It seems that the outbreak of consensus, though no-doubt welcome, has resulted in a decided slow-down in traffic here recently.
Still, as Parla is due back soon and will see the controversial Bach Cello clip, things could hot up somewhat. Should be interesting, to say the least.
In the meantime, here is a list of my latest purchases, bought on the recommendation of Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine reviews and articles. There are more than I would usually buy in a batch as I was stocking up in anticipation that a scheduled minor eye operation would leave me little else to do but listen to music. Pretty much as it turned out, typing this is not easy. But this feast of wonderful music more than compensated for my forced absence from reading, etc.
Anyway, here they are;
Ronald Brautigam's Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 24 and 25. (Bought after Parla suggested the latter to someone, and it was one I didn't have.)
Bach's Concertos and Sinfonia for oboe (Heinz Holliger, on BIS)
Josquin Masses: Be Beata Virgine and Ave Maris Stella, the latest from The Tallis Scholars - I have all the others from Peter Phillips and just love them all in their own way.
Kogan, Barshai and Rostropovich: Beethoven String Trios.
Les Arts Florissants' "Lamentazione.
The two latest discs from Naxos of Petrenko's Shostakovich Symphonies: 6, 12 and 10.
Poulenc's "Figure Humaine" from Nigel Short's Tenebrae.
- and the real surprise for some reason, the amazing Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues by Alexander Melnikov. I don't know what I was expecting, but these proved the most absorbing and led to almost instant second hearing. And there's a lot of music in there! (I haven't watched the accompanying dvd yet.)
Anyway, anyone else bought any of these recently, and have any comment on them? I love to read others' reactions to the music I enjoy.