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Friday August 23rd
151 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Well-Tempered Clavier Book I - Keith Jarrett (piano) rec. 1987 ECM NEW SERIES 2627/28 [50:42 + 53:39] [DC] Tempted? You should be.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas Vol. 8 - Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68220 [76:46] [MG] Illuminating, vibrant, intensely ‘in the moment’ performances.

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704) Les Plaisirs de Versailles, Les Arts Florissants - Teresa Wakim (soprano) Jesse Blumberg (baritone) Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ens/Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs rec. 2019 CPO 555 283-2 [73:27] [GH] The plots may be minimal but the performances are a joy.

Fini HENRIQUES (1867-1940) Piano works - Christina Bj°rk°e (piano) rec. 2018 DACAPO 8.226150 [81:53] [JW] Henriques’ pieces make few real demands on the listener but offer good material for a pianist young in spirit.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No. 3 Mily BALAKIREV (1837-1910) Russia - London SO/Valery Gergiev rec. 2014 LSO LIVE LSO0779 [56:30] [SV] Many listeners will enjoy this disc despite unconventional pacing.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Salome - Asmik Grigorian, John Daszak, Wiener Philharmoniker/Franz Welser-M÷st rec. 2018 UNITEL EDITIONS 801704 Blu-Ray [112 mins] [RWe] Sets a new benchmark in the performance of the title role.

Green & Pleasant Land Vol. 2 Kevin Bowyer (organ) rec. 2017 PRIORY PRCD1193 [79:36] [MR] Kevin Bowyer transforms even the most unenticing pieces into a captivating listening experience.

Nordic Songs Ulla Ricklander (mezzo) Cathrine Pendrup (piano) rec. 2018 DANACORD DACOCD841 [44:25] [SSi] A fine disc of Nordic songs which offers the unusual as well as the well-known.

Songbook Jan Vogler (cello) Ismo Eskelinen (guitar) rec. 2019 SONY CLASSIC 19075959762 [54.50] [MC] Sparklingly played.

A Tribute to Danny Granados Works by Brahms, Golijov & Piazzolla - Danny Granados (clarinet) Fidelis String Qt rec. 2011 DELOS DE3562 [63:41] [MR] This disc is as musically enticing as it is personally affectionate.

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