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Shostakovich 4, 11 Nelsons
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Nothing but Praise


BrucKner 4 Nelsons
the finest of recent years.

superb BD-A sound

This is a wonderful set


Telemann continues to amaze


A superb disc

Performances to cherish

An extraordinary disc.

rush out and buy this

I favour above all the others

Frank Martin - Exemplary accounts

Asrael Symphony
A major addition


Another Bacewicz winner


match any I’ve heard


An outstanding centenary collection


personable, tuneful, approachable


a very fine Brahms symphony cycle.


music that will be new to most people


telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded


hitherto unrecorded Latvian music

 

 

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Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Attractive music well performed and recorded Concertos for Cello, Strings and Continuo:- Concerto in a minor, Concerto in B-flat major, Concerto in A major, - Raphael Wallfisch (cello); Scottish Ensemble/Jonathan Morton rec.2008. - NIMBUS [BW]

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) After a shaky start this performance really comes alive The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (1889) [133:26] - L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1959, ADD - DECCA ELOQUENCE [DM]

Martina Bačová - Elegant Provocation A fine conspectus played with assurance and style Otmar MÁCHA Elegy for violin and piano Leoš JANÁČEK Violin Sonata George ENESCU Violin Sonata No.2 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances arranged by Zoltan Székely - Martina Bačová (violin) Alexandr Starý (piano) rec. 2008, - ARCO DIVA [JW]

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Beguiles and overwhelms - don’t miss it Dance of the Three Legged Elephants - Matthew Barley (cello); Julian Joseph (piano) -SIGNUM CLASSICS [BW]

Lyrita Fiftieth Anniversary boxed sets - Lyrita’s resplendent achievement more than sampled 50 legendary recordings
Lyrita - Celebrating Fifty Years devoted to British Music - Set One William Alwyn - John Ireland
Lyrita - Celebrating Fifty Years devoted to British Music - Set Two Gordon Jacob - William Wordsworth
- LYRITA
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Irish Classical Musicians – Seven Pioneers of the 19th Century by Basil Walsh


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