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Samuel ARNOLD (1740-1802) Polly Laura Albino, Eve Rachel McLeod, Gillian Grossman, Marion Newman, Aradia Ens/Kevin Mallon rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.660241 [78:37] [JW]

Tuneful spirits set the tenor of Polly … no wonder it was enjoyed.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Piano Transcriptions Vol. 8 - Eugen D'Albert Piers Lane (piano) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67709 [74:06] [JW]

Communicative, adroit and imaginative playing.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Six Keyboard Partitas, Vol. 1 & 2 Sergey Schepkin (piano) rec. 1995 ONGAKU RECORDS 024-108/9 [66:08 + 73:47] [DC]

Each disc comes with its own little field of gravity, bringing you back every time.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Works Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 1994-2008 HYPERION CDS44421/35 [15 CDs: 17:39:00] [DC]

A truly valuable and life enhancing collection.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Concertos Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas András Schiff (piano) English CO/George Malcolm rec. 1979 DAL SEGNO DSPRCD042 [67:50] [GD]

A fascinating document of Schiff's early years.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Sonatas 3 & 9 Viktoria Mullova (baroque violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), rec. 2009 ONYX 4050 [54:34] [MC]

This stunning Onyx release can compete with the very best

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 21 & 29 Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) rec. 1967/73 DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1304 [68:30] [WH]

Two celebrated Beethoven sonatas in expert but rather under-characterised performances.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770 –1827) The Complete Piano Concertos Paul Lewis (piano) BBC SO/Jirí Belohlávek rec. 2009/10 HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902053.55 [3 CDs: 67:48 + 69:31 + 38:53] [JQ]

This set of the Beethoven piano concertos is a very considerable achievement

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony 8 Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 1 Vienna PO/Claudio Abbado, rec. 1968-9 DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 9890 [72:10] [SV]

An Italianate Bruckner and a rich and vivid Beethoven.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Cello sonatas, Variations Werner Bärtschi (piano) Wen-Sinn Yang (cello) rec. 2004 HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH10004 [73:08] [GD]

Well worth hearing … enjoyable but one to file under promising rather than benchmark recording.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies 6 & 7 Detroit SO/Paul Paray rec. 1953-4 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 206 [71:59] [MG]

A significant as well as enjoyable reissue.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 27 & 32 see Pogorelich

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie Fantastique, Overtures, Rákóczy March Royal PO/Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Alexander Gibson, Yuri Simonov rec. 1994/5 ALTO ALC1064 [78:53] [JQ]

A recommendable Berlioz collection, featuring a conductor who will be greatly missed.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonata see Cohler

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Kol Nidrei, Romance, Overture Scherz, List und Rache, Serenade on Swedish Folk Melodies, Violin Concerto 1 Alexandre de Costa (violin) Bienne SO/Thomas Rösner rec. 2008/9 GUILD GMCD7338 [64:41] [CF]

Good in parts, and there's cause to be grateful to Guild in assembling an unusual collection.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 7 Berlin PO/Jascha Horenstein rec. 1928 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 203 [58:58] [JQ]

A fine Bruckner performance in an excellent transfer.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 1 see BEETHOVEN

William BUSCH (1901-1945) Suite; Elegy see British Music for Cello and Piano

Arthur BUTTERWORTH (b.1923) Symphony 5, Three Nocturnes, The Quiet Tarn, The Green Wind, Coruscations, Gigues Royal Scottish Ntl O/Arthur Butterworth rec. 2010 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7253 [67:49] [JF]

An excellent CD. Good to see that Arthur Butterworth is gradually getting the attention that he manifestly deserves. The playing is superb, the sound quality equally so. 

George BUTTERWORTH (1885-1916) The Complete Butterworth Songbook Mark Stone (bar.), Stephen Barlow (pno) rec. 2009 STONE RECORDS 5060192780024 [71:03] [JQ]

A valuable and well-produced survey of Butterworth’s songs

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