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Wednesday July 27th
177 reviews completed so far this month

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Clavierübung Part III - James Johnstone (organ) rec. 2012 METRONOME [MR] Much intelligent stylistic thought is evident here, but doesn’t solve the problems of presenting the Clavierübung III entire.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) & Max REGER (1873-1916) Clarinet Quintets - Sharon Kam (clarinet) Isabelle van Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathé (violins) Volker Jacobsen (viola) Gustav Rivinius (cello) rec. 2014/15 BERLIN CLASSICS [BR] An excellent, and surprisingly rare, coupling.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) 'Study' Symphony - Philharmonie Festiva/Gerd Schaller rec. 2015 HÄNSSLER PROFIL [RMo] More intriguing than memorable, especially for the Bruckner completist.

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) A Village Romeo and Juliet - John Wakefield (tenor) Elsie Morison (soprano) Sadler’s Wells Ch & O/Meredith Davies rec. 1962 PRISTINE AUDIO [PCG] A real sense of magic in this performance which is most attractive.

Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) & Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA (b. 1928) Flute Concertos - Sharon Bezaly (flute) Sao Paulo SO/Enrique Diemecke; Lahti SO/Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2010/14 BIS [BBu] The Khachaturian is more engaging than the two versions of Rautavaara’s ‘Dance of the Winds’.

Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747-1818) Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 6 - Kemp English (fortepiano) rec. 2012 GRAND PIANO [PRB] This musical snapshot of Koželuch’s ongoing development in terms of his piano sonatas would again grace any collection.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) The Complete Symphonies - State Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1967 MELODIYA [RB] Vivid, risk-taking music-making. Svetlanov in the 1960s is no perpetrator of Stepford Wives-style risk-averse Tchaikovsky.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)La Cetra’ concertos - Gianpiero Zanocco (violin), L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo (baroque violin) rec. 2014 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [MC] A fine recording, which bears comparison with the best alternatives

El aire se serena Music from the Courts and Cathedrals of 16th-Century Spain - Seldom Sene rec. 2015 BRILLIANT CLASSICS [JV] A disc to treasure.

Portuguese Music for Cello & Orchestra Works by Braga Santos Costa, Freitas Branco & Lopes-Graça - Bruno Borralhinho (cello), Gulbenkian O/Pedro Neves rec. 2015 NAXOS [JF] A thought-provoking CD of unfamiliar music.

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