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163 reviews completed so far this month

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Boléro; Daphnis et Chloé, Valses Nobles et sentimentales - Gunnar Idenstam (organ) rec. 2013 BIS SACD [73:46] [DC] Fancy Debussy’s symphonic sketches on organ?

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Nelson Mass - Ch New College Oxford, New Century Baroque/Edward Higginbottom rec. 2011 NOVUM [JV] A very good recording of one of Haydn's masterworks.

Jerome KITZKE (b. 1955) The Green Automobile; The Paha Sapa Give-Back; Winter Count - Jerome Kitzke, The Mad Coyote, Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, Barbara Merjan, ETHEL rec. 2012/13 INNOVA [DC] Kitzke has something to say, and he says it very well indeed.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphonies 9 & 10 Adagio - Gürzenich O Köln/Markus Stenz rec. 2011/14 OEHMS CLASSICS SACD [JQ] The final instalment in Markus Stenz’s Mahler cycle does not disappoint.

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Symphonies 1 & 3 - Netherlands SO/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. 2012/2013 CHALLENGE CLASSICS [DC] Full of character and strong on detail.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Octet Mario WIEGAND (b.1970) Dunkle Lichter East Side Oktett, with Sung Kwon You (bassoon) rec. 2010/2014 ES DUR [GPJ] A brilliant and musically satisfying account of one of Schubert’s most lovable works from this exciting new Berlin-based ensemble.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Otello - Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio, Lucio Gallo, La Fenice/Myung-Whun Chung rec. 2013 C MAJOR Blu-ray [RF] The venue is magnificent, but staging detail loses out.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der fliegende Holländer - Samuel Youn, Ricarda Merbeth, Franz-Josef Selig, Bayreuth/Christian Thielemann rec. 2013 OPUS ARTE Blu-ray [PCG] Generally excellent as a musical performance but ...

Dvořák and America Works by Dvořák, Beckermann, Fisher, Farwell & Horowitz - University of Texas Chamber Singers, PostClassical Ensemble/Angel Gil-Ordóñez rec. 2003/13 NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS [CF] An interesting concept but will not displace Coleridge Taylor’s Song of Hiawatha let alone Dvořák’s New World.

Vladimir Sofronitsky (piano) Works by Chopin, Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin - rec. 1946-60 MELODIYA [SA] These discs are part of recording legacy that should be cherished.

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