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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Trios, Op. 9 - Jascha Heifetz (violin) William Primrose (viola) Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) rec. 1957/60 PRISTINE AUDIO [RMo] Three now legendary musicians playing in harmony and now heard for the first time in more than tolerable – indeed very acceptable – stereo sound.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jake HEGGIE (b. 1961) Out of Darkness - Caitlin Lynch (soprano) Sarah Larsen (mezzo) Music of Remembrance/Mina Miller rec. 2012/13 NAXOS [GF] A disc to savour and return to for the beauty of the music, for the excellence of the performances and for its message.

Léon JESSEL (1871-1942) Schwarzwaldmädel - Benno Kusche (baritone) Brigitte Lindner (soprano) Adolf Dallapozza (tenor) Stuttgart PO/Willy Mattes rec. 1976 WARNER CLASSICS [JS] Music of energy and charm ... a real discovery.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1808-1847) Symphony 3, The Hebrides overture Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Piano concerto - Maria João Pires (piano) London SO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2014 LSO LIVE SACD/BD-A [DJB] Exceptional Mendelssohn, a different but interesting take on the Schumann, all in demonstration class sound.

Emil Nikolaus von REZNICEK (1860-1945) Symphonies 3 & 4 - Robert Schumann Philh/Frank Beermann rec. 2010 CPO [CF] Frank Beermann, all power to his elbow, has espoused the Reznicek cause with apparent vigour and obvious enthusiasm.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’italiana in Algeri - Alex Esposito (bass) Anna Goryachova (mezzo) Ch & O Teatro Communale, Bologna/José Ramón Encinar rec. 2013 OPUS ARTE DVD [RJF] Rossini’s second most popular comic opera is brought up to date in spectacular fashion in this production that will appeal to some and appal others.

Philip SAWYERS (b.1951) Cello Concerto, Symphony 2, Concertante for Violin & Piano - Maja Bogdanovic (cello) Louisa Stonehill (violin) Nicholas Burns (piano) Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods rec. 2013 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [NB] Music that is accessible in the best sense - knotty but not opaque, challenging but compelling.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Nachtviolen - Christian Gerhaher (baritone) Gerold Huber (piano) rec. 2012 SONY CLASSICAL [MC] A veritable master-class in musicality.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) & Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Cello Sonatas - Antonio Janigro (cello) Eva Wollmann (piano) rec. 1955 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] Long forgotten treasures, sympathetically restored.

Mordecai Shehori (piano) The Celebrated New York Concerts Vol. 7 rec. 1979-90 CEMBAL D’AMOUR [JW] An enjoyable continuation of Shehori’s live concert series.


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