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John ADAMS (b. 1947) Common Tones in Simple Time, Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Montréal SO/Kent Nagano rec. 2017 DECCA 483 4938 [68:01] [JQ] An excellent John Adams album.

George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Symphony No. 1, Capital of the World - BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHAN20080 [70.26] [IL] Another wild, unruly, turbulent and brashly colourful Antheil collection.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), Johann Bernhard BACH (1679-1749) & Johann Ludwig BACH (1677-1731) Ouvertures - Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord) rec. 2018 NAĎVE OP30578 [2 CDs: 130:12] [DJB] Concerto Italiano have opened my ears afresh to these glorious works.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concertos - Kati Debretzeni (violin); English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2018 SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG732 [70:17] [BW]  Coupling considerations aside, this recording is up there with the best.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Works Vol. 1 - Peter Kofler (organ) rec. 2017-19 FARAO CLASSICS B108110 [5 CDs: 234:23] [SG] An auspicious start to what promises to be a compelling cycle.

Béla BARTOK (1881-1945) Bluebeard’s Castle - John Relyea, Michelle DeYoung, Bergen PO/Edward Gardner rec. 2018 CHANDOS CHSA5237 SACD [58:56] [MR] A stunning recording and a riveting interpretation but it is the orchestra which steals the show here.

Mason BATES (b. 1977) Children of Adam Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Dona Nobis Pacem - Richmond SO & Ch/Steven Smith rec. 2017/18 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FRESH! FR-732 [61:17] [EJW] A somewhat bland piece by Bates coupled with a committed performance of a Vaughan Williams’ classic.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 - London SO & Ch/Bernard Haitink rec. 2006 ALTO ALC1387 [68:05] [JQ] An excellent Beethoven Ninth from Bernard Haitink.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Egmont - Elisabeth Breuer (soprano) Helsinki Baroque O/Aapo Häkkinen rec. 2018/19 ONDINE ODE 1331-2 [52:26] [ECH] A fresh period-instrument recording of a rarely recorded work.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Choral works - Nicolai Krügel (piano) German Youth Chamber Ch/Florian Benfer rec. 2019 CARUS 83.502 [57:55] [GPJ] A delightful and important issue, timed to coincide with the publication of a new edition of Beethoven’s choral works.

Jimmy López BELLIDO (b. 1978) Symphony No. 1, Bel Canto - Fort Worth SO/Miguel Harth-Bedoya rec. 2018/1918/19 MSR CLASSICS MS1737 [75:47] [RB] Draws you back for repeat hearings.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique; Overture Les Francs-Juges - Les Sičcles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2019 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902644 [65:45] [DM] C’est magnifique; a glowing tribute to composer and conductor alike.

Dora BRIGHT (1862-1951) Piano Concerto No. 1, Variations Ruth GIPPS (1921-1999) Piano Concerto, Ambarvalia - Samantha Ward & Murray McLachlan (piano) Royal Liverpool PO/Charles Peebles rec. 2019 SOMM CÉLESTE SOMMCD273 [75:22] [PRB] SOMM should be applauded for making these undeservedly neglected works available to the wider listening public.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824 -1896) The Nine Symphonies - Vienna PO/Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta rec. 1964–74 ELOQUENCE 484 0204 [9 CDs: 567 mins] [RMo] Of great interest to the Bruckner enthusiast even if some of the performances here will divide judgement.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphonies Nos. 1 & 9 - Lucerne Festival O/Claudio Abbado rec. 2012-2013 ACCENTUS MUSIC ACC30489 [60.12 + 63.06] [MW] A characteristic Abbado interpretation of the 9th, both sustained and deeply moving, but there are significant question-marks over the choice of edition for the 1st.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 2 - Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann rec. 2019 C MAJOR 730604 Blu-ray [63 mins] [RWe] Bruckner’s Second arrives on film, and in a very fine performance.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824–1896) Symphony No. 6 - London SO/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2019 LSO LIVE LSO0842 SACD [56:01] [RMo] A certain debilitating restraint or understatement.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 9 - Pittsburgh SO/Manfred Honeck rec. 2018 REFERENCE RECORDINGS SACD FR-733 [63:12] [NB] A recording that forces itself towards the top of the list.

