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Joseph ACHRON (1886-1943) Music for violin and piano - Michael Ludwig (violin) Alison d’Amato (piano) rec. 2013 NAXOS [SA] Committed performances of some really lovely tunefully melodic music of great charm.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 3 - Altomonte O St. Florian/Rémy Ballot rec. 2013 GRAMOLA [RMo] Not the only way to deliver this symphony but constitutes an entirely satisfactory and convincing vision of a majestic work.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Sea Pictures; The Dream of Gerontius - Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Stuart Skelton (tenor) David Soar (bass) BBC SO & Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2014 CHANDOS SACD [JQ] A notable addition to the Gerontius discography which captures on disc at last Sarah Connolly’s portrayal of The Angel.

Johann Adolf HASSE (1699-1783) Cantatas and Chamber Music - Kai Wessel (counter-tenor) Musica Alta Ripa rec. 1998 MDG [JW] Hasse collectors will welcome this disc as the repertoire is still rare on disc.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Josephslegende - Staatskapelle Weimar/Stefan Solyom rec. 2012 CPO [RMay] A "safe" choice but if you want more then look elsewhere.

Will TODD (b. 1970) Lux et Veritas - Tenebrae; English CO/Nigel Short rec. 2014 SIGNUM [RB] Don't miss this movingly accessible and genuinely sensitive choral collection.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata - Ermonela Jaho, Francesco Demuro, Vladimir Stoyanov, O Arena Verona/Julian Kovatchev rec. 2011 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray [RF] Neither the Verona Arena nor this singing cast and production justifies its appearance in the video format. There are many better versions to tempt the money from your wallet.

The Baroque Virtuoso Tafelmusik Baroque O/Jeanne Lamon (violin) TAFELMUSIK MEDIA [JW] A suitably effective envoi from Lamon.


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