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Wednesday September 17th
115 reviews completed so far this month

Pierre ATTAINGNANT (1494-1552) Auprès de vous - Pierre Gallon, Freddy Eichelberger (claviorganum and virginal) Thomas Dunford (lute) ENCELADE [GH] Goes some way towards throwing light upon Attaingnant as well as introducing us to the curious and enticing claviorganum.

Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907) Songs - Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo) Nils Anders Mortensen (piano) rec. 2013 LAWO [GF] Worth buying not least for the opportunity to hear the lesser known songs – and some impressive singing.

Maurice JACOBSON (1896-1976) Theme and Variations, The Music Room, Mosaic, The Song of Songs - Julian Jacobson, Mariko Brown (pianos) Jennifer Johnston (mezzo) Raphael Wallfisch (cello) rec. 2013 NAXOS [RB] This generous anthology of Jacobson's smaller-scale works will please and intrigue.

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Cello Sonatas 1-3 Olli MUSTONEN (b. 1967) Cello Sonata Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Malinconia - Steven Isserlis (cello) Olli Mustonen (piano) rec. 2013 BIS SACD [JW] For a top-notch, intense recording Isserlis and Mustonen take some beating.

Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Vasco de Gama - Bernhard Berchtold (tenor) Chemnitz Opera Ch, Robert-Schumann-Philh/Frank Beermann rec. 2013 CPO [PCG] Will be welcomed by all who are interested in the development of romantic opera in the period immediately before the Wagnerian ascendancy swept all before it.

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Violin Sonata Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Sonata - Frédéric Bednarz (violin) Natsuki Hiratsuka (piano) METIS ISLANDS MUSIC [NB] A disc that for all its competence lacks the special insights that demand attention.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Manfred Symphony - Russian Ntl O/Mikhail Pletnev rec. 2013 PENTATONE SACD [MC] Bitingly dramatic playing in this compelling and memorable performance.

Christopher WRIGHT (b.1954) Pandora’s Last Gift rec. 2013 MÉTIER [JF] Approachable if a little challenging. Written with consummate skill and not inconsiderable inspiration.

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