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Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Concerto 1 - Janine Jansen (violin) O dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; London SO/Sir Antonio Pappano rec. 2015 DECCA [JQ] An unusual and inventive concerto coupling by Janine Jansen.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Works For Solo Piano Vol. 5 - Barry Douglas (piano) rec. 2015 CHANDOS [JQ] The latest instalment in Barry Douglas’s Brahms survey is fully up to the high standards he has set so far.

Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736) Morte e sepoltura di Christo - Maria Grazia Schiavo, Silvia Frigato (sopranos), Martina Belli (alto) Stavanger SO/Fabio Biondi rec. 2014 GLOSSA [JV] This recording deserves a welcome but only with considerable reservations.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets, op. 50 - Quatuor Zaďde rec. 2015 NOMADMUSIC [MC] A quite outstanding Haydn release.

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Concertos, Dances from Gayaneh - Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Moura Lympany (piano) London PO, London SO/Anatole Fistoulari rec. 1952/59 GUILD HISTORICAL [JW] Duplication, duplication.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 10 - O Métropolitain/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2014 ATMA CLASSIQUE [DC] Intensely moving and fiercely terror-inducing?

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Chopin & Corelli Variations Daniil TRIFONOV (b. 1991) Rachmaniana - Daniil Trifonov (piano) Philadelphia O/Yannick Nézet-Séguin rec. 2015 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [BR] A fairly extraordinary document, given the pianist’s age, his versatility, and his composing skills.

Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942) Violin sonatas, Suite - Eka Gogichashvili (violin) Kae Hosoda-Ayer (piano) rec. 2012/13 MSR CLASSICS [JW] Assiduous somewhat reserved readings.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke, Humoreske, Arabeske, Kinderszenen, Novelletten - Ada Gorbunova (piano) rec. 2014 LP CLASSICS [BR] Gorbunova understands Schumann, but her piano and sound quality are not helping.

Alessandro STRADELLA (1639-1682) San Giovanni Crisostomo - Arianna Venditelli (soprano) Filippo Mineccia (alto) Luca Cervoni (tenor) Matteo Bellotto (bass) Ens Mare Nostrum/Andrea De Carlo rec. 2014 ARCANA [JV] Pretty much an ideal performance.


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