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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Suites for Solo Cello 2, 3 & 6 - Maxim Rysanov (viola) rec. 2012/13 BIS  SACD [JW] Carefully calibrated vibrato in music that is always vibrant and exciting. Some of the most exciting such playing on disc.

Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895) Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Introduction & Allegro - Tasmanian SO/Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [PRB] Highly enjoyable ... Godard was far more than just a composer of small-scale salon music.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sonata, Little Piano Pieces, La lugubre gondola - Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2003 HARMONIA MUNDI  [GPJ] A welcome re-release of Paul Lewis’s superb Liszt recital of 2003, including one of the finest B minor Sonatas on disc.

Nicolai MEDTNER (1880-1951) Medtner Plays Medtner  Vol. 1 - rec. 1930-1947 MELODIYA [SG] Excellent transfers of this delightful music.

Boris PAPANDOPULO (1906-1991) Piano Concerto 2, Sinfonietta, Pintarichiana - Oliver Triendl (piano) Zagreb Soloists/Sreten Krstić rec. 2013 CPO [DJB] Quite a discovery.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Elektra - Birgit Nilsson (soprano) Regina Resnik (mezzo) Leonie Rysanek (soprano) O & Ch Vienna State Op/Karl Böhm rec. 1965 ORFEO [ST] Thrilling, not just as a historical document, but also as brilliant music-making.

Chanson d’avril French chansons and melodies by Bizet, Duparc, Liszt & Ravel - Nicole Cabell (soprano) Craig Terry (piano) rec. 2013 DELOS [GF] A voice that can be overwhelming but so many strengths: a rounded contralto darkness matched with an almost girlish lightness.

El Sistema at the 2013 Salzburg Festival Works by Mahler, Ginastera, Gershwin & others - Ntl Children’s SO Venezuela/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2013 C MAJOR DVD [IL] An amazing concert from very talented young Venezuelans.


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