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William BYRD (1539/40–1623) The Three Masses - Westminster Cathedral Ch/Martin Baker rec. 2013 HYPERION [BW] One of the best recordings of this wonderful music.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)  Piano Concerto 1, Piano Sonata 3 - Guiomar Novaes (piano) Bamberg SO/Ionel Perlea rec. 1952/57 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [SG] Chopin playing of impeccable refinement.

Marco DALL’AQUILA (c.1480-1538) Music for Lute - Sandro Volta (six-course lute) rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [GH] Not an overlooked master but the music is pleasing and the performances are immaculate.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quartet 2, Clarinet Trio, Trois romances sans paroles - Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Philip Dukes (viola) Richard Hosford (clarinet) rec. 2013 NAXOS [IL] Another beguiling album of Fauré chamber music.

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Piano Pieces for Children Young and Old - A Recital of Concert Pieces Kirsten Johnson (piano) rec. 2014 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [SA] Johnson plays everything in a committed way that shows her love for the music.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin sonatas - Arthur Grumiaux (violin) Clara Haskil (piano) rec. 1956 MELOCLASSIC [JW] This splendidly preserved recital takes its rightful place in the pantheon of authoritative and sensitive live performances.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Don Quixote Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Violin Concerto - Josef Szigeti (violin) Philharmonic SO New York, London PO/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1932/39 PRISTINE AUDIO [JQ] The première recording of Don Quixote in a good new transfer coupled with a real Beecham rarity.

James Brawn in Recital 1 Works by Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Mussorgsky & Rachmaninov rec. 2012 MSR [BR] An important pianist, but not exactly a mandatory recital.


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[New] Julius Harrison's Cornish Holiday Sketches by John France

William Alwyn's Concerto Grosso No. 3 – A Half Century Retrospective by John France

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Harold Schonberg The Last Of The Traditionalist American Music Writers by Frank T. Manheim

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