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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cantatas, Concerto for Oboe d'amore and strings - Charles Humphries (counter-tenor) Alexandra Bellamy (oboe d'amore) Kontrabande rec. 2001 CLAUDIO [DBi] A very attractive addition to the catalogue of Bach cantatas.

Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710-1784) Orchestral Works - CPE Bach CO/Hartmut Haenchen rec. 1993 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [GH] Will W.F.'s time ever come?

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie Fantastique, Waverley - London SO/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 LSO LIVE [ST] No amount of dressing up will help this compete with the best out there.

Walter BRAUNFELS (1882-1954) Verkündigung - Robert Holl (bass) Hanna Schwarz (mezzo) Juliane Banse (soprano) Bavarian Radio Ch/Munich Radio O/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2011 BR KLASSIK [SSi] One of the finest examples of Braunfels’ music available.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 9 -London SO/Leopold Ludwig rec. 1959 EVEREST [JQ] An unfairly unsung Mahler Ninth. A significant achievement well worth the attention of Mahler collectors, especially since the sound is so fine.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Catherine Naglestad (soprano) Matthias Klink (tenor) Kate Ladner (soprano) Heinz Göhrig (tenor) Ch & O Staatsoper Stuttgart/Lothar Zagrosek rec. live, 1999 ARTHAUS MUSIC DVD [RF] The arguments for this production concept are specious and presumptuous.

Myroslav SKORYK (b. 1938) Diptych, Violin Concerto 7, Cello Concerto, Carpathian Concerto - Nazary Pilatyuk (violin) Valery Kazakov (cello) Odessa PO/Hobart Earle rec. 2013 NAXOS [PCG] Clearly the orchestra know and enjoy Skoryk’s music as indeed they should. A real discovery.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johanna Martzy (violin) Collection Vol. 3 - rec. 1959-69 DOREMI [SG] A feast for violin buffs.


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