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Wednesday July 1st
10 reviews completed so far this month

Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphonies 2 & 8 - Gothenburg SO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2013 CHANDOS SACD [JQ] I’m convinced by Järvi’s performance of the Eighth, less so the Second.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Complete Organ Music Vol. 1 - Stefano Molardi (organ) rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] There is very little here that I really enjoyed.

Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) Piano Music Vol. 2 - Mark Bebbington (piano) rec. 2011 SOMM [JW] Appealing, full of engaging, thoughtful musicianship and plenty of flair.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto Moritz MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925) Piano Concerto - Joseph Moog (piano) Deutsche Radio Phil Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern/Nicholas Milton rec. 2014 ONYX [SG] Terrific music-making. Definitely a winner.

Michel-Richard de LALANDE (1657-1726) Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy - Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg/Jürgen Groß rec. 2013 CHALLENGE CLASSICS [JV] This disc offers an interesting approach to Lalande's symphonies.

Michel LEGRAND (b. 1932) & Jacques DEMY (1931-1990) Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - Marie Oppert, Vincent Niclo, Natalie Dessay, O Ntl d’Ile-de-France/Michel Legrand rec. 2014 ERATO DVD [IL] Retro - convincing and moving.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphonies 5 & 6 - Frankfurt Radio SO/Paavo Järvi rec.2011/13 C MAJOR Blu-ray [JQ] Collectors who are following Paavo Järvi’s Mahler cycle can invest with confidence.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, La muse et le poète - Noah Geller (violin) Mark Gibbs (cello) Jan Kraybill (organ) Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern rec. 2013 REFERENCE RECORDINGS [MC] This beautifully produced release is a pleasure to own.

Martha Argerich & Friends Live from Lugano 2014 rec. 2014 WARNER CLASSICS [DC] Bit of a mixed bag, but at its best still maintains the Lugano magic.

Memories Lost Works by Say, Tyzen, Julian, Qigang, Xioahan & Xilin - Chen Sa (piano) Taipei Chinese O/Chung Yiu-Kwong rec. 2013 BIS SACD [PCG] Chen Sa spins a marvellous atmosphere throughout and is beautifully recorded.


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