Eric COATES (1886-1957) Orchestral Works Vol. 1 - BBC Philharmonic/John Wilson rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20036 [70.39] [IL] John Wilson shows his enduring love and empathy with the uncrowned king of Light Music.

Nancy DALBERG (1881-1949) String Quartets - Nordic String Quartet rec. 2018 DA CAPO SACD 6.220655 [71.08] [MW] Three superb and deeply moving quartets in outstanding performances.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de lune, Préludes book 2, Pour le piano, Deux arabesques - Katie Mahan (piano) rec. 2019? KM CLASSIC [67:33] [RCh] A vividly coloured, imaginative recital.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Nocturnes Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Requiem - Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches SO Berlin/Robin Ticciati rec. 2019 LINN CKD623 [65:01] [JQ] An unusual programme, but if the coupling appeals this disc is an attractive proposition.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Quartet No. 12, Piano Quintet - Joyce Yang (piano) Alexander String Qt rec. 2017/18 FOGHORN CLASSICS FCL2020 [66:22] [NB] I'm not sure when I got more pure pleasure from a disc in recent times.

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) & Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Piano Concertos - Ivo Kahánek (piano) Bamberg SO/Jakub Hrůša rec. 2017/19 SUPRAPHON SU4236-2 [59.34] [MC] Compelling performances which feel fresh and exhilarating.

Morton FELDMAN (1926-1987) Patterns in a Chromatic Field - Mathis Mayr (cello), Antonis Anissegos (piano) rec. 2016 WERGO WER73822 [79:42] [DC] Easily a desert-island choice.

Grigori FRID (1915-2012) Double Concerto, Symphony No. 3, Two Inventions - Isabelle van Keulen (viola) Oliver Triendl (piano) Georgian CO Ingolstadt/Ruben Gazarian rec. 2018 CAPRICCIO C5353 [68:31] [RHa] The Symphony is formulaic Soviet-era fodder but the Concerto is of an entirely different order however and well worth hearing.

Anthony GIRARD (b. 1959) Les Quatre Saisons - Jean-Luc Richardoz, Patricia Reibaud (violin) rec. 2014 AZUR CLASSICAL AZC148 [56:21] [SG] Imaginatively constructed compositions eschewing dissonance in favour of consonance.

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) Samurai Marathon - The City of Prague PO/Richard Hein ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0135 [31.00] [MW] A poor value disc of tiny pieces from earlier works by Glass.

Antônio Carlos GOMES (1836-1896) Lo Schiavo Svetla Vassileva (soprano) Massimiliano Pisapia (tenor) O & Ch del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari/John Neschling rec. 2019 DYNAMIC Blu-ray 57845 [138 mins] [MMB] Opera lovers will be thrilled with this recording of Lo Schiavo and I for one hope that it will prompt many to discover other worthy pieces that Gomes composed.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust - Benjamin Bernheim (tenor) Veronique Gens (soprano) Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone) Flemish Radio Ch, Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2018 BRU ZANE BZ1037 [3 CDs: 174:28] [GF] A recording that should be in the collection of every admirer of this opera.

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) String Quartets No. 1-2 Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Langsamer Satz - Airis String Quartet rec. 2018 CD ACCORD ACD245-2 [63:09] [GH] I cannot recommend this disc too highly.

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas Vol. 2 - Leon McCawley (piano) rec. 2018 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD0602 [77:02] [RMas] A sterling addition to an exciting new traversal of the complete Haydn sonatas.

Hans Werner HENZE (1924-2012) Heliogabalus Imperator - Anssi Kartunen (cello) BBC SO/Oliver Knussen rec. 2014 WERGO WER73442 [72.11] [MC] First-class performances of four fascinating and compelling examples of Henze’s characteristic sound-world.

