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Hugo ALFVÉN (1872-1960) The Symphonies and Rhapsodies Royal Stockholm PO/Neeme Järvi rec. 1987-92 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 8974 [5CDs: 334:09] [RB]

A great bargain for the enquiring music-lover ... see Full Review 

Joseph ANDERSON (b. 1970) Epiphanie Sequence Matt Ingalls (bass clarinet) SARGASSO SCD28056 [79:28] [CR]

Fascinating … successful on many levels, not least as an exploration into sound … see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suites for a young prince Overture No. 1 in C (BWV 1066) [20:33] Overture No. 2 in a minor (after Overture in b minor, BWV 1067; reconstruction: Gonzalo X. Ruiz) [17:45] Overture No. 3 in D (after BWV 1068) [17:20] Overture No. 4 in D (BWV 1069) [17:31] Ensemble Sonnerie/Monica Huggett rec. 21-25 September 2007, Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, UK. DDD AVIE AV2171 [73:45] [JV]

'Original' versions of the Overtures - indispensable for Bach aficionados ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Works for Lute - Volume 1 Jason Vieaux (guitar) AZICA ACD71250 [70.05] [GH]

Consummate artistry, fascinating music, controversially transcribed ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concertos 1-4 I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis rec. 2004 ARTS 47715-8 [51:51] [SV]

Fine if you don't mind the occasional bumptious moment ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Partitas Nicholas Parle (harpsichord) rec. 2002 ABC CLASSICS 476 6405 [3 CDs: 47:14 + 54:57 + 61:12] [MS]

Gentle yet authoritative ... see Full Review 

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra, Dance Suite, Two Portraits, Romanian Folk Dances, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Piano Concerto 3 Julius Katchen (piano) Suisse Romande O/Ernest Ansermet rec. 1954-64 DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 9989 [73:28 + 52:13] [ST]

Bartók fans can expect to be surprised ... see Full Review 

Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Sonata for Solo Violin, Violin Sonata 1 see SCHUMANN

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) String Quartets, Op. 18 (1798-1800): Nos. 1 - 6. Wihan Quartet . rec. live, 2007/2008. DDD NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI6105 [77:43 + 76:44] [CC]

Youthful accounts - enough to spark interest and enjoyment ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Fidelio Bo Skovhus, Sergei Leiferkus, Arnold Schoenberg Ch, COE/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 1994 WARNER TELDEC 2564 691254 [71:13 + 47:28] [GF]

As thrilling a performance of Fidelio as any you are likely to hear … see Full Review

Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Ja Ra Laj - Suite on folk motives and texts; 27 Slovak, Balkan and Roma songs (2009) [55:12] Štefan Margita (tenor) Martina Bačová (violin) Jitka Hosprová (viola) Irvin Venyš (clarinet) Kateřina Englichová (harp) Markéta Mazourová (percussion) Quattro Orchestra (Pavla Franců (violin); Karel Chudý (cello))/Marek Štilec rec. Lichtenstein Palace, Prague, February 2009 ARCO DIVA UP 0110-2 131 [55:12] [JW]

Richly crafted but not precious or inflated ... see Full Review 

Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Megiddo per violino, violoncello e pianoforte see Petr Fiala

Tomás BRETÓN (1850-1923) Piano Trio, Cuatro piezas españolas LOM Piano Trio rec. 2006/7 NAXOS 8.570713 [53:26] [GPu]

Attractive representation of a little-known side of Bretón’s work … see Full Review 

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto 1 Henryk WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) Violin Concerto 2 Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Cello Concerto Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Cello Concerto 1 Mischa Elman (violin) Zara Nelsova (cello) London PO/Adrian Boult rec. 1953/6 RETROSPECTIVE 93651 [51:57 + 47:16] [JW]

Two stalwarts of the 1950s catalogues ... see Full Review

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Violin Concerto 1 see Michael Rabin

Nicolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697) Praeludiums see BUXTEHUDE

Gavin BRYARS (b. 1943) Double Bass Concerto, Silva Caledonia, The Summons, Ian in the Broch Toivo TULEV (b. 1958) O Oriens Daniel Nix (double bass) Estonian National Male Ch, Pärnu Town O/Kaspars Putnins rec. 2007/8 GB RECORDS BCGBCD11 [64:33] [DC]

Gloomy, but good gloomy ... see Full Review 

Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Opera Omnia X - Organ Works 5 Nicolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697) Praeludiums Ton Koopman (organ) rec. 2008 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72249 [65:37 + 48:40] [MS]

Interpretatively wonderful ... see Full Review 


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