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163 reviews completed so far this month

Franz Ignaz BECK (1734-1809) Symphonies - Czech Chamber PO Pardubice/Marek Štilec rec. 2013 NAXOS [DD] Good performances of modest but enjoyable mid eighteenth century symphonies.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) The Violin Sonatas - Augustin Dumay (violin) Louis Lortie (piano) rec. 2014 ONYX Warm-hearted and deeply felt accounts of Brahms's Violin Sonatas [LW] Communicative warmth, irresistible lyricism and a kind of serenity [JW].

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1789) Faramondo - Emily Fons (mezzo) Maarten Engeltjies (counter-tenor)  FestspielOrchester Göttingen/Lawrence Cummings rec. 2014 ACCENT ACC26402 [RMo] Plenty of rhythmic spring and inner vitality. Nothing drags.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 9 - Vienna SO/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1960 PRISTINE AUDIO [JQ] A valuable issue of Jascha Horenstein’s dark, uncompromising interpretation of Mahler’s Ninth.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Piano Trios 1 & 2, Variations Concertantes - Gould Piano Trio rec. 2012/13 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS [BW] Very likeable performances which many will prefer even over the Florestan Trio on Hyperion.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphonies 1-3 & 7, Sinfonietta & Autumn Sketch - Bournemouth SO/Kirill Karabits rec. 2013/14 ONYX [MC] Karabits’ recordings are creditable and listeners will find in them much to engage their interest.

Augusta Read THOMAS (b.1964) Music for Strings NIMBUS ALLIANCE [GH] An exciting CD.

Johan WAGENAAR (1862–1941) Symphonic Poems Vol. 2 - Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie/Antony Hermus CPO [DJB] An enjoyable, though not revelatory, hour of good-natured music.

Ernst Levy (piano) Forgotten Genius Vol. 4 -  Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, Haydn, Liszt & Schubert rec. 1952-59 MARSTON [JW] One of the most perplexing, remarkable musicians you are likely to come across.

Poema Works by Kangas, Nordgren, Sallinen & Salmenhaara - Marko Ylönen (cello) Ostrobothnian CO/Juha Kangas rec. 2013 ALBA SACD [DC] Fascinating programme, but not a refuge for the depressed.

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by Martin Lee-Browne and Paul Guinery The Boydell Press [SG] This splendid and long-awaited biography will be avidly welcomed by Delius devotees.


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