Carl HÖCKH (1707-1773) Violin Sonatas - Mikołaj Zgółka (violin), Jarosław Thiel (cello), Aleksandra Rupocińska (harpsichord) rec. not stated CD ACCORD ACD255-2 [70:24] [JV] Exciting stuff, brilliantly performed.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) The Diary of One who Disappeared Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Biblical Songs Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Evening Songs - Vilém Přibyl (tenor) Libuše Márová (mezzo) Milan Máša, Josef Páleníček (piano) Kühn Mixed Ch/Pavel Kühn rec. 1971-77 SUPRAPHON SU4269-2 [69:43] [JW] Outstanding performances which have withstood time’s scrutiny with the greatest authority.

JOSQUIN des Prés (c. 1440–1521) Missa Mater Patris Noel BAULDEWEYN (fl 1509-1513) Missa Da pacem The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips GIMELL CDGIM052 [72:30] [JQ] A mandatory and self-recommending purchase for everyone who has been following the series.

JOSQUIN Des Prez (c.1445-1521) Funeral Motets and Deplorations - Capella Amsterdam/Daniel Reuss rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902620 [66:10] [ST] Fans of Renaissance polyphony need not hesitate.

JOSQUIN Des Prez (c.1450-1521) Adieu mes amours - Dulces Exuvić rec. 2018 RICERCAR RIC403 [62:50] [BW] Attractive performances but they give a very limited idea of the music of this important composer.

Lydia KAKABADSE (b. 1955) Ithaka - Cecily Beer (harp) Clare McCaldin (mezzo) Paul Turner (piano) Sara Trickey (violin) Ch Royal Holloway/Rupert Gough DIVINE ART DDA25188 [67:56] [RB] Thoroughly approachable yet not facile.

Reinhard KEISER (1674-1739) Croesus - Dorothea Röschmann, Roman Trekel, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs rec. 2000 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM931714.16 [3 CDs: 188:09] [ST] Investigate with confidence and find your curiosity rewarded.

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) Dances of Galánta, Háry János Suite, Peacock Variations, Dances of Marosszék -  Chicago SO, Minneapolis SO, Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Doráti rec. 1956-59 ALTO ALC1394 [75:31] [RB] Anticipation heightened by nostalgia or first-time discoveries in recordings of good report.

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Symphony, Theme & Variations, Straussiana - Sinfonia of London/John Wilson rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHSA5220 SACD [59.17] [JQ] John Wilson’s excellent performance offers a refreshing and stimulating different perspective on Korngold’s fine symphony.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Complete Piano Music Vol. 53 - Wojciech Waleczek (piano) rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.573773 [72:38] [MZ] Two rarely heard works get a first-rate presentation fit for every Liszt fan’s collection.

Dan LOCKLAIR (b. 1949) Symphony No. 2, Organ Concerto, Hail the coming day, PHOENIX - Peter Mikula (organ) Slovak Ntl SO/Kirk Trevor, Michael Rohac rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.559860 [63.03] [MW] Splendid, beautiful, approachable and continually fascinating music from a significant composer.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 1 - SO Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons rec. 2007 BR KLASSIK 900179 [54.25] [MC] Warm and appealing yet overall lacking in penetration.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 5 - London SO/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1958 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC567 [76:55] [WH] A typical Horenstein performance: serious, solid and of great integrity.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) String Symphonies Vol. 3 - Margot Oitzinger (alto), L’Orfeo Barockorchester/Michi Gaigg rec. 2017 CPO 555 202 [68:58] [RHa] Don’t let Michi Gaigg’s lovingly turned accounts of Mendelssohn’s youthful experiments pass you by.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Le Tombeau resplendissant; Les Offrandes oubliées; Un sourire; L'Ascension - Tonhalle-O Zürich/Paavo Järvi rec. 2019 ALPHA CLASSICS 548 [64.48] [MC] Certainly one of the most satisfying albums that I have heard so far this year.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Méditations sur le mystčre de la Sainte Trinité - Tom Winpenny (organ) rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.573979 [73:47] [SB] The latest in Tom Winpenny’s Messiaen series offers a commanding performance on a splendid instrument.

