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143 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Diabelli Variations - Christina Bjørkoe (piano) rec. 2013 DANACORD [JF] Bjørkoe gives a commanding and memorable recital.

Georges BIZET (1838-1875) L’Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2 Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Masques et Bergamasques Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust ballet music - Suisse Romande O/Kazuki Yamada rec.2013 PENTATONE SACD [DM] Gorgeous playing and a fine recording; alas, the performances lack character.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Nepomuk DAVID (1895-1977) Symphonies 1 & 6 - ORF Radio SO Vienna/Johannes Wildner rec. 2011 CPO [GH] Having heard these symphonies I wanted to play them again straightaway which is a rare feeling.

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Concerto 3 - Nikolai Lugansky (piano) Deutsches SO Berlin/Kent Nagano rec. 2013 AMBROISIE [TB] Lugansky's sensitively drawn phrasing and touch beautifully captured.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Die Schöpfung - Camilla Tilling (soprano) Mark Padmore (tenor) Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Bernard Haitink rec. 2013 BR KLASSIK [MC] An excellent live account ... beautifully shaped and vividly radiating reverence.

Orlandus LASSUS (c.1531 - 1594) Biographie musicale Vol. 3 - Egidius Kwartet and College rec. 2013 MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE [JV] A wide array of pieces, sacred and secular, in various languages and with different subjects, all in high-quality performances.

Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Requiem Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) La Danse des Morts - Jürgen Henschen (organ) Kantorei St. Nikolai, Hamburger Camerata/Matthias Hoffmann-Borggrefe rec. 2010 TROUBADISC [JQ] Interesting and rarely-heard repertoire in strongly committed performances.

Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 1 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis & works by Amirov & Kurka - Phil-SO New York/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1960-62 GUILD [RB] Stokowski's virile imagination and enterprising approach to concert programming.

Fireworks and Fables Original works, arrangements and transcriptions for four harps - 4 Girls 4 Harps rec. 2008 ARTS IN FUSION [CF] Highly enjoyable.

Russian Gems Sandro Russo (piano) rec. 2012/13 MUSICAL CONCEPTS [SA] A joy to hear.

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