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Thursday March 30th
233 reviews completed so far this month

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Complete String Quintets - Mandelring Qt, Roland Glassl (viola) rec. 2016 AUDITE [MC] These masterclass performances of the String Quintets from Mandelring Quartett with Roland Glassl bear comparison with the finest accounts.

David GORTON (b.1978) Variations on Dowland - Longbow/Peter Sheppard Skærved; Stefan Östersjö (guitar) rec. 2015/16 TOCCATA [BW] A recording of two halves, well worth considering for the more approachable of them.

Armas JÄRNEFELT (1869-1958) Orchestral works - Gävle SO/Hannu Koivula rec. 1996 STERLING [RB] A cleverly balanced cross-section of Järnefelt's orchestral music.

Robert KAHN (1865-1951) Works for Violin & Piano - Elina Vähälä (violin) Oliver Triendl (piano) rec. 2012 CPO [JW] Attractive works in good performances.

Michael KIMBER (b. 1945) Music for viola Vols. 4 & 6 - Marcin Murawski (viola) Boczniewicz Sisters (vocals) Mariusz Siejko (double-bass) Kameralna Concertino O/Marek Siwka; O dia Dyplomantów/Eugeniusz Dabrowski rec. 2014/15 ACTE PRÉALABLE [PCG] Modern, but very accessible.

Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) Complete Works for Piano Duet & Duo - Invencia Piano Duo rec. 2010-12 GRAND PIANO [SSi] This is a wonderful set, one in which The Invencia Piano Duo deserves our gratitude for their research, dedication and performance.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano Sonata Nikolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Sonata-Ballada - Risa Iwai (piano) rec. 2016 SHEVA [SB] An interesting choice of works for a debut recital.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre - Matthias Goerne (baritone) Petra Lang (soprano) Hong Kong PO/Jaap van Zweden rec. 2016 NAXOS [GF] Your first Walküre? Look no further. A jaded collector? Then you will find this a valuable addition to your collection.

Beneath The Northern Star The Rise of English Polyphony 1270-1430 - Orlando Consort rec. 2015 HYPERION [GH] Trusted performers in this repertoire, but there are some reservations.

Pina Carmirelli (violin) Works by Franck, Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart & Pizzetti - Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr, Lothar Broddack, Maria Bergmann (piano) rec. 1966-69 MELOCLASSIC [SG] A treat for collectors.


[New] Louis Frémaux obituary by Rob Barnett

Forgotten Artists: Ferruccio Scaglia by Christopher Howell

John Joubert at 90 by John Quinn

Kurt Moll obituary by Ralph Moore


English Music Festival 2017 programme

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