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182 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky) - Britten Sinfonia/Thomas Gould rec. 2015 HARMONIA MUNDI SACD [DC] Life-enhancingly good.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonata 3 Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin Sonata - Patrycja Piekutowska (violin); Anna Miernik (piano) rec. 2014 DUX [GA] Short playing time and over-managed interpretations.

Adolf JENSEN (1837-1879) Orchestral Works - Philharmonie Baden-Baden/Pavel Baleff rec. 2014 GENUIN CLASSICS [NB] Worthy but minor.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes OCKEGHEM (c.1410/25-1497) Missa L'homme armé - Ensemble Nusmido rec. 2014 RONDEAU [SG] Technically accomplished and inspired readings that would grace any vocal collection.

Johann PACHELBEL (1653 - 1706) Festal Sacred Music - Johann Rosenmüller Ens/Arno Paduch rec. 2002 CHRISTOPHORUS [JV] A most enjoyable production, with compelling music and performances.

David POPPER (1843-1913) Cello Concertos 1-3 - Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) WDR Radio Studio Orchestra of Cologne/Niklas Willén rec. 2011 CPO [JW] Unusual fare in excellent performances.

Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano Trio 2, Piano Quartet 1 - Gould Piano Trio; David Adams (viola) rec. 2014 NAXOS [MC] Outstanding playing - consistently engaging, always intelligent and constantly assured.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Preludes, Rhapsody in Blue Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua (piano) rec. 2013 GRAND PIANO [NB] As an appendix to the more familiar orchestral versions this is a wholly enjoyable and well-performed anthology.

William WALTON (1902-1983) Improvisations, Cello Concerto Symphony 2 - Paul Watkins (cello) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. rec. 2013/14 CHANDOS SACD [JQ] Another splendid Walton collection from Edward Gardner in superb Chandos sound.

Sounds of Spain and the Americas Sebastian See-Schierenberg (violin) Ramon Ruiz (guitar) Sophia Lisovskaya (piano) rec. 2003/14 SIGNUM CLASSICS [JW] A sense of real communicative spirit at work here.


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