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Friday May 29th
192 reviews completed so far this month

Cecilé CHAMINADE (1857-1944) Piano Trio 2 Claude DEBUSSY (-1918) Piano Trio René LENORMAND (1846-1932) Piano Trio - Trio Chausson rec. 2011 MIRARE MIR163 [72:13] [DJB] Beautifully played, with a real rarity, but the shining star is the Chaminade.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Complete waltzes, Nocturnes - Louis Lortie (piano) rec. 2011-14 CHANDOS CHAN 10852 [83:20] [BR] Louis Lortie’s Chopin series climbs to new heights with the best album yet.

Michele ESPOSITO (1855-1929) Music for violin and piano - Carmelo Andriani (violin) Vincenzo Maltempo (piano) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95102 [46:40 + 52:40] [JW] A fine release, and complementary to an earlier Esposito release.

Yoshihiro KANNO (b. 1953) Light, Water, Rainbow - Noriko Ogawa (piano) rec. 2014 BIS BIS-2075 SACD [72:00] [KM] I look forward to hearing more music by this composer.

Anthony RITCHIE (b.1960) Symphony 4 - Jenny Wollerman (soprano) Christchurch SO/Tom Woods rec. 2014 ATOLL ACD314 [42:20] [BW] Powerful music, powerfully performed and well worth your attention.

Paweł SZYMAŃSKI (b. 1954) Pieces for String Quartet Paweł MYKIETYN (b. 1971) String Quartet 2 - Royal Qt rec. 2014 HYPERION CDA68085 [66:53] [NB] Admirers of the contemporary string quartet genre will find no fence they need to sit on here.

Donaufahrt Works by Beethoven, Doppler, Kalliwoda, Mozart & Weber - Rie Koyama (bassoon) Clemens Müller (piano) rec. 2014 GENUIN GEN15334 [66:23] [GPJ] Stunning playing from this brilliantly gifted young Japanese bassoonist.

In the Midst of Life Music From the Baldwin Part Books Vol. 1 - Contrapunctus/Owen Rees rec. 2014 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD408 [68:18] [GH] This is a fine CD and I wait impatiently for its follow-up.

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