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W.S. Bennett, Rootham, Moeran,
Bax, Rubbra, Rawsthorne, Berkeley
Alwyn, Grace Williams, Arnold, Wordsworth. Searle, Joubert

Van Dieren Chinese Symphony
Searle Symphonies 3, 5
Shaw Piano Concertos 1 and 2

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Vadim Gluzman - A quite extraordinarily good disc

This impressed me mightily

Shostakovich 5, 8 9
Great concentration

Let me tell you
Stratospheric Barbara Hannigan
Birmingham and BBC Proms

Berkeley - Authenticity

Highly Expressive

NØRGÅRD Stunning

Superbly played

One to treasure

One of the finest American
choral-orchestral works

from strength to strength

inspired choice

Book and CD £12

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Friday October 21st
157 reviews completed so far this month

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 4 Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Prelude - Los Angeles PO, Vienna PO/Zubin Mehta rec. 1967/70 ELOQUENCE [IL] Mehta’s Romantic is full-on Bruckner, powerful and in splendid Decca sound.

Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Piano works - Daniel Röhm (piano) rec. 2007/10 CPO [JW] I was won over by both the Passacaglia and the Rhapsodies.

Gérard GRISEY (1946-1998) Les espace acoustiques - Garth Knox (viola) Asko Ens/WDR SO Köln/Stefan Asbury rec. 2001 KAIROS [DC] Big, resonant, restless lakes of sound.

David LYON (b. 1938) Orchestral works - Royal Ballet Sinf/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2014 MOZART RECORDS [IL] Enjoyable if not especially memorable light music played with spirit and élan.

Napoléon-Henri REBER (1807-1880) Piano Trios Nos 2, 4 & 6 - Trio Élégiaque rec. 2015 TIMPANI [SG] I would urge all chamber music lovers to snap up this album. Guaranteed to give immeasurable pleasure.

Franz SCHREKER (1878-1934) Opera Preludes - Royal Swedish O/Lawrence Renes rec. 2015 BIS SACD [DM] Little-known repertoire, superbly played and recorded; go on, treat yourself.

John TAVENER (1944-2013) Missa Wellensis & other choral works - Wells Cathedral Ch/Mathew Owens rec. 2015 SIGNUM CLASSICS [JQ] An important disc of choral music by John Tavener, including two significant first recordings.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Symphony No. 17, Suite - Siberian State SO/Vladimir Lande rec. 2015 NAXOS [RB] Weinberg's musical patrimony takes another step forward and at Naxos price exploration is encouraged.

Rhapsody Works by Chabrier, Liszt, Gershwin, Ravel & Enescu - Denis Matsuev (piano) Bavarian Radio SO/Mariss Jansons rec. 2015 BR KLASSIK [ST] This disc is a bit of a guilty pleasure.

The Sun Most Radiant Music from The Eton Choirbook Vol. 4 - Christchurch Cathedral Oxford Ch/Stephen Darlington rec. 2016 AVIE [GH] If you love this music then you will want to run down to your CD shop immediately.

The world premiere of John Joubert's opera Jane Eyre will be held, as a concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be recorded by Somm Records. 

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