Bernhard MOLIQUE (1802-1869) Chamber Music Vol. 2 - Parnassus Akademie rec. 2019 MDG 3032132-2 [72:12] [PRB] A highly engaging disc.

Alexander MOYZES (1906-1984) Gemer Dances; Down the River Vah; Pohronie Dances - Slovak RSO Bratislava/Ondrej Lenárd rec. 1989 NAXOS 8.555477 [71:12] [RB] Subtlety and fresh invention here but Slav dazzle and whirl are predominant.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) The Jupiter Project - David Owen Norris (piano); Katy Bircher (flute); Caroline Balding (violin); Andrew Skidmore (cello) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68234 [79:49] [DD] Stylish and original arrangements, skilfully performed and well recorded.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Boris Godunov - Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Göteborg Opera Ch, Gothenburg SO/Kent Nagano rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2320 SACD [62:24 + 62:50] [LW] Nagano’s Boris as Mussorgsky originally intended the opera.

Giuseppe PORSILE (1680-1750) Cantatas - Stefanie True (soprano), La Cicala Baroque Ensemble/Inês d’Avena (recorder) rec. 2019 PASSACAILLE 1061 [69:49] [DC] Rewarding Baroque exploration beyond the usual names.

Hans PFITZNER (1869-1949) Piano Concerto Walter BRAUNFELS (1882-1954) Tag- und Nachtstücke - Markus Becker (piano) Berlin RSO/Constantin Trinks rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68258 [74:08] [RCh] Rich and rewarding late-flowering romanticism from two neglected composers.

Michael PRAETORIUS (1571-1621) Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning - Gabrieli Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2017 CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES CVS003 DVD [121 mins] [JQ] An outstanding and inspired musical reconstruction which brings the music of early seventeenth-century Germany vividly to life.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) King Arthur - Mhairi Lawson, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos) Roderick Williams (baritone) Gabrieli Consort & Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2019 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD589 [53:25 + 44:13] [ST] Another presentation of the highest quality.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Ricciardo e Zoraide - Pretty Yende, Juan Diego Flórez, O Nazionale della RAI/Giacomo Sagripanti rec. 2018 C MAJOR 752608 DVD [2 DVDs: 176 mins] [CRa] A feast of first-class singing lifts a forgotten opera to the heights.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) L’italiana in Algeri - Ildar Abdrazakov (bass) Rebeca Olvera (soprano) Ens Matheus/Jean-Christophe Spinosi rec. May 2018 UNITEL DVD 801808 [162 mins] [RJF] While I would have preferred a more traditional production, I go along with, and greatly enjoy, the outstanding sung interpretations and some aspects of the staging.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia - Dmitry Korchak (tenor) Leo Nucci (baritone) Nino Machaidze (mezzo) Ch & O Arena di Verona/Daniel Ores rec. 2017 BELAIR CLASSIQUES Blu-ray BAC469 [162 mins] [RJF] This appropriately costumed and conducted performance, in the world’s largest opera theatre, is graced by a commendable team of singers and set with singular imagination.

Antonio SALIERI (1750-1825) Tarare - Cyrille Dubois, Jean-Sebastian Bou, Karine Deshayes, Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset rec. 2018 APARTÉ AP208 [3 CDs: 164:13] [SSi] This intriguing work will bring hours of enjoyment.

Giovanni SALVIUCCI (1907-1937) Serenade, String Quartet, Chamber Symphony - Ens Überbrettl/Pierpaolo Maurizzi rec 2017/18 NAXOS 8.574049 [83:05] [RHa] One gets the idea, but performances are serviceable at best and the sound is too dry.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony Urbs Roma, La jeunesse d'Hercule, Danse macabre - Malmö SO/Marc Soustrot rec. 2013 NAXOS 8.573140 [67:25] [SV] Splendid performances in fine sound, though the Urbs Roma symphony may not be everybody’s essential Saint-Saëns.

