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225 reviews completed so far this month

Fritz BRUN (1878-1959) Symphony 2, Symphonischer Prolog - Moscow SO/Adriano rec. 2014 GUILD [RB] Discursive late-romantic stuff, well recorded and annotated.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’, Preludes - Mark Bebbington (piano) Royal PO/Leon Botstein rec. 2015 SOMM [IL] A fresh, breezy penetrating look at three Gershwin works for piano and orchestra.

Aram Il’yich KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Symphony 2, Lermontov Suite - Russian PO/Dimitri Yablonsky rec. 2006 NAXOS [MW] A fine recording of an interesting, if not essential, symphony.

Magnus LINDBERG (b. 1958) Al largo, Cello Concerto 2, Era - Anssi Karttunen (cello) Finnish RSO/Hannu Lintu rec. 2015 ONDINE SACD [HC] Another superb all-Lindberg release from Ondine.

Max REGER (1873-1916) Complete Music for Clarinet & Piano - Claudio Conti (clarinet) Roberta Bambace (piano) rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [SSi] A good disc offering some wonderful music; sadly marred by an overly bright piano sound.

Philipp SCHARWENKA (1847-1917) Violin Sonatas, Suite - Natalia Prishepenko (violin) Oliver Triendl (piano) rec. 2015 TYXART [BSt] Another engaging and approachable composer whose music is served extremely well on this disc.

Decades A Century of Song: Vol. 1: 1810-1820 - Michael Schade (tenor) Lorna Anderson, Sylvia Schwartz (sopranos) Ann Murray (mezzo) Florian Boesch (bass) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2014/15 VIVAT [JQ] The first excellent release in what is likely to be an important and rewarding series.

De souffles et de machines Works by Tremblay, Rabelo, Hamel & Edwards - Quasar Saxophone Qt rec. 2015 COLLECTION QB [DC] Intriguing new works for saxophones and electronics.

The String Quartet in Sweden A Cavalcade of Its History rec. 1916-1964 CAPRICE [JW] A perfect route to chart the history of the Swedish string quartet on disc between the 1930s and early 60s.


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