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Thursday April 28th
205 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Mass in B minor - Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen rec. 2013 CPO [JQ] An excellent recording that is well worth your attention.

Émile GOUÉ (1904-1946) Symphony 2, Ballade on a poem by Emily Brontë - Paris RSO/Tony Aubin, Quatuor Vocal & Quatuor Krettly/Louis de Froment rec. 1949/58 AZUR CLASSICAL [RB] Intriguing. For those who would like to delve below the surface of French mid-twentieth century music.

Herbert HOWELLS (1892-1983) Collegium Regale - Ch of Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton; Eleanor Kornas, Owain Park (organ) rec. 2014 HYPERION [JF] Commanding and poignant performances of these subtle and moving works.

Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Concertante Works - Liège Royal Philharmonic/Jean-Jacques Kantorow rec. 2015 ALPHA [SSi] Excellent performances. An ideal way of reappraising this somewhat forgotten composer's music.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Gran Partita Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Notturno No. 8 - Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ens/Trevor Pinnock rec. 2015 LINN RECORDS SACD [DHu] Charming, confident and entertaining - not enough cut-through to make a top Mozart choice, but rare and interesting Haydn.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Devotional songs and anthems - La Rêveuse rec. 2014 MIRARE [JV] A most fascinating and highly impressive disc which sheds light on a less familiar part of Purcell's oeuvre.

Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Complete Sonatas Vol. 2 - Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (violin) Henri Demarquette (cello) François Kerdoncuff (piano) rec. 2015 TIMPANI [SG] Priceless.

Udo ZIMMERMANN (b.1943) Weiße Rose - Grazyna Szklarecka (soprano) Frank Schiller (tenor) Musica Viva Ens Dresden/Udo Zimmermann rec. 1988 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JW] A visceral experience, as it should be.

Neujahrskonzert 2016 Vienna Philharmonic/Mariss Jansons rec. 2016 SONY CLASSICS [MC] Utmost care and attention lavished on these uplifting and popular works.

Serenissima Music from Renaissance Europe - Rose Consort of Viols rec. 2013 DELPHIAN [EML] Enjoyable music-making.


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