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Monday December 22nd
173 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concertos, Chaconne - Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Joshua Bell (violin) rec. 2014 SONY [RWe] If this unusual programme appeals, you will find exhilarating and affecting playing here.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Concertos 1-3 - Geza Anda (piano) Berlin RSO/Ferenc Fricsay rec. 1959/60 ALTO [JWh] A fantastic recording. Lives up to the label “Legendary Performance”.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Gioconda de Vito (violin) Amedeo Baldovino (cello) Philharmonia O/Rudolf Schwarz rec. 1952/3 AMARE CLASSICS [JW] Rewarding if occasionally quixotic listening.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759) Between Heaven and Earth / Arias and Duets - Sandrine Piau (soprano) Accademia bizantina/Stefano Montanari (violin) Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini NAĎVE [GF] A very attractive buy for all Handel aficionados.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 1 Alma Maria MAHLER (1879-1964) Sieben Lieder - Barbora Polašková (mezzo) Prague SO/Zdenĕk Mácal rec. 2010/11 ARCODIVA [SV] A pleasure to hear Mácal still on form.

Étienne MOULINIÉ (1599-1676) Meslanges pour la Chapelle de Gaston d’Orléans - Ens Correspondances/ Sébastian Daucé rec. 2014 HARMONIA MUNDI [GH] Cultured, sensitive and beautifully moulded performances ... a notable and delightful disc ... well worth investigating.

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Les Indes galantes – Valérie Gabail, Stéphanie Révidat (soprano) Reinoud van Mechelen (haut-contre ten) Le Choeur du Marais, La Simphonie du Marais/Hugo Reyne rec. 2013 MUSIQUE Ŕ LA CHABOTTERIE [RMo] Laudable, valuable, thorough, scholarly and complete. I only wish that the singing did not compromise its quality.

Franz REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968) Complete Works for Piano - Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2013 LYRITA [NB] Very fine technically and musically ... a set of which Lyrita's founder, Richard Itter would be proud.

Josef STRAUSS (1827-1870) Josef Strauss meets Offenbach: Quadrilles rec. 1994-2004 NAXOS [JS] Gently amusing and entertaining.

Diana Gabrielyan (piano) Works by Babajanyan, Mansurian, Shostakovich & Stravinsky - rec. 2013 ODRADEK RECORDS [GMo] A well-planned and very enjoyable programme and an excellent set of performances.

Other reviews
Anatevka (Fiddler on the Roof) Gerhard Ernst, Dagmar Schellenberger, Bele Kumberger, Mörbisch Festival Ch & O/David Levi rec. 2014 OEHMS [JW] Played less like a musical and more like an operetta.

The Golden Age of Light Music A Light Music Smörgĺsbord rec. 1936-62 GUILD LIGHT MUSIC [JW] Scandi-Light is the focus of this disc.

Bill Haley and His Comets Rock Around the Clock 1951-1956 RETROSPECTIVE [BMC] If you like early rock & roll, this CD is a good choice.

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