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September 2021

John Luther ADAMS (b. 1953) The Farthest Place, The Light That Fills the World, The Immeasurable Space of Tones rec. 2002 COLD BLUE MUSIC CB 0010 [50:57] [DMD] A simple but deep sense of wonder.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suites - Henri Honegger (cello) rec. 1959 FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1858/9 [57:04 + 76:46] [SG] A Bach cycle with some distinguished musicianship on offer.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Revelation: Alto Arias - Zvi Emanuel-Marial (countertenor) Shalev Ad-El (direction/organ) rec. 2020 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21028 [54:58] [MC] An admirable collection of Bach alto arias performed with dedication and sincerity yet there are compelling alternatives.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Piano Trios - Suk Trio rec. 1983-1984 SUPRAPHON SU4297-2 [4 CDs: 257:21] [JW] Selfless beauty from a great piano trio.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 4, Piano Sonatas - Pietro Scarpini (piano) RAI Roma/Wilhelm Furtwängler rec. 1952-78 RHINE CLASSICS RH-020 [74:56 + 79:37] [SG] Performances which certainly do honour to the music.

Sir Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Nelson - David Johnston (tenor) Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano) BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra/Elgar Howarth rec. 1983 LYRITA SRCD2392 [64:55 + 65:32] [JQ] A first CD outing for Berkeley’s grand opera in a strong performance and very good sound.

Leon BOELLMANN (1862–1897) Symphony, Variations symphoniques & Four Short Pieces - Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse/Patrick Davin rec. 2018 FUGA LIBERA FUG780 [54:24] [WK] Splendid orchestral premieres by the short-lived Leon Boellmann.

Pierre BOULEZ (1925–2016) Sur Incises, Messagesquisse, Anthèmes 2 - Ensemble Intercontemporain (Sur Incises), Ensemble de violoncelles de Paris (Messagesquisse)/Pierre Boulez rec. 1999 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776351 [66:25] [DC] Roll-up, roll up; welcome to Pierre Boulez’s hall of mirrors.

Ina BOYLE (1889-1967) Songs - Paula Murrihy (mezzo) Robin Tritschler (tenor) Ben McAteer (baritone) Iain Burnside (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34264 [77:23] [JQ] These excellent performances give a fine overview of a song composer of genuine worth.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Clarinet Sonatas, Five Lieder - Ron Selka (clarinet) Aviram Reichert (piano) rec. 2020 TYXART RECORDS TXA20152 [56:05] [DD] A sheer joy from start to finish - autumnal works in first class performances and beautifully recorded.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) 7 Fantasies, 2 Rhapsodies Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Kreisleriana - Elena Fischer-Dieskau (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN RECORDS DCD34255 [74:20] [RCh] Captivating pianism in all respects.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano quintet, String quartet No. 3 - Takács String Qt, András Schiff (piano) rec. 1990 DECCA 430 529-2 [74:32] [SB] A rewarding disc: the piano quintet is superb.

Max BRUCH (1838-1920) Piano Trio, Pieces for cello and piano, Romance, String Quartet No 2 - The Nash Ensemble rec. 2020 HYPERION CDA68343 [72:32] [JW] The Nash Ensemble excel in Bruch's chamber music.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphonies Nos 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9 - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Roger Norrington rec. 2007-2010 SWR MUSIC SWR19528CD [5 CDs: 280:24] [RMas] A missed opportunity.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No 7 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 4 - Emanuel Ax (piano) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink rec. 2019 UNITEL EDITION Blu-ray 802304 [116:00] [ST] Bernard Haitink’s final concert in Salzburg: an essential document.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 3 - Bergen PO/Thomas Dausgaard rec. 2019 BIS SACD BIS-2464 [56:35] [RMo] Is this Bruckner for people who don’t like Bruckner?

William BYRD (c.1540-1623) & John BULL (c.1562-1628) - Visionaries of the Piano - Kit Armstrong (piano) rec 2020 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 0583 [70:53 + 64:09] [DMD] A sumptuous banquet of keyboard extravagance.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810–1849) Complete Nocturnes - Jan Lisiecki (piano) rec. 2020 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4860761 [70:37 + 55:22] [GM] Anyone who loves these works should listen to these discs.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No 2, Scherzi Nos 1-4 - Seong-Jin Cho (piano) London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2021 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 0435 [68:30] [SG] Astonishing technical command coupled with refined artistic maturity.

Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Heart & Hereafter: Collected Songs - Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) Simon Lepper (piano) rec. 2020 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100164 [55:34] [JW] Fine performances of largely dutiful songs.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Préludes Books 1 & 2 - Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2018-2020 DA VINCI CLASSICS C00424 [78:42] [JF] A worthy addition to the many recordings of this wonderfully evocative music.

Carl DITTERS von DITTERSDORF (1739-99) Three Descriptive Sinfonias - Budapest Failoni CO/Uwe Grodd rec. 1996 NAXOS 8.553975 [70:24] [BW] It’s not too late to make the acquaintance of this attractive recording.

