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Matthew AUCOIN (b. 1990) Orphic Moments - Conor Hanick (piano) Boston Modern Opera Project/Gil Rose rec. 2019-2021 BMOP/SOUND 1084 [111:21] [DMD] A thrilling introduction to a very impressive young American composer.

George CRUMB (b. 1929) Metamorphoses Books I & II - Marcantonio Barone (piano) rec. 2019/21 BRIDGE 9551 [37:28 + 38:25] [GPu] A compelling performance of a major new work.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tristan und Isolde - Ramon Vinay (tenor) Martha Mödl (soprano) Hans Hotter (bass) Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1952 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO185 [3 CDs: 228:33] [RMo] A phenomenally successful remastering of a classic performance makes this the only option for the Wagnerian devotee.

José Antônio de ALMEIDA PRADO (1943–2010) Piano Concerto No 1, Aurora & Concerto Fribourgeois - Sonia Rubinsky (piano), Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra/Fabio Mechetti rec. 2019 NAXOS 8574225 [72:02] [RHa] A trio of appealing and surprisingly diverse concertos from a composer largely unheralded beyond the borders of his native Brazil.

Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006) Symphony No. 9, Grand Concerto Gastronomique - Liepāja Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons rec. 2021 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0613 [57:40] [HC] Arnold’s vintage work and his last doom-laden symphony in fine, committed performances – not to be missed.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Partitas for solo violin - Rachel Kolly (violin) rec. 2020 INDESENS INDE141 [71:21] [MG] Admirable playing of clarity, dazzle and discipline, perhaps occasionally over objective.

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Susanna Mälkki rec. 2018/19 BIS BIS-2378 SACD [69:09] [HC] Superb performances of Bartók’s two substantial works.

Franz Ignaz BECK (1734-1809) L’isle déserte - Ana Maria Labin (soprano), Samantha Gaul (soprano), La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider rec. 2019 CPO 555 336-2 [55:39] [DC] Much more than just a historical rarity.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) The New Complete Beethoven: Essential Edition DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 0594 [95 CDs: ca 115 hrs] [TPo] Teems with performances which have won proven support among music-lovers and collectors, but is blighted by poor presentation.

Alban BERG (1885-1935) Lulu excerpts, Konzertarie: Der Wein, Lyric Suite, Chamber Concerto - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Robert Craft rec. 1960 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC646 [75:26] [NC] Even after over 60 years, these recordings remain essential for lovers of Berg’s music.

Henri BERTINI (1798-1876) Nonetto, Grand Trio - Linos Ens rec. 2020 CPO 555 363-2 [70:07] [DC] Superbly crafted chamber music on a symphonic scale.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Horn Trio, Violin Sonata No. 2 - Joseph Szigeti (violin), John Barrow (horn), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano) rec. 1959 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1940 [51:14] [SG] Performances with warm-hearted appeal.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) String Quartets Nos 1 & 3, Simple Symphony - Britten Qt rec. 1989 ALTO ALC1441 [77:00] [RWe] Misses the full poignancy of Quartet No 3’s Passacaglia, but the others receive good accounts.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Chansons françaises, Les Illuminations Mari-Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957) Chants d'Auvergne - Mari Eriksmoen (soprano) Bergen PO/Edward Gardner rec. 2021 CHANDOS CHSA5289 SACD [74:15] [RWe] A fine collection from a Norwegian soprano very well worth hearing.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 8 - Bruckner O Linz/Markus Poschner rec. 2018 CAPRICCIO C8081 [76:16] [RMo] A splendid second instalment in this ongoing Complete Bruckner series; grand and beautifully shaped.

Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) The 6 Sonatinas - Victor Nicoara (piano) rec. 2019 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC20086 [70:36] [DC] Very fine recording and performances of less well-known Busoni.

Cecil COLES (1888-1918) & Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Piano Music - James Willshire (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34209 [68:46] [RCh] Rare British piano music exquisitely played.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) & Jean RIVIER (1896-1987) String Quartets - Mandelring Qt rec. 2019/20 AUDITE 97.710 [66:21] [RWe] A very fine account of the Debussy, and with fascinating unfamiliar couplings.

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797–1848) Belisario - Roberto Frontali (baritone) Carmela Remigio (soprano) Orchestra e Coro Donizetti Opera/Riccardo Frizza rec. 2020 DYNAMIC CDS7907.2 [61:28+ 65:22] [RMo] Moments of beauty and zestfully directed but with too many vocal flaws.

