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Friday March 6th
54 reviews completed so far this month

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony in F minor 'Studiensinfonie' - Philharmoniker Hamburg/Simone Young rec. 2013 OEHMS CLASSICS SACD [JQ] By no means the finished Brucknerian article but a valuable part of this fine Bruckner cycle.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Images Books 1 & 2; Preludes Book 2 - Marc-André Hamelin (piano) rec. 2011/2012 HYPERION [DD] A very fine recording.

Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; La péri - Fanfare and Poème Dansé; Symphony - RTÉ National SO/Jean-Luc Tingaud rec. 2013 NAXOS [JZ] A fine addition to the estimable Dukas discography.

Jón LEIFS (1899-1968) Scherzo concreto; Quintet; Variazioni pastorale; Elegies - Thórunn Gudmundsdóttir (mezzo) Rut Ingólfsdóttir (violin) Reykjavík CO/Bernhardur Wilkinson rec. 2002/05 BIS [DBi] Elegies is a remarkable and intensely powerful work that should be heard. A fascinating disc.

Leonardo LEO (1694-1744) Recorder Sonatas - Tommaso Rossi (recorder) Ensemble Barocco di Napoli rec. 2013 STRADIVARIUS [JV] Recorder aficionados will love this disc.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Requiem - Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano) Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo) Saimir Pirgu (tenor) Orlin Anastassov (bass) Bavarian RSO & Ch/Mariss Jansons rec. 2013 ARTHAUS Blu-ray [ST] This is now the one to go for.

Brazilian Sentiments Christiane Roncaglio (soprano) André Bayer (guitar) Cristian Peix (piano) rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO [OL] Full of the colourful, carefree spirit of Brazil.

Alfred Cortot The Piano Works - Jacques Thibaud (violin) Pablo Casals (cello) rec. 1926-1949 DOCUMENTS [GF] Readers with an interest in piano and chamber music days gone-by should derive a lot of pleasure from this box which in some shops retails at about £1 per disc.

Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Simple Gifts - Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski rec. 1993 ABC CLASSICS [RF] This wide-ranging and enjoyable collection of songs from a much-loved singer who graced many performances and recordings makes an excellent addition to any collection.

Menahem Pressler (piano) A 90th Birthday Celebration - Benjamin Berlioz (double-bass) Quatuor Ebène rec. 2013 ERATO CD & DVD [SG] Chamber music enthusiasts will surely find a place for this memorable release on their shelves.

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Download News 2015/2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

Listening Studio Report by John Quinn

Forgotten Artists: Astra Desmond by Christopher Howell

National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos H-L by Mike Herman

Two Centuries In One: Musical Romanticism & the Twentieth Century - an e-book by Herbert Pauls (available as a pdf - we recommend you download it to your computer as it is a large file, 4Mb)

An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: Introduction ~~ "A" Composers

MWI Recommends - Brahms piano concerto 1 & Tchaikovsky symphony 6.

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