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W.S. Bennett, Rootham, Moeran,
Bax, Rubbra, Rawsthorne, Berkeley
Alwyn, Grace Williams, Arnold, Wordsworth. Searle, Joubert

Van Dieren Chinese Symphony
Searle Symphonies 3, 5
Shaw Piano Concertos 1 and 2

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Vadim Gluzman - A quite extraordinarily good disc

This impressed me mightily

Shostakovich 5, 8 9
Great concentration

Let me tell you
Stratospheric Barbara Hannigan
Birmingham and BBC Proms

Berkeley - Authenticity

Highly Expressive

NØRGÅRD Stunning

Superbly played

One to treasure

One of the finest American
choral-orchestral works

from strength to strength

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Tuesday October 25th
178 reviews completed so far this month

François AUBER (1782-1871) Ouvertures et ballets rares - Gothenburg Opera O/B. Tommy Andersson rec. 2000 STERLING [RMay] An enjoyable romp through some unfamiliar but tuneful works.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Romeo et Juliette - Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano) Kenneth Tarver (tenor) Evgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone) Guildhall School Singers, London SO & Ch/Valery Gergiev rec. 2013 LSO LIVE [RK] More energy than grace in a recording unlikely to dislodge old favourites.

Hermann GOETZ (1840-1876) Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Spring Overture - Davide Cabassi (piano) Magdeburg PO/Kimbo Ishii rec. 2014 NAXOS [BSt] Given the price, I think this Naxos disc is now the front runner for this music.

JOSQUIN des Prés (c.1440–1521) Missa Di dadi, Missa Une mousse de Biscaye - The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips GIMELL [JQ] Another fine success in The Tallis Scholars’ wonderful Josquin series.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) & Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Piano Quartets - Schubert Ens rec. 2016 CHANDOS [IL] Very rewarding in every sense.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonatas Vol. 3 - Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2015 NIMBUS ALLIANCE[RMo] The latest instalment in Feltsman’s Schubert cycle lives up to the high standard of its predecessors and is warmly recommended.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No. 1 - Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) Isabelle Faust (violin) Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano) Freiburger Barock O/Pablo Heras-Casado rec. 2014 HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] Among the most important of recent recordings of the composer's music.

Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Dawn and Twilightt: The First & Last Violin Sonatas: The First & Last Violin Sonatas - Andrew Kirkman (violin) Clipper Erickson (piano) rec. 2013 AFFETTO RECORDS [RB] Style-apt playing and warm, up-close sound in these examples of constant efflorescence and tropically curvaceous writing.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Cello Sonatas - Marco Ceccato (cello); Accademia Ottoboni rec. 2013 ALPHA [BW] Alpha now have two very worthwhile selections of these sonatas in their inexpensive Collection series.

Ramon Llull L'ultim Pelegrinatge - Capella de Ministrers, Musica Reservata Barcelona/Carles Magraner rec. 2015 CAPELLA DE MINISTRERS [EML] Exhilarating and uplifting.

The world premiere of John Joubert's opera Jane Eyre will be held, as a concert performance, at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham on October 25. It will be recorded by Somm Records. 

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