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Johannes BRAHMS Violin sonatas 1-3 Albert Spalding (violin) Erno Dohnányi (piano) rec. 1951 PRISTINE AUDIO [GA] These historic recordings of the Brahms violin sonatas are warm and communicative, with a strong sense of spontaneity.

George Frideric HANDEL Ariodante Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Brook, Karina Gauvin, Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis rec. 2010 VIRGIN CLASSICS [JW] This new set has real advantages.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz SCHUBERT Piano sonatas Craig Sheppard (piano) rec. 2010 ROMÉO RECORDS [JQ] Exceptionally fine and satisfying. Sheppard is a perceptive and intelligent guide.

Martha Argerich at the Verbier Festival Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto 2 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto 1 Georges BIZET Symphony Martha Argerich (piano) Verbier Festival CO/Gábor Takács-Nagy rec. 2010 EUROARTS/IDÉALE AUDIENCE [DM] Strictly for Argerich fans, I’m afraid.

Music for Oboe, Horn and Piano Works by Mozart, Blanc, Herzogenberg, Molbe, Balser & Damase Jeremy Polmear (oboe) Stephen Stirling (horn) Richard Saxel (piano) rec. 2010 OBOE CLASSICS [JW] Engaging, clever and often quietly memorable.

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