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Thursday April 2nd
22 reviews completed so far this month

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 3 - Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin) Dov Scheindlin (viola) Neil Heyde (cello) Aaron Shorr (piano) rec. 2003 METIER [JS] Worth having no matter how many versions you have of the original.

John HARBISON (b. 1938) Symphonies 1 & 2 - Boston SO/James Levine rec. 2010 BSO CLASSICS [JQ] Premiere recordings of two impressive twentieth-century American symphonies.

Douglas LILBURN (1915-2001) Chamber Works - New Zealand Qt rec. 2012 NAXOS [GH] An attractive disc. Not to be overlooked.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony 41 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto - Leonid Kogan (violin) New York PO/Hans Rosbaud rec. 1960 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] A disc to savour.

Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b. 1933) Chamber Works Vol. 1 - Roman Widaszek (clarinet) Tadeusz Tomaszewski (horn) Maria Machowska (violin) Artur Rozmysłowicz (viola) Jan Kalinowski (cello) Marek Szlezer (piano) DUX [RWe] A mix of brilliant encores and works that do not yield up their secrets at once.

Samuel Sebastian WESLEY (1810-1876) Church Music - Ch of St Peter’s College, Oxford/Roger Allen rec. 2014 OXRECS [JS] A disc to gladden the hearts of all enthusiasts for the music of this composer.

Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) Organ Symphonies 1-4 - Christian Schmitt (organ) rec. 2010 CPO SACD [DC] Highly respectable.

20th Century Romantics Works by Bloch, Bourgeois, Gliere, Montag & Piazzolla - Nicholas Bayley (double bass) Geoffrey Duce (piano) rec. 2012 NIMBUS [DC] Interesting.

Wanda Landowska (piano) The Complete Piano Recordings Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerto 26; Piano Sonatas Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Andante and Variations; Piano Sonatas rec. 1937-58 APR [JW] An excellent package, not least for those who have never before heard Landowska's pianism.

Antonio Vivaldi and Contemporaries Concertos by Naudot, Sammartini, A Scarlatti & Vivaldi - Richard Harvey (recorder) London Vivaldi O/Monica Huggett, Roy Goodman ALTUS [BW] If the programme appeals, you should be more than happy with this reissue.

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