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.
BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony
8 - Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann
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Griffiths rec. 2010-12 CPO SACD [MC] Enjoyable,
well crafted and splendidly performed.
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Lloyd (viola/viola d’amore) Abby Hayward (cello) Joanna Nicholson
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