Maija EINFELDE (b. 1939) Violin Sonatas - Magdalēna Geka (violin) Iveta Cālīte (piano) rec. 2020 SKANI LMIC129 [50:32] [SG] A release well-worth exploring.

Robert FAYRFAX (1464–1521) Music for Tudor Kings & Queens - Ensemble Pro Victoria/Toby Ward rec. 2021 DELPHIAN DCD34265 [67:07] [JQ] Ensemble Pro Victoria bring to life the music of Robert Fayrfax.

Alfonso FERRABOSCO I (1543–1588) & Alfonso FERRABOSCO II (c 1575–1628) Pavans and Almaines - B-Five Recorder Consort, Sofie Vanden Eynde (lute) rec. 2020 COVIELLO CLASSICS COV92108 [63:16] [RHa] Playing of delicacy and taste in agreeable sound, this ‘concept album’ is most likely to appeal to recorder specialists and the Ferraboscenti.

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Hulda - Meagan Miller (soprano), Joshua Kohl (tenor), Opernchor & Extrachor des Theater Freiburg, Freiburg/Fabrice Bollon rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.660480-82 [3 CDs: 162:25] [RC] Admirers of Franck will surely want this important rediscovery.

Johann Joseph FUX (c1660-1741) Arias for the Emperor - Maria Ladurner (soprano) Biber Consort rec. 2020 PAN CLASSICS PC10425 [61:17] [JV] This disc may well be one of the best surveys of Fux's output of vocal music.

Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) Miniatures - various performers rec. 2019-2021 CALLIOPE CAL2189 [76:27] [SG] Music that combines impressionism, mellifluous lyricism and graceful refinement.

Ib GLINDEMANN (1934-2019) Trumpet Concerto, Trombone Concerto, Medley - Per Morten Bye (trumpet), Robert Holmsted (trombone), Odense Symphony Orchestra/Giordano Bellincampi rec. 2019 DACAPO 6.220665 SACD [45:34] [JW] Denmark’s erstwhile Big Band maestro excels in light-hearted, witty brass concertos.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Roméo et Juliette - Raoul Jobin, Janine Micheau, Ch & O Théŕtre Ntl de l’Opéra/Alberto Erede rec. 1953 DECCA 443 539-2 [75:40 + 67.00] [MP] Not a first choice, but some first-class performances make this set worth hearing.

Aleksandr GRECHANINOV (1864-1956) All-Night Vigil - Dārta Paldiņa (mezzo) Kāris Rūtentāls, Jānis Kurševs (tenor) Jānis Kokins (bass) Latvian Radio Ch/Sigvards Kļava rec. 2021 ONDINE ODE1397-2 [46:01] [RMo] The sound and balances are impeccable but 46 minutes is short measure for a CD these days.

Reynaldo HAHN (1874-1947) Ciboulette - Julie Fuchs (soprano), Accentus, Toulon Opera Symphonic Orchestra/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2013 NAXOS 2.110697 DVD [145 mins] [PCG] A rare opportunity to see one of Hahn’s stage works.

George Frederic HANDEL (1685-1759) The Choice of Hercules, Dettingen Te Deum - Christ Church Cathedral Choir, FestspielOrchester Göttingen/Laurence Cummings rec. 2018 ACCENT ACC26415 [49:35 + 37:48] [GPu] Rewarding interpretations, full of insight, and, the Te Deum is as good or better than any earlier recordings.

John HARBISON (b. 1938) Diotima, Milosz Songs, Symphony No. 6 - Dawn Upshaw (soprano) Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2017/19 BMOP/SOUND 1083 SACD [75:22] [DMD] An exemplary recording showcasing both ends of a distinguished career.

Jacques IBERT (1890-1962) Chamber music - Ensemble arabesques/Philipp Pointner rec. 2018 FARAO CLASSICS B108105 [56:32] [MC] Ensemble arabesques meets the challenges of Ibert’s chamber works handsomely.

Jānis IVANOVS (1906–1983) Symphonies Nos 15 & 16 - Latvian National Symphony Orchestra/Guntis Kuzma rec. 2021 SKANI LMIC126 [62:11] [SG] Music of a highly individual style, rooted in a synthesis of late romanticism, folklore, and impressionism.

Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Symphonies Nos 12 & 13, Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life - Maldwyn Davies (tenor) BBC Welsh Chorus & Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves, Bryden Thomson rec. 1987-2017 LYRITA SRCD391 [65:35] [NB] An important release of more treasures from the Lyrita and BBC archives.

Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876-1909) Stanisław and Anna Oświęcim, A Sorrowful Tale, Episode at a Masquerade Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810–1849) Allegro de concert - Konrad Binienda (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Grzegorz Nowak rec. 2019 DUX 1621 [66:45] [JWe] Wonderful, idiomatic playing, and an ideal place to start if you are new to Karłowicz.

Joseph Christoph KESSLER (1800-1872) Piano works - Magdalena Brzozowska (piano) rec. 2021 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0498 [48:03] [RCh] Chopin and Liszt admired him but this pleasant selection is not without reservations.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, Piano Concertos, Totentanz - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit rec. 1990 DECCA 433 075-2 [68:32] [RWe] A valuable collection of performances that still impress.

Pietro Antonio LOCATELLI (1695-1764) Sei Concerti a Quattro Opera VII - Ens. Baroque “Carlo Antonio Marino”/Natale Arnoldi rec. 2020 TACTUS TC691203 [79:52] [DBi] Music that is worth knowing, but not from these poor performances and recording.

Elisabeth LUTYENS (1906-1983) Piano Music Vol. 1 - Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2021 RESONUS RES10291 [67:00] [DMD] One of the neglected greats of British music gets the five-star treatment.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das klagende Lied - Susan Dunn (soprano) Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo) Werner Hollweg (tenor) Andreas Schmidt (bass) Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin/Riccardo Chailly rec. 1989 DECCA 425 719-2 [64:14] [JQ] A recording that has a lot going for it, despite one controversial interpretative decision.

Benedetto MARCELLO (1686-1739) Psalms & Sonatas - Ens Salomone Rossi/Lydia Cevidalli rec. 2018 DYNAMIC CDS7882 [65:18] [JV] This disc can be recommended for the vocal works, whereas the instrumental items are disappointing.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 - Arabella Steinbacher (violin) Festival Strings Lucerne/Daniel Dodds rec. 2021 PENTATONE PTC5186952 [69:54] [MR] Unusually compelling and attractive performances of Mozart’s first two violin concertos are enhanced by a particularly sumptuous violin sound.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Sonatas - Oscar Shumsky (violin), Leopold Mittman (piano) rec. 1951 BIDDULPH 85003-2 [73:40] [SG] Despite reservations in sound quality, this is artistry of the highest level.

Florence Beatrice PRICE (1887-1953) Symphony No 3, The Mississippi River, Ethiopia’s Shadow in America - ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/John Jeter rec. 2020/21 NAXOS 8.559897 [66:48] [NB] Curiously conservative scores played with commitment and conviction.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Tosca - Karine Babajanyan, Piotr Beczala, Ch & O Vienna State Opera/Marco Armiliato rec. 2019 C MAJOR 759204 Blu-ray [129 mins] [RWe] Not the very best, but a fine account of Puccini’s opera overall, preserving a famous production on film.

John PURSER (b. 1942) Consider the Story Private Release [79:17] [JF] A fascinating retrospective.

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Kashchey the Immortal - Savva Khastaev (tenor) Antonina Vesenina (soprano) Poznań PO & Chamber Ch/Łukasz Borowicz rec. 2018 DUX 1485 [63.36] [PCG] Rimsky-Korsakov’s operatic oddity given a rare outing.

Arnold ROSNER (1945-2013) The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane - Boston Modern Opera Project, Odyssey Opera/Gil Rose rec. 2020 BMOP/SOUND 1081 [131:18] [EJW] A truly splendid recording of Arnold Rosner’s only full-scale opera; readers who respond to his music need not hesitate.

Ludomir RÓŻYCKI (1883-1953) Violin Concerto, Works for Violin and Piano - Ewelina Nowicka (violin), Pola Lazar (piano), Michał Krężlewski (piano), Polish National RSO in Katowice/Zygmunt Rychert rec. 2001, 2010 CPO 555421-2 [49:31] [SG] Performances which truly capture the spirit of the music.

Luis Humberto SALGADO (1903–1977) The 9 Symphonies - Cuenca Symphony Orchestra/Michael Meissner rec. 2019 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 96256 [3 CDs: 218:58] [NC] A welcome introduction to the music of an unjustly neglected Ecuadorian composer whose symphonies rank among the 20C’s finest.

Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Concerto for Piano & Strings Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No. 2 - Yefim Bronfman (piano) Cleveland O/Franz Welser-Möst rec. 2020 CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TCO0003 SACD [54:13] [MJ] A commandingly important release.

Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Film Music Vol. 5 - Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Frank Strobel rec. 2018/19 CAPRICCIO C5350 [53:47] [DC] A valuable addition to the Schnittke catalogue.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Arrangements for Piano Duet Vol. 6 - Eckerle Piano Duo rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.572882 [60:26] [JWe] Wonderful playing here, shedding new light on the original versions of these works.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Der Rosenkavalier - Dame Kiri te Kanawa (soprano), Aage Haugland (bass), Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Georg Solt rec. 1985 OPUS ARTE OA1341D DVD [197 mins] [PCG] Sir Georg and Dame Kiri make this archival video essential viewing.

Bruno STROBL (b. 1949) Electroacoustic Music Vol. 2 - Bruno Strobl rec. 2021 AUSTRIAN GRAMOPHONE AG0023 [59:01] [MS] A focused collection of electroacoustic music that exemplifies some of the best and most exciting work currently to be enjoyed.

Alfons SZCZERBIŃSKI (1858-1895) Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Giorgio Koukl (piano) rec. 2021 GRAND PIANO GP876 [62:04] [SA] Beautifully constructed melodies whose refinement makes for joyous listening.

George Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767) Violin Concertos Vol. 7 - The Wallfisch Band/Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) rec. 2013 CPO 777881-2 [57:04] [DJB] Elizabeth Wallfisch is a reliable guide to this mellifluous music.

Virgil THOMSON (1896–1989) Complete Chamber Works - Monadnock Music/Gil Rose rec. 2012 EVERBEST 1001 [80:59 + 79:33] [NC] The first-ever integral recording of chamber music by an American composer better known for writing about the music of others.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto - Ettore Bastianini (baritone) Renata Scotto (soprano) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Gianandrea Gavazzeni rec. 1960 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO184 [55:35 + 63:48] [RMo] Another splendid remastering from Pristine but not necessarily a first choice in terms of either sound or singing.

Paul WRANITZKY (1756-1808) Orchestral Music Vol. 3 - Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice/Marek Štilec rec. 2020 NAXOS 8.574289 [68:49] [DJB] Wranitzky shows that there was imaginative and characterful music of this era that wasn’t written by Mozart or Haydn.

Adriatic Voyage Seventeenth-century music from Venice to Dalmatia - The Marian Consort/Rory McCleery, The Illyria Consort/Bojan Čičič rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34260 [58:26] [DJB] Fine performances by all concerned, but a lack of variety in the music itself left me rather cold.

All the World Tonight Rejoices Truro Cathedral Choir/Christopher Gray rec. 2021 REGENT REGCD560 [72:58] [JQ] A very rewarding programme and not ‘just another’ Christmas disc.

BACH: The Art of Life Daniil Trifonov (piano) rec. 2020 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4838530 [2 CDs: 136 mins] [DM] Something of a guilty pleasure, but I loved it!

A Belfast Christmas Belfast Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens rec. 2021 RESONUS CLASSICS RES10292 [67:59] [JF] A carol concert more thoughtful, meditative and restrained than many – a valid way to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas Bells Organ Music from Belfast Cathedral - Matthew Owens (organ) rec. 2021 RESONUS RES10293 [78:29] [MR] Christmas-themed pieces both old and new are not particularly well-served by the Harrison & Harrison organ of Belfast Cathedral.

An Elizabethan Christmas Helen Charlston (mezzo) Fretwork rec. 2019/2020 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD680 [71:29] [JV] If you are looking for a really good disc for the Christmas season, this is one you should investigate.

Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor) Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon & Decca - rec. 1926–1954 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4837288 [34 CDs + 1 DVD: ca 40 hrs] [MB] Out of print within two years of release, and now possibly outflanked by an even larger Warner set.

Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor) The Complete Wilhelm Furtwängler on Record - rec. 1926–1954 WARNER CLASSICS 523240 [55 CDs: c. 59 hrs] [MB] An important release and a superb achievement.

In the Garden of Polyphony French Renaissance Music for Lute & Guitar - Israel Golani (lute, guitar) rec. 2020 SOLAIRE RECORDS SOL1010 [67:58] [DC] Atmospheric and intimate, this is renaissance lute playing at its finest.

Ivry Gitlis (violin) In memoriam "inédits et introuvables" rec. 1937-2010 RHINE CLASSICS RH-019 [9 CDs: 661:19] [JW] A compendious and valuable Gitlis box, and a fitting memorial and retrospective.

Gregorian Chant: World-Famous Recordings Choir of the Carmelite Priory, London; Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice and Saint-Maur, Clervaux rec. 1959/61 ALTO ALC1436 [77:10] [MS] Two monastic choirs perform two collections of plainchant in quite different styles.