Friedrich SCHNEIDER (1786-1853) Symphony No.17 Felix MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1809-1947) Violin Concerto, Symphony No.1 - Hiro Kurosaki (violin), Cappella Coloniensis/Sigiswald Kuijken rec. 2002 CPO 999 932-2 [77:53] [WM] A valuable reissue, both for an interesting work by Schneider and wonderful insights into Mendelssohn.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Ian Bostridge (tenor), Thomas Adčs (piano) rec. 2018 PENTATONE PTC5186764 [72:26] [RC] An essential addition to your Winnterreise collection.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Schwanengesang Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Vier ernste Gesänge - Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano) rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68288 [73:21] [JQ] A deeply satisfying disc.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Johannes Held (baritone), Daniel Beskow (piano) rec. 2018 ARS PRODUCTION ARS38562 [73:53] [GF] A very likeable performance.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Symphonies Nos 2 & 4, Overture: Genoveva - London SO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner rec. 2018 LSO LIVE LSO0818 SACD [69:04] [JQ] A desirable release to initiate a Schumann series from Gardiner and the LSO.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1956) Fantasiestücke, Humoreske - Jörg Demus (pianoforte) rec. 1984 MDG 604 0150-2 [54:25] [SSi] Ideal performances on a Graf piano; a sound which is near to how Schumann would have heard it.

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672) Complete Edition Vol. 20 - Dresdner Kammerchor & Instrumentalists/Hans-Christoph Rademann rec. 2018 CARUS 83.278 [2 CDs: 138.55] [SSi] An excellent conclusion to the Carus complete Schütz edition.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Sonatas No. 1-2, 24 Preludes - Andrey Gugnin rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68267 [79:27] [GPJ] A simply stunning recital of this wonderful repertoire.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Symphonia domestica - Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Boston SO/Charles Munch rec. 1959/60 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC568 [77:19] [JW] The Strauss is more successful than the Sibelius.

Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) The Travelling Companion - New Sussex Opera O & Ch/Toby Purser rec. 2018 SOMM CELESTE SOMMCD 274-2 [66:47 + 57:12] [NB] A committed performance, but the work seems fated to remain a foot-note in the history of British opera.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Salome - Birgit Nilsson (soprano)  Gerhard Stolze (tenor)  Grace Hoffman (mezzo)Wiener PO/Georg Solti rec. 1961  PRISTINE AUDIO PACO165 [78:35 + 66:55] [RMo] If the combination of Pristine’s enhanced sound and the Elektra bonus appeals, you need not hesitate.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Eine Alpensinfonie, Dance of the Seven Veils, Die Frau ohne Schatten - Kristina Blaumane (cello) London PO / Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2012 -2016 LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LPO-0106 [44:48 + 56:45] [ST] Very fine playing and convinced conducting makes this whole set a winner.

Sergey TANEYEV (1856-1915) Chamber Music with Piano - Alessandro Deljavan (piano), Daniela Cammarano (violin), Paolo Castellitto (viola), Andrea Agostinelli (cello), Daniele Orlando (violin) rec. 2013 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95766 [3 CDs: 157:39] [MC] Enjoyable performances that yield to the competition in the two greatest works here.

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet, ROH Covent Garden O/Barry Wordsworth rec. 2018 OPUS ARTE Blu-Ray OABD7259D [126mins] [RMay] A superb performance is badly let down in Blu-ray format by technical issues.

William WORDSWORTH (1908-1988) Orchestral Music Vol. 2 - Arta Arnicane (piano) Kamila Bydlowska (violin) Liepāja SO/John Gibbons rec. 2019 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0526 [79:41] [WK] More Wordsworth, and very welcome it is.

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) The First Recordings rec. 1955-59 PROFIL EDITION PH19030 [4 CDs: 247:42] [RC] Not only will Ashkenazy’s admirers covet this set but other keyboard aficionados might want to consider acquiring it as well.

A Baroque Christmas rec. 1976-2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2908984.87 [4 CDs: 308:41] [ST] A bargain, but it’s more than just a stocking filler.

Lola Bobesco (violin) The SWR Recordings - Suddeutschen Rundfunks SO/ Hans-Muller-Kray rec. 1957-61 SWR MUSIC SWR19067CD [3 CDs: 185:01] [SG] Remastered archive recordings, well-served in this compilation.