George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) The First Recordings rec. 1924–49 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC637 [73:58 + 76:50] [JW] A foundation stone of pioneering Gershwin on 78s.

George GERSHWIN (1898–1937) Porgy and Bess (excerpts) - Morgan State University Choir, The Philadelphia Orchestra/Marin Alsop rec. 2020 PENTATONE PTC5186883 SACD [67:01] [JQ] All the extracted ‘plums’ – and more - from Porgy and Bess in a performance and recording that pack a punch.

Felice GIARDINI (1716-1796) Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord - ConSerto Musico rec. 2020 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95625 [66:50] [GP] Fine performances of music by an Italian who made his mark in eighteenth-century London.

Christoph GRAUPNER (1683–1760) Bassoon Cantatas - Sergio Azzolini (bassoon) Kirchheimer BachConsort/Florian Heyerick rec. 2020 CPO 555353-2 [1.59:05] [JV] Another excellent recording of sacred works by Graupner.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Organ Concertos Op 4 & Op 7 - Jeremy Joseph (organ), Orchester Wiener Akademie/Martin Haselbock (organ) rec. 2021 ALPHA CLASSICS 742 [164:20] [MR] The two organists give us some very varied takes on Handel’s concertos.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Mathis der Maler - Wolfgang Koch (baritone) Manuela Uhl (soprano) Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Symphoniker/Bertrand de Billy rec. 2012 NAXOS 2.110691-92 DVD [2 discs: 190 mins] [SB] Hindemith’s impressive opera well performed in a rather strange production.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Perfect Fool - BBC Northern Singers, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra/Charles Groves rec. 1967 LYRITA REAM.1143 [62:24] [JW] Holst at his most quixotic and non-conformist in his pastiche opera.

Engelbert HUMPERDINCK (1854-1921) & Adelheid WETTE (1858-1916) A German Children’s Songbook (excerpts) - Klaus Mertens (baritone), Hanover Boys Choir/Jörg Breiding rec. 2020 RONDEAU ROP6202 [71:03] [MP] Pleasant performances of unrecorded songs which are enjoyable as background music rather than intensive listening.

Michael JARRELL (b. 1958) Orchestral works - Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire/Pascal Rophé rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2482 SACD [58:50] [HC] A most welcome addition to Jarrell's discography and a very fine survey of some of his recent output.

Paul LEWIS (b. 1943) Romantic Music For Harp - Rachel Talitman (harp), Israel Strings Ensemble/Doron Salomon HARP & COMPANY CD5050-46 [54:39] [JF] Delightful music, always approachable, nothing too challenging.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Piano Works - Alfredo Perl (piano) BBC SO/Yakov Kreizberg rec. 1997-2003 OEHMS OC1900 [4 CDs 265:03] [RWe] An affordable and enjoyable selection of some of Liszt’s finest works.

Johann Simon MAYR (1763–1845) Elena - Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano), Daniel Ochoa (bass), Mira Graczyk (soprano), Simon Mayr Chorus, Concerto de Bassus/Franz Hauk rec. 2018 NAXOS 8.660462-63 [73:34 + 77:21] [GF] Another feather in Franz Hauk’s well-supplied cap.

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Te Deum, Hora est, Ave Maria - Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius rec. 2020 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC20034 [47:53] [MC] I enjoyed this album from start to finish.

André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Passionnément - Véronique Gens, Étienne Dupuis, Münchner Rundfunk O/Stefan Blunier rec. 2020 BRU ZANE BZ1044 [77:03] [MC] This release of Messager’s feelgood musical comedy receives my wholehearted endorsement. 

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) La Transfiguration de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ - Chœur de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Myung-whun Chung rec. 2001 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 471 569-2 [35:05 + 64:46] [JQ] This tremendous performance, captured in superb sound, is fully worthy of Messiaen’s great vision.

Stanisław MONIUSZKO (1819–1872) Halka - Dominik Sutowicz (tenor); Magdalena Molendowska (soprano); Łukasz Goliński (bass-baritone); Poznań Opera/Gabriel Chmura rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.660485-86 [60:26 + 56:32] [GF] Any opera lover, Polish or not, should derive a lot of pleasure from this recording.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Così fan Tutte - Maria Bengtsson (soprano) Thomas Allen (baritone) Royal Opera House Chorus & Orchestra/Thomas Hengelbrock rec. 2010 OPUS ARTE OABD7286D Blu-ray [178 mins] [ST] Jonathan Miller’s modern-dress Così is humane, warm and satisfying.

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Barbe-Bleue - Yann Beuron (tenor) Héloïse Mas (soprano) Chorus & Orchestra Opéra de Lyon/Michele Spotti rec. 2019 OPUS ARTE OABD7290D Blu-ray [181 mins] [DBi] A most enjoyable two hours of tuneful silliness.

