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Christopher BALL (b. 1936) Cor Anglais Concerto; Clarinet Quintet; Recorder Concerto; Scenes from a Comedy; Caprice on a Baroque Theme - Paul Arden-Taylor (cor anglais, recorder, oboe)  Emerald Concert O, Adderbury Ens/Christopher Ball MUSICAL CONCEPTS [RB] Heart-lifting music in performances and recordings to match.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Ein deutsches Requiem - Sally Matthews (soprano) Christopher Maltman (baritone) London SO & Ch/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 LSO LIVE [SV] A good performance but no challenge to your particular favourite from analogue days.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) The Triumph of Time and Truth - Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan (sopranos) Tim Mead (counter-tenor) Ed Lyon (tenor) William Berger (bass) Ludus Baroque/Richard Neville-Towle rec. 2013 DELPHIAN [BW] You can’t really go wrong with this fine recording.

Sean HICKEY (b.1970) Cursive - Philip Edward Fisher (piano) Julia Sakharova (violin) Brandon Patrick George (flute) Anne Lanzilotti (viola) Meredith Clark (harp) DELOS [JW] An easy, interesting entry into the sound-world of a rounded, intelligent composer.

Peter LIEBERSON (1946-2011) Rilke Songs, The Six Realms, Horn Concerto - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo) Peter Serkin (piano) Michaela Fukacova (cello) William Purvis (horn) Odense SO/Justin Brown/Donald Palma rec. 2003-2005 BRIDGE [LW] The first in a series of fine recordings of Peter Lieberson’s music.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)The Sleeping Beauty - USSR State Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1980 MELODIYA [RMay] Vividly coloured and vivacious, yet skilfully crafted.

Jacob Ter VELDHUIS (b. 1951) Complete Solo Piano Music - Jeroen van Veen, Sandra van Veen, Ronald Brautigam (pianos) Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Thierry Fischer rec. 2010/13 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [DC] Rewarding and illuminating.

Dances and Visions Works by Lully, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy & Saint-Saens - Mordecai Shehori (piano) rec. 2014 CEMBAL D’AMOUR [JW] Shies away from volatile directness preferring a more considered, almost resigned perspective.


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