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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 10, 17 & 32 - Naum Grubert (piano) rec. 2013 NAVIS CLASSICS [JW] Encapsulates the playing of a thoughtful, experienced, devoted musician unconcerned with excess gestures.

Sir Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) The Beatitudes, The Enchantress - Heather Harper (soprano) Pamela Bowden (contralto) Gerald English (tenor) BBC SO & Ch/Sir Arthur Bliss, Rudolf Schwarz rec. 1957-64 LYRITA [JQ] An important collection of recordings of music by Bliss in fine live performances.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 3 - London PO/Stanisław Skrowaczewski rec. live, 2014 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA A notable live performance, deserving of significant praise [MC] A magisterial Bruckner performance [JQ].

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-63) Concerto funèbre Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Violin Sonata 1 Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Suite Italienne - Annie Jodry (violin) Ensemble Stringendo/Jean Thorel Hasmig Surmelian (piano) rec. live, 1990/2000 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] Hartmann: one of the finest interpretations of this work that I have ever heard.

Moisés MOLEIRO (1904-1979) Piano Music - Clara Rodriguez (piano) NIMBUS ALLIANCE [PCG] Rodriguez clearly understands the idiom perfectly and the recorded sound is fine.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Serenade, Divertimenti - Scottish Chamber Wind soloists rec. 2014 LINN SACD [GPJ] Stylish and technically superb playing of these sextet versions … I enjoyed this CD enormously.

Arvo PÄRT (b. 1935) Te Deum, Wallfahrtslied, Berliner Messe, Dopo la vittoria - Ch Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Peter Dijkstra rec. 2012/14 BR KLASSIK [DC] Fine but frustrating.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony 7 - Russian Ntl O/Paavo Järvi rec. 2014 PENTATONE SACD [DM] An unaffected, deeply humanising Seventh; quite possibly the best thing Paavo Järvi has ever done.

Jan Křtitel VAŇHAL (1739-1813) Sacred Works - Czech Boys Ch Boni Pueri Czech Chamber PO Pardubice/Marek Štryncl rec. 2014 ARCO DIVA [BW] Attractive music by a friend of Haydn and Mozart, freshly mined from the Czech archives.

Célébrations Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre Vol. 8 - Philippe Brandeis (organ) Les Cuivres de la Garde Républicaine/Sébastien Billard rec. 2014 HORTUS [GPJ] Not all pure gold but much is emphatically worth hearing.

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