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Luis Carlos FIGUEROA (b. 1923) Suite, Piano Concerto, Flute Concertino, String Quartet - Wilson Casallas (piano) Bryan Muñoz (flute) Conservatorio Ntl Colombia SO/Guerassim Voronkov, Cuarteto Q-Arte rec. 2012 TOCCATA CLASSICS Toccata Classics introduces yet another interesting unknown; the Suite is a real standout [DJB] Toccata are always up for the challenge of the unfamiliar. Are you? This is attractive music that is well worth your ear-time [RB].

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Works for Piano and Orchestra - Jeffrey Siegel (piano) Saint Louis SO/Leonard Slatkin rec. 1974 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JWh] A classic Vox recording and an incredible bargain.

Max LIFCHITZ (b. 1948) Works for ensemble - Ars Nostra Ens rec. 2012 NORTH/SOUTH RECORDINGS [JW] Syncretic or not, this is a fine disc.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas - Vivica Genaux (soprano) Henk Neven (baritone) Accentus, O Opéra Harmonique Rouen Haute-Normandie/Vincent Dumestre rec. 2014 ALPHA DVD [CC] Altogether a most fascinating DVD, superbly performed.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3, Danse macabre, Cyprès et Lauriers, - Vincent Warnier (organ) O Ntl de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin rec. 2013/14 NAXOS [MC] An agreeable release that promised a lot more than it delivered.

Mátyás SEIBER (1905-1960) Ulysses, Elegy, Three Fragments - Alexander Young (tenor) Cecil Aronowitz (viola) Peter Pears (narrator) London SO/David Atherton, London PO, Melos Ens/Mátyás Seiber rec. 1960/72 LYRITA [JS] Should reawaken interest in a great but sadly short-lived composer ... excellent performances and no need to apologise for the sound.

Best of British Piano Works by Bridge, Lambert & Reizenstein - Peter Jacobs, John McCabe, Philip Martin (pianos) rec. 1989/91 CONTINUUM [DC] “Best of British” and proud of it too.

Devy Erlih (violin) Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven & Ravel and works by de Falla, Sarasate & Tartini - Maurice Bureau (piano) rec. 1952 MELOCLASSIC [JW] A fine addition to Erlih’s regrettably small current discography.

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