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Monday April 21st
165 reviews completed so far this month

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Vol. 6 - Leipzig String Qt rec. 2013 MDG [AL] Performances that are polished and enjoyable but still leave me wanting more.

Johann Martin Friedrich NISLE (1780-1873) Octet; Septet; Quintet - Consortium Classicum rec. 2009 CPO [PB] Most enjoyable. CPO are to be congratulated for giving music-lovers a fresh name to pursue.

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] Three sonatas from a composer who deserves better recognition. Well worth exploring.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Helmut Deutsch (piano) rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [JQ] One of the most acclaimed of today’s voices in Winterreise.

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Tempest; Piano Concerto 1 - Joyce Yang (piano) Odense SO/Alexander Lazarev rec. 2011/2013 BRIDGE [RMo] Fine live performances from a supposedly provincial source.

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony 1; Violin Concerto - Tasmin Little (violin) BBC SO/Edward Gardner rec. 2013/2014 CHANDOS SACD [BW] Performances that vie with the very best in both works.

The American Album Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet 12 Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884-1920) Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes Kevin PUTS (1972-) Lento assai Samuel BARBER (1910-1981) String Quartet - Cypress String Qt rec. 2011/12 AVIE [SV] Appealing and makes this a good programme for "listening through".

Amore e morte dell'amore - Duets by Monteverdi, Marcello, Lotti, Scarlatti, Durante and Handel - Roberta Invernizzi (soprano) Sonia Prina (contralto) Ensemble Claudiana/Luca Pianca rec. 2012 NAÏVE [JV] Fine music, great singing.

Adolf Busch The Berlin Recordings 1921-29 GUILD HISTORICAL [JW] An important acquisition for the violin-fancier, commended for its comprehensiveness and its generosity.

Medieval Chant / Tallis Lamentations - Tenebrae Consort/Nigel Short rec. 2013 BENE ARTE [GH] Beautiful and captivating music, superbly sung . uplifting at any time of the year.

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MWI Recommends - Tchaikovsky piano concerto 1 & Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade.

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