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166 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cöthen funeral music - Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) Damien Guillon (counter-tenor) Thomas Hobbs (tenor) Christian Immler (bass) Ensemble Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon rec. 2014 HARMONIA MUNDI [DC] ‘New’ old Bach – yes please!

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonatas Carl REINECKE (1824-1910) Undine Sonata; Introduzione ed Allegro appassionato - Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano) rec. 2014 CHANDOS An excellent recording of the Brahms Sonatas but for me it is the Reinecke pieces which are the real stars here [SSi] What more could we possibly want? [PCG]

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartets 10 & 11 - Talich Qt rec. 2014 LA DOLCE VOLTA [JW] For sheer lyric elegance and an approach that lets the music unfold naturally, warmly and affectionately, you can't go wrong with the Talich.

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683 - 1760) Bass Cantatas - Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone) Accademia Daniel/Shalev Ad-El rec. 2010 CPO [JV] I can't imagine a stronger case for these cantatas than Mertens' interpretations.

Alan HOVHANESS (1911-2000) Piano Works - Alessandra Pompili (piano) rec. 2013 DYNAMIC [JW] A disarmingly well-played disc.

Kyung-Wha Chung (violin) The Complete Warner Recordings rec. 1978-2000 WARNER CLASSICS [MC] A confident reminder of why Chung is so highly placed in the pantheon of violinists.

Guitar Music of Colombia José Antonio Escobar (guitar) rec. 2012 NAXOS [BR] José Antonio Escobar’s musical tour of South America reaches the folksy, charming Afro-Caribbean influences of Colombia.

Lavinia Meijer (harp) Voyage - Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson rec. 2013/2014 SONY CLASSICAL [BR] Lavinia Meijer’s greatest-hits collection of French impressionists is mostly terrific.


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