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Friday May 22nd
148 reviews completed so far this month

Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) The Roots of Heaven, David Copperfield - Moscow SO/William Stromberg rec. 2000 NAXOS [62:09] [JWh] Tantalising snippets aren’t really for me.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 8 - Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann rec. 2012 C MAJOR Blu-ray [JQ] A magnificent Bruckner performance.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Elgar from Salisbury John Challenger (organ) rec. 2014 REGENT RECORDS [NB] Interesting repertoire on a generously filled disc, recorded in fine sound but rather literally performed.

Sebastian FAGERLUND (b. 1972) Violin Concerto, Ignite - Pekka Kuusisto (violin) Finnish Radio SO/Hannu Lintu rec. 2013 BIS SACD [DC] Remarkably intense and powerful.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994) Works for Solo Piano - Véronique Briel (piano) rec. 2013 DUX [BR] Lutosławski’s solo piano music is extremely good, and deserves to enter both the repertoire and your listening library.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 4 - Elizabeth Watts (soprano) Netherlands PO/Marc Albrecht rec. 2014 PENTATONE SACD [DM] A dreary, life-sapping Fourth. Even the sound is lacklustre.

Louis SPOHR (1784-1859) Symphonies 7 & 9, Waltz - NDR Radio PO Hannover/Howard Griffiths rec. 2010-12 CPO SACD [MC] Enjoyable, well crafted and splendidly performed.

Matthew WHITESIDE (b. 1988) Dichroic Light - Emma Lloyd (viola/viola d’amore) Abby Hayward (cello) Joanna Nicholson (bass clarinet) Robinson Panoramic & Aurea Qts, Red Note ALBA CHRUTHACHAIL [DC] Sounds both subtle and sour from Scotland.

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