Ida Haendel (violin) The SWR Recordings - Radio-SO Stuttgart SWR/Hans Muller-Kray rec. 1953-1967 SWR MUSIC SWR19427CD [3 CDs: 210:02] [SG] A valuable collection, well-worth pondering.

Hamilton Harty (conductor) Acoustic Concerto Recordings rec. 1919-1925 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC645 [76:26 + 58:17] [JW] Frailty and valour in late acoustic concerto recordings.

Hodie Christus natus est A Medieval Chistmas - Boston Camerata/Anne Azéma rec. 2021 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM905339 [58:13] [JV] This disc makes for great company during the last weeks of the year.

In the Bleak Midwinter Christmas Carols from King’s - Matthew Martin (organ) Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Daniel Hyde rec. 2020/21 KING’S COLLEGE KGS0060 [74:30] [JQ] How the tradition of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was maintained despite Covid-19.

In the Bleak Midwinter Christmas Carols from King’s - Matthew Martin (organ) Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Daniel Hyde rec. 2020/21 KING’S COLLEGE KGS0060 [74:30] [ST] Not “just another King’s Christmas disc”, rather a unique memento of a Christmas Eve like no other.

Laudi Spirituali Cappella del Sacro Monte rec. 2016 DUX 1406 [40:59] [JV] Music and performances are enjoyable, but the short playing time and the lack of translations of the lyrics are serious shortcomings.

London Nights Works by Bax, Britten, Bridge, Ireland & Tippett - Franziska Lee (piano) rec. 2020 CAPRICCIO C3010 [75:49] [NB] A unique programme played with precision rather than passion.

Lost Times Works by Boulanger, Debussy, Franck & Saint-Saëns - Theo Plath (bassoon), Aris Alexander Blettenberg (piano) rec. 2019 CAVI-MUSIC 8553037 [60:14] [MR] A highly successful recital of music from a period of musical history in which the bassoon rarely figures as soloist.

Métamorphoses Nocturnes Works by Respighi, Schoenberg & R Strauss - Adčle Charvet (mezzo-soprano), Appassionato/Mathieu Herzog rec. 2021 NAĎVE V7423 [81:55] [RMo] An attractive programme with a Respighi rarity but there are better versions of the two major works.

Mischa Maisky (cello) Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon rec. 1984-2019 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4860305 [44 CDs: 71 hours] [JW] A DG complete retrospective box honouring one of the leading cellists of the last thirty years.

OVNI Baroque Works by JS Bach & Biber - Emmanuelle Dauvin (violin & organ) rec. 2020 HITASURA HSP007 [60:45] [JV] An interesting contribution to the never-ending research into the performance practice of the baroque era.

Paganiniana Pavel Šporcl (violin) rec. 2020 HÄNSSLER HC20069 [66:50] [JW] Solo violin repertoire from a commanding Czech exponent.

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) Celeste Aida: The Verdi Album rec. 1967-1995 DECCA 478 1497 [79:13 + 77:30] [RMo] A fine, mostly representative survey of Pavarotti’s eminence as a Verdi singer over almost three decades.

Piano Music from a Russian Dynasty Dmitry Korostelyov, Olga Solovieva (piano) rec. 2020/21 GRAND PIANO RECORDS GP858 [70:14] [RCh] A fascinating glance into this extended Russian family.

Harold Samuel (piano) The Complete Solo Recordings rec. 1923-1935 APR 6036 [79:28 + 78:24] [RCh] Samuel's pioneering art in glorious sound.

Scenes from the Kalevala Works by Madetoja, Klami, Sibelius & Pylkkanen - Lahti SO/Dima Slobodeniouk rec. 2017-2020 BIS BIS-2371 SACD [70:43] [CL] Here is that rarest of projects – the successful concept album.

Alexander von Zemlinsky (conductor) The Complete Recordings rec. 1927-1934 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC642 [58:33 + 55:30] [PSt] Despite slightly disappointing repertoire, these performances give a real idea of Zemlinsky’s exceptional ability as a conductor.

Articles and Notices

MusicWeb International presents its 2021 Recordings of the Year

Vocal Retrospective: Some lesser-known Christmas oratorios by Ralph Moore & Mike Parr

Strauss's Metamorphosen - a survey by Ralph Moore

Listening Studio Report by John Quinn

Brian Wilson - an appreciation by John Quinn

Piano Trio Discography: End of 2021 Update



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