, rich, will defined and perfectly balanced, with the multi-channels used in a most natural effect. Moser is in top form, and young Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa (b. 1981). He is a rising figure in today's orchestral/operatic world and already has to his credit a number of fine recordings not only of Czech music, but a video of Britten Turn of the Screw from the Glyndebourne Festival. For some years, he was associate conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and his affinity for music of his native land is apparently in his accompaniment. The orchestra is is the POKF - Prague Philharmonia, founded in 1999 by Jiuri Belolohlavek, a first-class ensemble. The disk is filled out with lighter fare, Lalo's cello concerto, beautifully p;played †his is an outstanding SACD in every way.

British pianist Katheryn Stott (b. 1958) has enjoyed a long career and made numerous recordings, often of lesser-known repertory. Her latest BIS disk is this fine SACD called Solitudes and again the accent is on the unusual, opening with a brief Prelude and Fugue by Jehan Alain followed by the Dutilleux Sonata. . Then we have Le Tombeau de Couperin and end with the sensitive reflective excerpt from Messiaen's Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus, an appropriate conclusion for a disk with this title. It seems a bit odd that more music wasn't included; there is plenty of room for more. Audio is perfection, and iuf you're looking for an SACD recording of off-the-beaten-path music, here it is.

Pentatone surely has been supporting American composer Gordon Getty (b. 1933) and already has issued a number of recordings of his works, reviewed rather unenthusiastically on this site: Piano Music (REVIEW), Pluump Jack (REVIEW and Joan and the Bells (REVIEW).This latest issue is a collection o vocal/choral works, with the title The Little March Girl, a setting of Hand Christian Anderesen's fairy tale, scored for chorus and orchestra. We also have A Prayer for my Daughter with a text by Yeats, Poor Peter, with a text by the composer, and three excerpts from Joan and the Bells in a new recording (the complete first recording is still available). Pentatone has gone all out on this new disk with a first-class orchestra and superb soloists. Audio is outstanding with percussive effects brilliantly captured by the engineers. Complete texts are provided.

R.E.B. (October 2015)

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