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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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MusicWeb International is pleased to announce
the 2016 Recordings of the Year

Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) Cantatas Vol. 2 - Malmo Opera O & Ch/Arvo Volmer rec. 2003 STERLING [WK] Well-performed and, for the most part, well-recorded, this is warmly recommended to all lovers of Scandinavian music or Romantic choral music in general.

Béla BARTÓK (1882-1945) Romanian Folk Dances, Bagatelles, Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Mikrokosmos - Cédric Tiberghien (piano) rec. 2015 HYPERION [GH] Beautifully recorded … beautifully played.

Vincenzo BELLINI (1801-1835) I Capuleti e i Montecchi - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) Olga Kulchynska (soprano) Zürich Opera Ch, Philharmonia Zürich/Fabio Luisi rec. 2015 ACCENTUS MUSIC DVD [ST] We don’t have a “pleasant surprise” award, but if we had I’d bestow it here.

Emile GOUÉ (1904-1946) Chamber Music Vol. 3 - Elmira Darvarova, Kristi Helberg (violin) Ronald Carbone, David Cerutti (viola) Samuel Magill, Wendy Sutter (cello) Damien Top (tenor) Linda Hall (piano) rec. 2012 AZUR [SG] All concerned do full justice to these attractive scores.

Giovanni Maria NANINO (1544-1607) Music for 4, 5 and 8 Voices - Gruppo Vocale Ŕrsi & Tčsi/Tony Corradini rec. 2015 TOCCATA CLASSICS [JV] The first disc entirely devoted to the music of Nanino - lovers of renaissance music should investigate it.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Il Viaggio A Rheims - Alessandra Marianelli (soprano) Bruno Praticň (bass) Virtuoso Brunensis/Antonino Fogliani rec. 2014 NAXOS [GF] An attractive recording, well worth the modest outlay.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Complete String Quartets - Brodsky Qt rec. 2016 CHANDOS [DC] A rare treat.

Duo Sessions Works by Kodály, Schulhoff, Ravel & Halvorsen - Julia Fischer (violin) Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) rec. 2014 ORFEO [LW] A superbly performed programme of 20th century duos for violin and cello.

Refuge from the Flames The Savonarola Legacy - ORA/Suzi Digby rec. 2015 HARMONIA MUNDI [JQ] A second imaginative and stimulating programme from ORA, expertly performed.

South German Organ Music from the Late Romantic Period Gerhard Weinberger (organ) rec. 2015 TYXART CLASSICS [MR] Heavyweight and obscure German romanticism alleviated by a lovely organ, outstanding playing and an excellent recording.


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