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21 reviews completed so far this month

Sally BEAMISH (b. 1956) The Singing, A Cage of Doves, Under the Wing of the Rock, Reckless, Trumpet Concerto - James Crabb (accordion) Branford Marsalis (alto saxophone) Hĺkan Hardenberger (trumpet) Royal Scottish Ntl O/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2014 BIS SACD [DM] Highly inventive, emotionally complex and consistently inspired this is Beamish at her considerable best; cracking good sound, too.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Introduction et Polonaise brillante, Waltz, Cello Sonata Ernst von DOHNÁNYI (1877-1960) Cello Sonata - Duo Arnicans rec. 2014 SOLO MUSICA [MC] A desirable release worthy of attention for its standard of performance and absorbing programme.

Louis Moreau GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869) Solo Piano Music - Steven Mayer (piano) rec. 2014 NAXOS Demonstrates pretty convincingly that we don't always need to treat Gottschalk scores as if they're best suited to Liberace [RMay] Steven Mayer has not caught all the facets of Gottschalk’s music on this disc [GF].

Hugi GUDMUNDSSON (b.1977) Calm of the deep - Hanna Loftsdóttir (viola da gamba), Hamrahild Ch, Nordic Affect rec. 2012/13 SMEKKLEYSA [PCG] Rather short measure, but a good advertisement for a highly accessible composer who deserves to receive wider recognition.

John McCABE (1939-2015) Variations, Studies, Bagatelles, Haydn Variations - John McCabe (piano) rec. 1998 NAXOS [JF] An important re-release of a valuable British Music Society disc that some people - like me - may have missed first time round.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Choral works - Onyx Brass, Daniel Cook (organ) Ch Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec. 2014 HYPERION [JQ] A magnificent disc.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Götterdämmerung Act III - Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Gottlob Frick, O & Ch Royal Opera House/Georg Solti rec. 1963 TESTAMENT [JQ] A bit of Wagner performance history - and a fine performance in its own right.

Piotr Beczala (tenor) The French Collection - Diana Damrau (soprano) O l’Opéra Ntl de Lyon/Alain Altinoglu rec. 2014 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [GF] Not a bad recital but I wish it had been recorded five years ago when Beczala was still in his prime.

Leonid Kogan (violin) Concertos by Brahms & Tchaikovsky - Boston SO/Pierre Monteux; Paris Conservatory Concert Society O/Constantin Silvestri rec. 1958/59 MELODIYA [SG] Not all as it seems on the packet.

Leopold Stokowski (conductor) All-American Youth O, Hollywood Bowl SO rec. 1940-46 MUSIC & ARTS [JW] A compact feast for Stokowski fans.

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