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Friday December 26th
202 reviews completed so far this month

    We wish you all the best for the holiday season

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphonies 1 & 2, Dreams - Săo Paulo SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2013/14 NAXOS A fine version of the Second Symphony [JWh] Fine performances of Prokofiev in stunning sound [LW].

Pyotr Il'yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Swan Lake - Vladimir Shishov, Olga Esina, Wiener Staatsballett, Wiener Staatsoper O/Alexander Ingram rec. 2014 C MAJOR DVD [RMay] Even in a crowded marketplace this deserves a warm welcome.

No Exceptions, No Exemptions Great War Songs - Robin Tritschler (tenor) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2014 SIGNUM CLASSICS [ST] An important release ... of interest far beyond the historical.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Jeux d’eau, Ondine - Julian von Károlyi (piano) Grosses Berliner Rundfunkorchester/Johannes Schüler, Heinzkarl Weigel rec. 1943-44 MELOCLASSIC [JW] A frequently magnetic romantic stylist.

British String Concertos rec. 1970s-90s LYRITA [MC] What I find remarkable about everything here is the elevated level of playing and the satisfying recording quality.

Favourite Carols from King's Ch King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2014 KING'S COLLEGE Carols from King’s Ch King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 2013 KING’S COLLEGE DVD [MG] I prefer the DVD because it puts the carols in the context of a demonstrable act of worship.

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[New] Getting to Know … The Symphonies of Sergei Taneyev by William Kreindler

[New] Forgotten Artists: Vladimir Delman by Christopher Howell

Arthur Butterworth - an obituary by Gary Higginson

 Sir George Dyson: An Overview of Recordings by John Quinn

Hyperion: The last few SACDs by Brian Wilson

Download News 2014/15 by Brian Wilson, Jonathan Rohr & Geoffrey Molyneux

Balkan & East-Central European Concertos discography: Martinů by Mike Herman

Reviews of Christmas-related recordings

MWI Recommends - Christmas-related compositions.


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