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Ferdinand DAVID (1810-1873) Twenty Virtuoso Studies, Six Caprices - Reto Kuppel (violin) rec. 2012/13 NAXOS [JWh] Fabulous playing but the Studies are musically hollow.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 3, Kindertotenlieder - Kathleen Ferrier (alto) BBC SO/Sir Adrian Boult; Concertgebouw O/Otto Klemperer rec. 1947/51 TESTAMENT [JQ] The British première of Mahler’s Third: a significant addition to the Boult discography.

Bora YOON (b. 1980) Sunken Cathedral - Bora Yoon (various instruments) Sekou Sundiata (poetry & performance) Chris Eddleton (cymbals, metal percussion) Peter Scherer (percussion) male vocal quartet; Sympho, New York Polyphony INNOVA [DC] Cutting edge – but memorable?

Sergei ZHUKOV (b.1951) Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto - Eleonora Bekova (piano) Elvira Bekova (violin) Karelia State SO/Marius Stravinsky, Moscow State SO/Konstantin Krimets CAMEO CLASSICS [SA] This is a rare disc that deserves to be heard.

Carlos Kleiber – I am lost to the world A documentary film by Georg Wübbolt C MAJOR Blu-ray [LW] Essential viewing, but could have been better.

The Masters of Violin - Vol. 3 Works by Respighi, Dietrich, Schumann & Brahms - Franco Gulli (violin) Enrica Cavallo (piano) rec. 1986/90 DYNAMIC [JW] Admirers of this duo can invest with confidence.

Malcolm Sargent - The Great Recordings rec. 1947-1966 WARNER CLASSICS This extensive survey of Sir Malcolm’s EMI/HMV recordings proves good value for money and an attractive proposition [SG] When Sargent was on-song he was a force to be reckoned with even if his relationship with orchestras was tempestuous [RB].


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MWI Recommends - Corelli's op. 6 concertos & Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition.


Press release from EM Records about a new release Irish Idylls: piano music by Stanford, Bax & Rosenthal

London performances of Stanislaw Moniuszko's opera Halka in October - details here.

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