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Anton ARENSKY (1861-1906) Symphonies 1 & 2, Suite No. 3, Anniversary Cantata, Fantasia on Themes by Ryabinin, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Vocal Quartets - Russian State Symphonic Cappella & SO/Valeri Polyansky, BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky rec. 2001/2 CHANDOS [DJB] There is a good reason why these symphonies have a very limited discography – they are only of limited quality.

Maurice EMMANUEL (1862-1938) Violin Sonata, Suite on Greek folksongs, Musiques - Frédéric Angleraux (violin) Hélène Hébrard (mezzo) François Killian (piano) rec. 2013 TOCCATA CLASSICS [WK] Powerful performances … a true understanding of both poetry and music.

Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878-1958) Music for piano Vols 1 & 2 - Panagiotis Trochopoulos (piano) rec. 2008/9 CAMEO CLASSICS [PCG] Smashing fistfuls of chords and anguish-laden dissonances ... fire-eating performances.

Jaroslav RÍDKÝ (1897-1956) Cello Concerto 2, Serenade for strings Otakar OSTRČIL (1879-1935) Summer - František Smetana (cello) Brno RSO/Bretislav Bakala, Czech PO/Jaroslav Rídký, Karel Šejna rec. 1950s FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] This is a pleasure to listen to.

Viktor ULLMANN (1898-1944) The Complete Works for Piano Solo - Christophe Sirodeau (piano) rec. 2010/12 BIS SACD [DM] Deeply penetrating performances; a new benchmark has been set.

The Beatles Arrangements for string quartet by Luboš Krtička - Wihan Qt rec. 2000. NIMBUS ALLIANCE [RB] Looking for some unassertive Beatles-flavoured string quartet background then look no further.

Home is where ... Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Salutes to Seven Poets George ENESCU (1881-1955) Sonata in the Romanian Folk Character Boris PIGOVAT (b.1953) Viola Sonata - Donald Maurice (viola) Richard Mapp (piano) ATOLL [SA] Three works in total contrast to each other and working extremely well as a programme.

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