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Tuesday September 16th
107 reviews completed so far this month

Eduard Ivanovich BAGDASARIAN (1922-1987) 24 Preludes, Rhapsody - Mikael Ayrapetyan (piano) Vladimir Sergeev (violin) rec. 2012 GRAND PIANO [SA] An altogether fascinating introduction to a composer who deserves a great deal more exposure.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concertos - Nikolai Lugansky (piano) Sinfonia Varsovia/Alexander Vedernikov rec. 2013 AMBROISIE [ST] Lugansky’s playing and the orchestra’s muscular vision deserve to win it some friends.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 8, Legends - Bournemouth SO/José Serebrier rec. 2014 WARNER CLASSICS [GPJ] A delightful coupling, superbly performed by the Bournemouth players in this latest instalment of Serebrier’s Dvořák.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Nobilissima Visione, Five Pieces - Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz rec. 2011 NAXOS [NB] Overall, an interesting addition to the Hindemith discography.

Jacques IBERT (1890–1962) Chamber Music for Wind - Henri Demarquette (cello) Karine Deshayes (mezzo) Ens Initium/Clément Mao-Takacs rec. 2013-2014 TIMPANI [HC] A lovely disc, if ever there was one.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) A Life in Songs - Bernarda Fink (mezzo) Anthony Spiri (piano) Gustav Mahler Ens. Tonkünstler O Niederösterreich/Andrés Orozco-Estrada rec. 2013 HARMONIA MUNDI [MC] Top drawer results from an experienced and unfailing Mahler performer but it’s not the best place for Mahler novices to start.

Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) On Shore and Sea, Kenilworth - The John Powell Singers, O Victorian Opera NW/Richard Bonynge rec. 2013 DUTTON [RB] Dutton's first Sullivan immersion ... very enjoyable.

Annie Fischer (piano) Complete London Studio Recordings rec. 1955-69 WARNER CLASSICS ICON [JW] An excellent, core salute to Annie Fischer and her musical legacy.

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