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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
Transparent Granite!


Nothing but Praise


BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set


Telemann continues to amaze


A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition


Another Bacewicz winner


match any I’ve heard


An outstanding centenary collection


personable, tuneful, approachable


a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.


music that will be new to most people


telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded


hitherto unrecorded Latvian music

 

 

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Robert ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry Keith Phares (baritone) Patricia Risley (mezzo) Vale Rideout (tenor) Florentine Opera Ch, Milwaukee SO/William Boggs rec. 2010 NAXOS [JS] There is much to enjoy here even if I suspect that this is not a work I will wish to return to often. 

Bernhard Henrik CRUSELL Clarinet Concertos 1-3, Clarinet Quartets 1-3 Emma Johnson, Henk de Graaf (clarinet) English CO/Gerard Schwarz, Daniel String Qt rec. 2007 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [Byz] Elegance, joie de vivre and cantabile mellifluousness. 

Frederick DELIUS A Collection of Rare Historic Recordings Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Eugène Goossens, Constant Lambert, Isobel Baillie & Heddle Nash rec. 1929-55 DANACORD [RB] Dedicated Delians - are there any others? - will need to get this disc of Delius rarities.

Michelangelo FALVETTI Il diluvio universale Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García-Alarcón rec. 2010 AMBRONAY [JV] Only the addition of percussion dissuades me from labelling this disc "Recording of the Month". 

Czesław MAREK Chamber Works & Piano Music Marie-Catherine Girod, Jitka Čechová, Ludmila Janowska (piano) Ingolf Turban (violin) Richard Jenkinson (cello) Gabriella dall'Ollio (harp) rec. 1998 GUILD [Byz] Marek's post-war descent into relative oblivion is very puzzling. 

Camille SAINT-SAËNS Organ Works - Vol. 2 Andrew-John Smith (organ) rec. 2009 HYPERION [WK] Played authoritatively and with great enthusiasm; showing a lesser-known side of this composer. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite Edvard GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite 1 Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy rec. 1947-51 PRISTINE [RB] A  Lemminkainen Suite to remind us of Ormandy's Sibelian fire and of why he was rated so highly by the composer himself. 

Arthur SOMERVELL Normandy, Piano Concerto Sir Frederic Hymen COWEN Concertstück Martin Roscoe (piano) BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2010 HYPERION [JF] An important release for enthusiasts of British music and for those listeners who specialise in romantic piano concertos. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH In the Beginning Works by Jackson, Weelkes, Palestrina, Whitacre, Holst, Gombert, Lukaszewski & Copland Ch Merton College, Oxford/Peter Philips, Benjamin Nicholas rec. 2011 DELPHIAN [JQ] A most auspicious debut on CD for the Merton College Choir. 

Hamilton Harty Johann Sebastian BACH Orchestral Suite 2 Edouard LALO Symphonie espagnole Hector BERLIOZ Le Carnaval romain Overture George Frideric HANDEL Water Music Suite Leo Strockoff (violin) Hallé O rec. 1922-24 HISTORIC RECORDINGS [JW] I’d commend this disc not least for the first ever restoration of the Lalo. 

 

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October Download Roundup #2 by Brian Wilson

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