British Cello Works Works by Smyth, Lutyens, Maconchy & Clarke - Lionel Handy (cello) Jennifer Hughes (piano) rec. 2018 LYRITA SRCD.383 [73:06] [JW] Malleable, sympathetic and stylistically assured performances.

Desires: A Song of Songs Collection ORA Singers/Suzi Digby rec. 2016 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905316 [71:20] [ST] A wonderful tour through the vast variety of musical responses that the Song of Songs has inspired.

Evensong Live 2019 Ch King’s College, Cambridge/Sir Stephen Cleobury, Henry Websdale, Dónal McCann (organ) rec. 2018/19 KINGS’S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE KGS0038 [78:44] [JQ] A very satisfying overview of Stephen Cleobury’s last academic year in charge of the music at King‘s College, Cambridge.

Erick Friedman (violin) Live Performances in France rec. 1965-68 MELOCLASSIC MC2034 [67:22 + 74:06] [JW] High production standards for these memories of a Heifetz student.

From the Ground Up Luciana Mancini (mezzo) O/Modernt/Hugo Ticciati (violin) rec. 2018 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD574 [55:25] [ST] Plenty of things that are commendable, but a potential that is not quite fulfilled.

The Godfather Masters of the German & Italian Baroque - La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler rec. 2019 SIGNUM SIGCD602 [64:08] Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767) Grand Concertos for Mixed Instruments Vol. VI - La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider rec. 2018 CPO 555239-2 [73:13] [BW] Very fine additions to the discography by two first-rate ensembles.  

Her Voice Piano trios by Beach, Clarke & Farrenc - Neave Trio rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20139 [72:04] [JW] Instrumental finesse and a fine sense of colour.

Hugo Kolberg & Michel Schwalbé (violin) Legendary Concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic rec. 1952-65 MELOCLASSIC MC2039 [78:01 + 73:05] [JW] A valuable historical document.

Landscapes Works by Albéniz, Mompou, D Scarlatti & Schubert - Andrew Tyson (piano) rec. 2019 ALPHA 546 [61:55] [RHa] The seemingly bland title conceals a brilliantly conceived programme and pianism of flair and taste.

Magnificat Glen Dempsey (organ) Ch of St John’s College Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2018 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD588 [58:44] [ST] Utterly praiseworthy.

Nordic Music Works by Grieg, Berwald & Nielsen - Ana-Marija Markovina (piano) Schleswig-Holstein SO/Peter Sommerer rec. 2017/18 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC17027 [63:32] [RC] There are better performances of the Grieg but the Berwald makes this attractive.

The Piano of the Opera Myron Romanul (piano) rec. 2010 EDITION HERA HERA02126 [79:50] [JWe] A superb technique and a wide musical appreciation.

Russian Piano Trios Works by Rachmaninov, Alyabyev & Babajanian - Julia Okruashvili (piano) Uliana Zhdanov (violin) Denis Zhdanov (cello) rec. 2018 PROFIL PH16092 [41:39 + 43:02] [MC] Worthy of notice for the two less well-known pieces.

Scintillate, amicć stellć Christmas in the Convents of 16th- and 17th-Century Italy - Cappella Artemisia/Candace Smith rec. 2011 TACTUS TC280003 [79:12] [BW] Let this recording of music chiefly by female composers, for Christmas but enjoyable at any time, lead you to other similar collections by this ensemble.

Shqipëria Në Art Albanian Piano Works - Marsida Koni (piano) rec. 2018 AULICUS CLASSICS ALC0020 [68:53] [PRB] Well worth considering for something a little different.

Vladimir Sofronitsky (piano) Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev rec. 1952 RUSSIAN COMPACT DISC RCD16289 [60:37] [RMas] A mixed bag from Sofronitsky.

Spring Forward Works by Schickele, Kernis & Danielpour - David Shifrin (clarinet) Miró Qt, Dover Qt, Jasper String Qt rec. 2016 DELOS DE3528 [59:36] [SA] Thoroughly engaging and contrasting works.


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