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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suites -
Alfia Nakipbekova (cello)
rec. 2007/8 CAMEO CLASSICS [SG] These performances stand side-by side with the best.
Jean BARRAQUÉ (1928-1973) Sonate - Roger Woodward (piano) rec.
1972 CELESTIAL HARMONIES [DC] Serious
serialism, but a magnificent edifice.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos 3 & 4 - Maria João Pires
(piano) Swedish Radio SO/Daniel Harding rec. 2013 ONYX [ST] Exhilarating and enlightening.
BRAHMS (1833-1897) Songs Vol. 5 -
Christopher Maltman (baritone) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [TB] An important addition to the Brahms discography.
David ELLIS (b. 1933) Concert Music -
Manchester Sinfonia/Richard Howarth, Northern CO/Nicolas Ward, RNCM Sinfonia/Sir Edward Downes, Manchester Camerata/Frank Cliff
rec. 1973-2013 DIVINE ART [JS] Ellis is a composer who deserves all success.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 39-41 -
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
rec. 2013 SONY CLASSICAL [BR] Harnoncourt is getting weird with age. Here he insists the three symphonies are in fact one, and that they were funded by blackmail.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphony 3 Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Organ concerto -
Thomas Trotter (organ)
Auckland PO/Arvo Volmer
rec. 2010 ATOLL [JS] Eminently musical ... I hope that what may be perceived as a lack of surface allure will not hide the real merits of these performances.
OF THE MONTH Richard
STRAUSS (1864-1949) Ein Heldenleben Edgard
VARÈSE (1883-1965) Amériques - Lu Wei
(violin) Deutsches SO Berlin/Ingo Metzmacher rec. 2007 CHALLENGE
CLASSICS [MC] One of the most remarkable releases
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