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143 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Missa Solemnis - Eileen Farrell (soprano) Carol Smith (alto) Richard Lewis (tenor) Kim Borg (bass) Westminster Ch, New York PO/Leonard Bernstein rec. 1962 ALTO ALC1240 [76:32] [DD] Disappointing transfer of the earlier Bernstein recording; the later recording is much to be preferred.

Belá BARTÓK (1881-1945) Divertimento, Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Contrasts - Zimbler Sinfonietta/Lukas Foss, Wilfrid Parry, Iris Loveridge (piano) Gilbert Webster and Jack Lees (percussion) Frederick Grinke (violin) Jack Brymer (clarinet) rec. 1955/56 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR910 [64:55] [JW] Another feather in the restoration of this label.

Johann Philipp FÖRTSCH (1652-1732) Sacred Concertos & Cantatas - Weser-Renaissance Bremen/Manfred Cordes rec. 2013 CPO 777 860-2 [68:20] [JV] As a composer Förtsch has to be rated highly - Weser-Renaissance delivers impressive and very compelling performances.

Charles KOECHLIN (1867-1950) & Maurice EMMANUEL (1862-1938) Works for flute, clarinet & piano - Markus Brönnimann (flute) Jean-Philippe Vivier (clarinet) Michael Kleiser (piano) rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9422 [59:55] [JW] Fine performances; welcome repertoire.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Complete Symphonies - Moscow Radio SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky rec. 1965/67 MELODIYA MEL CD 10 011797 [3 CDs: 229:08] [MC] A few rough edges but makes a striking impact.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Piano Trios 1 & 2 - Aquinas Piano Trio rec. 2008/13 GUILD GMCD7408 [61:08] [JS] I would be surprised if this was not the equal of the best in the catalogue.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 13 - Alexander Vinogradov (bass) Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573218 [59:39] [MC] This quite outstanding Naxos recording provides tough competition for any recording I have heard.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Quixote Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Violin Concerto - Josef Szigeti (violin) Philharmonic SO New York, London PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1932/39 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC410 [73:32] [RB] Adds appreciably to Pristine's extensive store of Beecham recordings and the Don is a winning version.

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