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171 reviews completed so far this month

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Symphonies 1-6 - Ostrobothnian CO/Sakari Oramo rec. 2013 ALBA [DC] High octane 18th century stuff.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas - Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) Daniel Taylor (alto) James Gilchrist (tenor) Magdalena Consort/Peter Harvey (bass) rec. 2013 CHANNEL CLASSICS SACD [JQ] The debut recording by The Magdalena Consort brings stylish and thoughtful Bach performances.

Christian Ludwig BOXBERG (1670-1729) Sardanapalus – Jan Kobow (tenor) Rinnat Moriah (soprano) Theodora Baka (mezzo) Markus Flaig (bass) United Continuo Ens/Jörg Meder rec. 2014 PAN CLASSICS [RMo] Try as I might I cannot find much here to engage my modern ears.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 9 & 12 - Ekaterina Litvintseva (piano) Klassische Philharmonie Bonn/Heribert Beissel rec. 2013 PROFIL [MC] Committed and accomplished playing ... a model of consistency: enthusiastic and dedicated.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl REINECKE (1795-1883) Cello Concerto John TAVENER (1944-2013) Threnos Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Adagio and Allegro Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Cello Suite 1 Osvaldo GOLIJOV (b. 1960) Mariel - Michael Samis (cello) Gateway CO/Gregory Wolynec rec. 2013 DELOS [BR] You’ve probably never heard these works by a line-up of great composers, in a recital that exceeds the sum of its parts.

Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Music for Piano Four Hands Vol. 1 - Duo Pianistico di Firenze rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [PRB] Extremely competitively priced, superbly recorded and with playing of the very highest order this disc of attractive and unfamiliar music is well worth acquiring.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concertos 1 & 2 - Christian Tetzlaff (violin) Helsinki PO/John Storgårds rec. 2013 ONDINE [LW] Spectacularly well performed and recorded.

Grounds for Pleasure Keyboard Music from 17th century England - Colin Booth (harpsichord) rec. 2014 SOUNDBOARD [JV] For harpsichord lovers this is a disc not to be missed.


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