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Francesco CILEA (1866-1950) L’Arlesiana - Dmitry Golovnin, Annunziata Vestri, Stefano Antonucci, O Filarmonica Marchigiana/Francesco Cilluffo rec. 2013 DYNAMIC DVD 37688 [105:00] [RF] Easily recommended.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Henri DUTILLEUX (1916-2013) Le Loup; Trois Sonnets de Jean Cassou; La Fille du Diable; Quatre Mélodies; Trois Tableaux symphoniques - Vincent Le Texier (baritone) O Ntl des Pays de la Loire/Pascal Rophé rec. 2015 BIS BIS-1651 SACD [74:20] [HC] A splendid selection of early works by Dutilleux … a must indeed.

Leopold GODOWSKY (1870-1938) Passacaglia; Transcriptions; Four Poems - Emanuele Delucchi (piano) rec. 2015 PIANO CLASSICS PCL0096 [64:30] [BR] A persuasive case for Godowsky not just as a physical skills test, but as a composer.

Alfred HILL (1869–1960) String Quartets Vol. 6 - Dominion String Qt rec. 2014 NAXOS 8.573416 [64:34] [WK] The series is complete. Music that is intimate, warmhearted, rather folkish, here well recorded and performed with skill and commitment.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 1 - Finnish RSO/Hannu Lintu rec. 2014 ONDINE ODE1264-5 SACD [62:33] [LW] Lintu and his Finnish orchestra have much to offer in a masterly account of Mahler’s First Symphony.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Mass, Meistermusik - La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, O des Champs-Élysées/Philippe Herreweghe rec. 1991 HARMONIA MUNDI HMG501393 [60:19] [ST] This could just be a top choice.

Sir Michael TIPPETT (1905-1998) The Knot Garden; Symphony 4 - Raimund Herincx, Yvonne Minton, Jill Gomez, Covent Garden O/Sir Colin Davis, Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti rec. 1973/79 DECCA PRESTO CD 475 056-2 [69.00 + 42.39] [PCG] Self-recommending.

Antonio Janigro (cello/director) Works for String Orchestra - Zagreb Soloists rec. 1957–66 AUDITE 95.639 [79:06] [SG] A release that showcases the diversity of this illustrious ensemble.

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) You Mean the World to Me - Berlin RSO/Jochen Rieder rec. 2014 SONY CLASSICAL 88843 087712 [65:14] [MC] A most captivating album … eminently melodic music. The lighter side of Jonas Kaufmann will win him new admirers.

Treasures of the German Baroque Radio Antiqua et al. rec. 2015 AMBRONAY AMY305 [59:28] [DC] Unusual and enriching programme of 18th century rarities.

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