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173 reviews completed so far this month
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January 29, 1932 – July 4, 2014

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Keyboard Symphonies - Andrea Chezzi (harpsichord) rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] This disc sheds light on a hardly-known aspect of CPE Bach's oeuvre.

Robert ERICKSON (1917-1997) White Lady, Garden, Piano Concerto, Pacific Sirens - Laura Martin (violin) Keith Humble (piano) U Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players, Cleveland Chamber Symphony/Edwin London rec. 1999/2001 NEW WORLD RECORDS [DC] Some remarkable statements in sound.

John PICKARD (b. 1963) Eden, Gaia Symphony - Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag/Andreas Hanson rec. 2012 BIS SACD [DM] Brass band music as you’ve never heard it before; ardent, atavistic, awesome.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1875-1943) Monna Vanna, Songs - Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists, Ch & SO/Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) Soile Isokoski (soprano) rec. 2009-2013 ONDINE [SG] The long-awaited first Russian version of Rachmaninov’s unfinished opera, Monna Vanna, definitely deserves a hearing.

Endless Song Encores for Piano - Margaret Fingerhut (piano) rec. 2013 CHANDOS [PCG] The sort of indulgence which draws the listener in.

The Operatic Pianist Andrew Wright (piano) rec. 2012 DIVINE ART [JW] Spirited readings in good recorded sound.

Music for the Royal Occasion from St. Paul's Christopher Dearnley (organ) Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral/Barry Rose rec. 1981 CAMEO CLASSICS [JWh] An enjoyable royal collection.

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