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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suites - Alfia Nakipbekova (cello) rec. 2007/8 CAMEO CLASSICS [SG] These performances stand side-by side with the best.

Jean BARRAQUÉ (1928-1973) Sonate - Roger Woodward (piano) rec. 1972 CELESTIAL HARMONIES [DC] Serious serialism, but a magnificent edifice.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 3 & 4 - Maria João Pires (piano) Swedish Radio SO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013 ONYX [ST] Exhilarating and enlightening.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Songs Vol. 5 - Christopher Maltman (baritone) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [TB] An important addition to the Brahms discography.

David ELLIS (b. 1933) Concert Music - Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth, Northern CO/Nicolas Ward, RNCM Sinfonia/Sir Edward Downes, Manchester Camerata/Frank Cliff rec. 1973-2013 DIVINE ART [JS] Ellis is a composer who deserves all success.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 39-41 - Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [BR] Harnoncourt is getting weird with age. Here he insists the three symphonies are in fact one, and that they were funded by blackmail.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3 Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Organ concerto - Thomas Trotter (organ) Auckland PO/Arvo Volmer rec. 2010 ATOLL [JS] Eminently musical ... I hope that what may be perceived as a lack of surface allure will not hide the real merits of these performances.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ein Heldenleben Edgard VARÈSE (1883-1965) Amériques - Lu Wei (violin) Deutsches SO Berlin/Ingo Metzmacher rec. 2007 CHALLENGE CLASSICS [MC] One of the most remarkable releases I’ve heard this year.

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