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191 reviews completed so far this month
Ivan Moravec, pianist
November 9, 1930 – July 27, 2015

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas 5, 6 & 10 - Sayaka Shoji (violin) Gianluca Cascioli (piano) rec. 2011/14 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [SG] Well-considered performances in state-of-the art sound.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Clarinet, Flute & Violin Concertos - Nikolaj Znaider (violin) Robert Langevin (flute) Anthony McGill (clarinet) New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert rec. 2012/15 DACAPO SACD [LW] Alan Gilbert concludes his Nielsen cycle with winning accounts of the concertos.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 - Vladimir Feltsman (piano) rec. 2013 NIMBUS ALLIANCE [RMo] A splendid disc, beautifully balanced and elegantly played; I look forward to more in the series.

Patric STANDFORD (1939-2014) Symphony 1, Cello Concerto, Prelude to a Fantasy - Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Royal Scottish Ntl O/David Lloyd-Jones rec. 2011 NAXOS [PCG] Not essential but certainly enjoyable.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5, Nutcracker Suite - Dennis Brain (horn) Philharmonia O/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1952/53 OPUS KURA [IL] All this I listened to again in great exhilaration.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) The Potted Ring Vol. 3 and Appendices: Götterdämmerung - rec. 1926-31 PRISTINE AUDIO [PCG] Vocal history in the making ... these transfers are unlikely ever to be bettered.

Twisted Skyscape Philip SPARKE (b. 1951) Overture for Woodwinds Gary CARPENTER (b. 1951) Pantomime Christopher HUSSEY (b. 1974) Dreamtide, Twisted Skyscape Adam GORB (b. 1958) Battle Symphony - Czech Philharmonic Wind Ens/Shea Lolin rec. 2014 4 LEGNI CLASSICS [DC] Excellent all the way through.

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