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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Schübler & Leipzig Chorales - Kåre Nordstoga (organ) rec. 2012 LAWO CLASSICS [DC] Gorgeous and spacious, but more immersion than involvement.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Overtures - O des Concerts Lamoureux/Igor Markevitch rec. 1958 ISTITUTO DISCOGRAFICO ITALIANO [SV] Fleet, linear, lean and generally crisp.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Complete Works for Piano - Martino Tirimo (piano) rec. 2003 HERITAGE [JWh] A lovely set.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete works for piano and orchestra - Oleg Marshev, Anne Mette Stæhr (piano) South Denmark PO/David Porcelijn rec. 2011-2012 DANACORD [RB] Apportioned across a couple of evenings you will find much to enjoy as you discover works that in the majority of cases you may not have heard before.

MORITZ, Landgrave of Hesse (1572-1632) Sacred and Secular Works - Weser-Renaissance Bremen/Manfred Cordes rec. 2010 CPO [JV] Idiomatic and compelling interpretations of compositions by a German 'uomo universale' of the late Renaissance.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) The Complete Preludes - Peter Katin (piano) rec. 1971 SOMM [JQ] A welcome tribute to a highly distinguished pianist.

Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Complete Sonatas Vol. 1 - Nicolas Dautricourt (violin) Juliette Hurel (flute) Raphaël Pidoux (cello) François Kerdoncuff (piano) rec. 2012-2013 TIMPANI [SG] A splendid case is made for these works.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) - Violin Sonatas, Rondo for violin and strings - Sara Trickey (violin) Daniel Tong (piano) Callino Qt rec. 2013 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS [CF] The music on this CD makes for seventy minutes of sheer delight.


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