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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Cello Suites - Nina Kotova (cello) rec. 2014 WARNER CLASSICS [TP] If you play this in the background while you read or iron these performances sound fine but they are in no way distinctive.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Messe Basse - Gerald Finley (baritone) Tom Pickard (treble) Tom Etheridge (organ) Ch King’s College, Cambridge, O Age of Enlightenment/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2014 KING’S COLLEGE SACD [JQ] A fine performance of Fauré’s Requiem in an interesting new edition.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847) Symphonies 1 & 3, Ruy Blas - City of Birmingham SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2013-2014 CHANDOS SACD [BW] A worthy successor to Volume 1.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 22 & 24 - Angela Hewitt (piano) Ntl Arts Centre O/Hannu Lintu rec. 2013 HYPERION [TB] Although not first choices these are notable performances of two of the greatest piano concertos ever written.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonatas 5 & 6, Pensées, Musique pour enfants - Yury Martynov (piano) rec. 2014 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES [DM] There’s far more to these scores than this; for illumination look elsewhere.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) The Symphonies - Scottish CO/Robin Ticciati rec. 2013 LINN [ST] This is a thrilling achievement.

Robert STILL (1910-1971) The Four String Quartets - Villiers Qt rec. 2013/14 NAXOS [JF] A must for all enthusiasts of British chamber music.

Sacrifices Works by de Brossard, Charpentier & Carissimi - La Nuova Musica/David Bates rec. 2012/14 HARMONIA MUNDI SACD [DBi] A splendid disc of seventeenth century church music which is easy to enjoy.


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