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Tuesday January 24th
179 reviews completed so far this month

Giovanni Battista BASSANI (1647/1650?-1716) Giona - Ens Les Nations/Maria Luisa Baldassari Rec. 2014 TACTUS [JV] A musically attractive oratorio which receives an overall convincing interpretation.

Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Manon - Annick Massis (soprano) O & Ch Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège/Patrick Davin rec. 2014 DYNAMIC [GF] No one trying this should be seriously disappointed.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) 'Haydn' Quartets - Quatuor Cambini-Paris rec. 2013-2014 AMBROISIE [RWe] These Cambini-Paris accounts are all very fine, and different enough from those of the Quatuor Mosaïque to make a valuable supplement to that long established version.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos - Isabelle Faust (violin) Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini rec. 2015/16 HARMONIA MUNDI [ST] It brings all that is best about period performance.

Henry Cotter NIXON (1842–1907) Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 1 - Ana Török (violin) Kodály PO/Paul Mann rec. 2016 TOCCATA CLASSICS [JQ] A fascinating very early British symphonic poem receives a fine first recording.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No.2, Preludes Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No.1 - Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Leningrad PO/Kurt Sanderling, Yevgeni Mravinsky rec. 1958/59 MINUET [RMo] I cannot see any great case for desiring this.

Claudio Arrau (piano) The Complete RCA Victor & Columbia Album Collection rec. 1941-52 SONY CLASSICAL [JW] This well transferred set will prove attractive.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joyce DiDonato (mezzo) In War and Peace - Il Pomo d’Oro/Maxim Emelyanychev rec. 2016 ERATO [BW] Very minor reservations apart, this is a stunningly good recording.

Aldo Ferraresi (violin) The Art of Violin 1 rec. 1929-1973 RHINE CLASSICS [JW] This new box does Ferraresi’s memory proud.

Hélène Grimaud (piano) Water - Works by Berio, Takemitsu, Faure, Liszt, Albeniz & Sawnhey - Nitin Sawhney (keyboard, guitar) rec. 2014/15 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON [CC] A rewarding ‘concept’ recital by Grimaud, with interesting contributions from Nitin Sawhney.


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