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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 3 & 4 - Maria João Pires (piano) Swedish Radio SO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013 ONYX [JQ] This contains many pleasures.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) The Apostles - Alison Hargan (soprano) Alfreda Hodgson (mezzo) David Rendall (tenor) Bryn Terfel (baritone) London SO & Ch/Richard Hickox rec. 1990 CHANDOS [PCG] Terfel as Peter for Hickox is quite simply streets ahead of his competition.

Jorge GRUNDMAN (b.1961) A Mortuis Resurgere - Susana Cordón (soprano) Brodsky Qt rec. 2013 CHANDOS SACD [JW] At 54 minutes this needs to be listened to with a sympathetic ear.

Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934) Strathclyde Concertos 9 & 10, Carolísima - Scottish CO/Sir Peter Maxwell Davies rec. 1996 NAXOS [JWh] Maxwell Davies at his approachable best.

Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Piano Quartets - Leslie Howard (piano) Rita Manning (violin) Morgan Goff (viola) Justin Pearson (cello) rec. 2013 HYPERION [JW] Splendid performances – sensitive, energised and with fine ensemble.

Jeroen van VEEN (b. 1969) Piano Music - Jeroen van Veen, Sandra van Veen (piano) Frank Steijens (carillon) rec. 2011-2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JW] If you like your minimalism mellifluous …

Ivry Gitlis (violin) Portrait rec. 1967-95 DECCA [SG] Always a maverick but his playing keeps you on the edge of your seat.

In Praise of Saint Columba The Sound World of the Celtic Church - Ch Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Wheeler rec. 2013 DELPHIAN [GH] A generously filled and decidedly ambitious disc. Music prepared and performed immaculately and with imagination and recorded in a lovely and lively acoustic.


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