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Friday April 25th
208 reviews completed so far this month

Charles-Valentin ALKAN (1813-1888) Concerto for solo piano - Vincenzo Maltempo (piano) rec. 2013 PIANO CLASSICS [JW] A formidable disc, excellently recorded and splendidly interpreted.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of The Screw Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Michael Clayton-Jolly, Lucy Hall, LSO/Richard Farnes rec. 2013 LSO LIVE [ST] A welcome set but does not take precedence over the finest.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony 1 - Collegium Vocale Ghent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Edo de Waart rec. 2013 PENTATONE CLASSICS SACD [JQ] Worthwhile Elgar performances from Belgium, though a disastrous side-break in Gerontius is a major drawback.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Piano Trios Volume 3 - Kungsbacka Piano Trio rec. 2008 NAXOS [LJ] Intuitive and insightful performances complemented by a fresh and balanced recording. Bravo!

Bernardo PASQUINI (1637 - 1710) Sonatas for two organs - Luca Scandali (organ) Hadrien Jourdan (organ/harpsichord) rec. 2012 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] More than 70 minutes of pure joy - don't miss it.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata D960; Wandererfantasie - Barry Douglas (piano) rec. 2013 CHANDOS [DC] Not quite top of the pile, but still very good.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Miriways Markus Volpert, Ulrike Hofbaur, Julie Martin du Theil, L'Orfeo Barockorchester/Michi Gaigg rec. 2012 CPO [DC] Highly attractive High Baroque.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Don Carlo Josi Van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Waltraud Meier, Orchestre de Paris/Antonio Pappano rec. 1996 WARNER CLASSICS Blu-ray [RF] The overall darkness of this production is compensated for by the presence of some Francophone singers, particularly Alagna.

Grigory Sokolov (piano) Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky - rec. 1966-88 MELODIYA [SG] Connoisseurs of consummate pianism will want this set from a pianist who has achieved cult status.

1930s Violin Concertos Volume 1 Works by Barber, Berg, Britten, Hartmann & Stravinsky - Gil Shaham (violin) rec. 2008-13 CANARY CLASSICS [NB] For those who collect Shaham's recordings there is much to admire here.


[New] National discography update: German & Austrian symphonies by Mike Herman

[New] David Jennings' Piano Sonata by John France

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Forgotten artists: Otto Ackermann by Christopher Howell

David Dubery: Observations - a new recording by John France

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