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Friday March 27th
214 reviews completed so far this month

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Solo Keyboard Music Vol. 29 - Miklós Spányi (clavichord) rec. 2013 BIS [SSi] A worthy addition to the growing catalogue of CPE Bach recordings, one to savour.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concertos - Fredrik From, Peter Spissky, Bjarte Eike, Manfredo Kraemer (violin) Antoine Torunczyk (oboe) Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2011 CPO [DC] Gorgeous sonorities, well worth considering.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) La Damnation de Faust - Stuart Burrows, Edith Mathis, Donald McIntyre, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston SO/Seiji Ozawa rec. 1973 PENTATONE SACD [DBi] This is as good as it gets especially for surround listeners. Whether you own another recording or not, this one should be heard.

Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele - Ildar Abdrazakov, Ramón Vargas, Patricia Racette, San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti rec. 2013 EUROARTS DVD [WK] Overall a convincing contender.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 9 - Aarhus SO/John Gibbons rec. 2014 DANACORD [JF] I was impressed and moved.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Serenade 11; Divertimenti - Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists rec. 2014 LINN RECORDS SACD [ST] Exceptionally genial ... I enjoyed this immensely.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) All-night Vigil - Phoenix Chorale; Kansas City Chorale/Charles Bruffy rec. 2014 CHANDOS SACD [JQ] A very beautiful and inspired reading.

Kaija SAARIAHO (b.1952) Quatre instants, Terra memoria, Émilie Suite - Karen Vourc’h (soprano) Strasbourg PO/Marko Letonja rec. 2013/2014 ONDINE [SB] Atmospheric works from a leading Finnish composer.

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 3 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958) La Tragédie de Salomé Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Pétrouchka - SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Sylvain Cambreling rec. 2002/07 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC [SV] Plenty of character, both musical and pictorial but ...

Johanna Martzy (violin) Collection Vol. 3 rec. 1957-69 DOREMI [JW] Martzy in excellent form ... she plays with aristocratic command.

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