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John Luther ADAMS (b. 1953) Ilimaq - Glenn Kotche (drum kit and percussion) CANTALOUPE MUSIC CD/DVD [DC] A magnificent edifice.

Jiří Antonín BENDA (1722-1795) Sonatas, Sonatinas and Songs - Edita KeglerovŠ (harpsichord) Ivana Bilej BroukovŠ (soprano) Helena ZemanovŠ (violin) Hana FlekovŠ (cello) Marek Štryncl (cello) rec. 2013/14 SUPRAPHON [SSi] A beautifully performed and recorded disc of music which certainly deserves a wider audience.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Messiah - Bavarian Radio Ch, B'Rock/Peter Dijkstra rec. 2014 BR KLASSIK [JQ] An enjoyable live recording of Messiah.

Benedetto MARCELLO (1686 - 1739) Psalms - Voces8; Les Inventions/Barnaby Smith, Patrick Ayrton rec. 2012 SIGNUM CLASSICS [JV] The performances are little short of ideal.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) & Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintets - Anthony McGill (clarinet) Pacifica Qt rec. 2013 CEDILLE RECORDS [MC] Eminently satisfying and a credit to all concerned.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Fantasia; Variations on Ah vous dirai-je Maman Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonata 14, Bagatelles Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chorale preludes - Jill Crossland (piano) rec. 2010 DIVINE ART [OL] I will not stack this disc too far away from the player.

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concertos Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) J’entends dans le lointain - Vincent Larderet (piano) OSE SO/Daniel Kawka rec. 2015 ARS PRODUKTION SACD [SG] Superb realizations in demonstration sound. Worth the money for the Schmitt alone.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Macbeth - Giuseppe Altomare, Dimitra Theodossiou, Giorgio Giuseppini, Piemonte PO/Giuseppe Sabbatini rec. 2013 DYNAMIC Blu-ray [PCG] Only those in search of novelty at all costs should feel the need to investigate this.

Karl WEIGL (1881-1949) Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto - Florian KrumpŲck (piano) David FrŁhwirth (violin) Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock/Manfred Hermann Lehner, Florian KrumpŲck rec. 2013 CAPRICCIO [PRB] Some deeply moving passages here where Weigl appears to seem uninhibited and psychologically at peace.

American Intersections Music by Adams, Barber, Bolcom, Copland & Rzewski - Nina Schumann and Luis Magalh„es (pianos) rec. 2014 TWOPIANISTS RECORDS [BR] An assembly of mostly fun American repertoire, in good if not great performances.


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