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Friday July 22nd
146 reviews completed so far this month

Eugen d’ALBERT (1864-1932) String Quartets - Reinhold Qt rec. 2015 CPO [BSt] Enjoyable performances, but not really superior to rival recordings.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Sonatas - Paul Makanowitzky (violin) Noël Lee (piano) rec. 1957/58 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] A Brahms cycle of unshowy virtuosity and compelling vision.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH R. Nathaniel DETT (1882-1943) The Ordering of Moses - May Festival Ch, Cincinnati SO/James Conlon rec. 2014 BRIDGE RECORDS [RB] One of the finest American choral-orchestral works I know steps out of the dust.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Coronation Anthems, Esther Choruses - NDR Ch, Festspiel O Göttingen/Laurence Cummings rec. 2012/14 ACCENT [DHu] Live Handel from Göttingen, at his most resplendent and life-affirming.

Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Le Bal Masqué, Trio, Sextet - Thomas Allen (baritone) Nash Ens rec. 1986 CRD [MR] Performances which stand comparison with anything that has emerged over the last 30 years.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Schubertiade - Anima Eterna Brugge/Jos van Immerseel (piano/director) rec. 2014 ALPHA [JFL] In one word: delightful!

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphonies 5, 8 & 9, Hamlet Suite - Boston SO/Andris Nelsons rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [JQ] A highly distinguished Shostakovich set from Andris Nelsons.

Elizabethan Pavans Oleg Timofeyev (lute) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [GH] For modest financial outlay this will give pleasure at any time.

Hush Collection Vol. 14 Live In Concert rec. 2014 HUSH MUSIC FOUNDATION [BMC] A wonderful collection of selections from past Hush releases.

Now Comes Beauty English Music Festival Commissions - BBC Concert O/Gavin Sutherland rec. 2014/16 EM RECORDS [RB] A depth of focus that extends beyond revivals to the vigorous creative life of today's composers.

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[New] Beulah: At the 2016 Proms by Brian Wilson

[New] ASV returns: Hispanic steps - A survey by Rob Barnett

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[New] An interview with conductor Christopher Seaman by Geoffrey Newman

[New] Joubert opera to receive its first professional performance - A preview by Rob Barnett

Download News 2016/8 by Brian Wilson

An interview with tenor Piotr Beczała by Michael Cookson

Listening Room Report by John Quinn

MWI Recommends: Brahms Double concerto & Respighi Ancient airs and dances.

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