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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Lutheran Masses Vol. 2 Marco Gioseppe PERANDA (1625–75) Missa - Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki rec. 2014/15 BIS SACD [SG] With both volumes now available, these performances of the four Lutheran Masses will be hard to beat.

Michael BALFE (1808-1870) The Bohemian Girl - Nova Thomas (soprano) Patrick Power (tenor) Jonathan Summers (baritone) RTE Philharmonic Ch, Ntl SO Ireland/Richard Bonynge rec. 1991 DECCA PRESTO [PCG] The cast rises well to the musical challenges.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Première Suite d’Orchestre, La Mer - Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2012 MUSICALES ACTES SUD [JQ] An important Debussy disc.

Brian ENO (b. 1948) Discreet Music - Contact CANTALOUPE MUSIC [DC] More of similar, but a remarkable homage.

Ernst von GEMMINGEN (1759-1813) Violin Concertos 3 & 4 François-Joseph GOSSEC (1734-1829) Symphony - Kolja Lessing (violin) Münchner Rundfunk O/Ulf Schirmer, Sebastian Weigle rec. 2014/15 CPO [PRB] This composer should merit our greater attention. Eminently tuneful.

Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Pampeana 3, Ollantay, Estancia - BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena rec. 2014 CHANDOS [NB] A measured welcome.

Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Piano Trios 1-3 - Leonore Piano Trio rec. 2014 HYPERION [JW] The Leonore make a very convincing case for this trio of trios.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Clarinet Concerto Jörg WIDMANN (b. 1973) Schattentänze Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Clarinet Concerto 1 - Jörg Widmann (clarinet) Deutsches SO Berlin/Peter Ruzicka rec. 2013-15 ORFEO [BR] A wonderful disc, but Widmann’s own composition is an acquired taste, to say the least.

Shura Cherkassky (piano) Works by Grieg, Liszt, Mana-Zucca, Mozart, Pabst, Scriabin & Stravinsky - rec. 1971 FIRST HAND RECORDS [JW] If there’s any more like this, I want to hear it.

Poom Prommachart (piano) Works by Liszt, Medtner, Scriabin & Kreisler rec. 2014 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS [BR] A young pianist whose repertoire choices and performing skills are as intriguing as his name.


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