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Wednesday August 5th
22 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1865-1750) Partitas 1 & 2; English Suite 3 - Rudolf Buchbinder (piano) rec. 2014 SONY CLASSICAL [SSi] The highlight of this recording is the English Suite, which along with a spirited interpretation of the First Partita, flanks a somewhat disappointing performance of the Second Partita.

Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) When the fire burns - A documentary by Larry Weinstein; Nights in the gardens of Spain - Alicia da Larrocha (piano) Montreal SO/Charles Dutoit EUROARTS DVD [PCG] It is difficult to think of a major composer - and he was a major composer - whose output is as small as that of Manuel da Falla.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Trios 1 & 2 - Sitkovetsky Trio rec. 2014 BIS SACD [SG] Superb recording in state-of-the-art sound. I hope we'll be hearing more from these deeply committed artists in the future.

Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891-1982) Concierto en Flamenco; Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta; Aires de la Mancha; Suite castellana - Pepe Romero/Vicente Coves (guitar) Málaga PO/Manuel Coves rec. 2013 NAXOS [GF] Constantly inspired and inspirational ... lovingly performed.

Mary’s Song Works by Busto, Havrøy, Luengen & Nystedt - Ensemble Ylajali/Palare Bakksjř rec. 2012/13 LAWO CLASSICS SACD [GH] A recording that is clear and beautifully evocative.

Dagmar Pecková (mezzo) Sinful Women - Slovak PO/Aleksandr Marković rec. 2014 SUPRAPHON [GPu] Not quite as outstanding as I expected it to be, but well worth hearing.

Tempesta Arias by Handel, Pergolesi, Porpora & Vivaldi - Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo) Les Ambassadeurs/Alexis Kossenko rec. 2014 GLOSSA [JW] A great deal to enjoy.

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