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W.S. Bennett, Rootham, Moeran,
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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Vadim Gluzman - A quite extraordinarily good disc

This impressed me mightily

Shostakovich 5, 8 9
Great concentration

Let me tell you
Stratospheric Barbara Hannigan
Birmingham and BBC Proms

Berkeley - Authenticity

Highly Expressive

NØRGÅRD Stunning

Superbly played

One to treasure

One of the finest American
choral-orchestral works

from strength to strength

inspired choice

Book and CD £12

Book + 4CDs £33



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Wednesday October 26th
188 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete String Quartets - Belcea Qt rec. 2011/12 ALPHA [MS] One of the better complete cycles of the Beethoven quartets conceived and played with maturity, depth and freshness by an ensemble more than up to the task.

Émile GOUÉ (1904-1946) Chamber Music Vol. 2 - Quatuor Joachim, Olivier Chauzu (piano) rec. 2011/12 AZUR CLASSICAL [SG] These chamber works certainly demand wider circulation.

George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1750) Il pastor fido overture, Apollo e Dafne - Mhairi Lawson (soprano) Callum Thorpe (bass) Ens Marsyas/Peter Whelan rec. 2015 LINN [GH] Typical early Handel: full of imagination and colour.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Vol. 2 - Doric String Qt rec. 2015 CHANDOS [RWe] The Doric Quartet continues its Haydn series with a splendid account of the composer’s last great set of six.

Sergei LYAPUNOV (1859-1924) Works for Piano Vol. 2 - Florian Noack (piano) rec. 2015 ARS PRODUCTION SACD [JWe] Tremendous stuff:. Noack is fully in tune with this composer's mindset.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night's Dream - BBC SO & Women's Ch/Sir Malcolm Sargent rec. 1954 PRISTINE AUDIO [RB] A virtuoso rendition of words and music from the 1950s.

Steve REICH (b. 1936) Double Sextet, Radio Rewrite - Ens Signal/Brad Lubman rec. 2011/16 HARMONIA MUNDI [DC] Highly recommendable, but is Mr Reich getting sentimental in his old age?

Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Stabat Mater, Song to the Soul, The Resurrection - The Bach Ch/Bournemouth SO/David Hill rec. 2015 NAXOS [JQ] A very fine collection of Stanford’s choral-orchestral music.

Georgy SVIRIDOV (1915-1998) Hymns & Prayers - Ivanna Bondaruk (soprano) Yuliya Zuveya (mezzo-soprano) Credo Chamber Ch/Bogdan Plish rec. 2014 TOCCATA CLASSICS [SA] Magical ... this music must be heard rather than read about!

Stokowski: 20th Century Americana Works by Shilkret, Creston & Gould - Tommy Dorsey (trombone) James Abato (saxophone) New York City SO, Radio Italiana O, Hollywood Bowl SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1945/55 GUILD HISTORICAL [JW] This vivid, vivacious, and exciting disc can be warmly recommended to Stokowski collectors.


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