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Sinfonietta 1953, Tangazo, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Lothar Hensel (bandoneon) Neue Philharmonie Wesfalen/Rasmus Baumann rec. 2021 HD-KLASSIK SC-862102 [65:16] [DC] A less familiar side of Piazzolla.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Prokofiev on the Air - Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Vedernikov (piano) rec. 1937 PARNASSUS PACD96073 [72:23] [JW] A rare Prokofiev broadcast and an ardent proponent of his music conjoined. 

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No 6 Nikolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950) Symphony No 27 - Oslo PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2018-2019 LAWO LWC1215 [76:24] [JW] Bracing performances; clear and insightful but cool.

Sunleif RASMUSSEN (b. 1961) Territorial Songs - Michala Petri (recorder) rec. 2011-2020 OUR RECORDINGS 6.220674 SACD [72:31] [RHa] A magically varied koldt bord of recorder-based works from the Faroe Islands’ top composer.

Max RICHTER (b. 1966) Exiles - Baltic Sea Philharmonic/Kristjan Järvi rec. 2019 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 0445 [61:13] [DC] If you are up for some cinematic mourning, this will be right up your alley.

Johann ROSENMÜLLER (1617/19–1684) Magnificat and other Sacred Concertos - Ensemble 1684/Gregor Meyer rec. 2019 CPO 555174-2 [70:56] [BW] As good a way as any to begin to explore this fine music.

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. VI - Carlo Grante (piano) rec. 2018 MUSIC AND ARTS CD-1299 [7 CDs: 480:39] [SG] The culmination of a monumental journey.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 - B’Rock Orchestra/René Jacobs rec. 2019/20 PENTATONE PTC5186 856 [59:24] [CCC] A Sturm und Drang approach to Schubert brings moments of inspiration, but hit and miss performances overall.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies Nos 1 & 3 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes rec. 2019 RUBICON RCD1055 [73:01] [SV] Lovely moments alternate with flatfooted ones.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Karajan Sibelius - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1964-1984 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4860651 CD/BD-A [5 CDs: 271:12 & BD-A: 196:47] [CSa] Quite outstanding state-of-the-art remastering.

Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Moldau, Overtures and Dances - The Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi rec. 1993-1994 DECCA 444 867-2 [56:59] [RMo] A pleasing anthology of Smetana’s best orchestral music including a choral bonus.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882–1971) The Soldier’s Tale, Duo Concertant, Élégie - Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano) and ensemble rec. 2019-2020 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM992671 [76:57] [DMD] A beguiling period instrument version brings Stravinsky vividly to life.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Firebird - Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth rec. 2010-2013 HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2905342.43 [68:44 + 59:57] [BW] High on my list of recommendations, with the added appeal of getting back as close as possible to the original performances.

Paula SZALIT (1886-1942) Works for Piano and Song - Elżbieta Tyszecka (piano), Katarzyna Dondalska (soprano), Michał Landowski (piano accompanist) rec. 2021 ACTE PRÉALABLE AP0496 [42:35] [PRB] A lasting relationship or a one night stand – that is the question.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) RVW from America - Forgotten Recordings of the 50s rec. 1950-53 ALBION RECORDS ALBCD048 [68:01] [JW] Rarities from VW’s American champions in fine LP transfers from the early 1950s.

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Folk Songs Vol. 3 - Mary Bevan (soprano) Nicky Spence (tenor) Roderick Williams (baritone) William Vann (piano) rec. 2018-21 ALBION RECORDS ALBCD044 [60:01] [JW] Another superbly accomplished folkloric release from Albion.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem - Júlia Várady (soprano), Alexandrina Milcheva (mezzo-soprano), Alberto Cupido (tenor), Nicola Ghiuselev (bass), ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Leif Segerstam rec. 1980 ORFEO C210232 [47:49 + 39:31] [RMo] Várady shines in a fine Verdi Requiem rather compromised by muddy sound.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il Trovatore - Maria Callas (soprano) Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor) La Scala Chorus & Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO181 [67:56 + 61:41] [RMo] Once again, Pristine breathe new warmth and life into a classic recording.

Pancho VLADIGEROV (1899–1978) Orchestral Songs - Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Vladigerov rec. 1970–75 CAPRICCIO C8070 [85:31] [JW] Punchy sonics and vocal vitality.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) The Four Seasons - Christian Li (violin) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra rec. 2020 DECCA 4851824 [62:20] [BW] The Seasons retain their appeal in performances like these.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Die Walküre: Act 3 - Helen Traubel (soprano) Herbert Janssen (baritone) Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Artur Rodziński rec. 1945 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO180 [61:52] [RMo] Janssen might not be the ideal Wotan but this is a superbly sung and conducted account of Act 3 of Die Walküre.

Sir William WALTON (1902-1983) Symphony No. 1, Crown Imperial Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Suite for 4 Hands - Lynn Arnold, Charles Matthews (piano duet) rec. 2021 ALBION RECORDS ALBCD047 [61:50] [JF] This will strongly appeal to enthusiasts of both composers, and should be an essential addition to their collections.

Paul WRANITZKY (1756–1808) Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Czech Chamber PO/Marek Štilec rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.574255 [73:50] [BW] Far from being a detour, Wranitzky’s music will take you along the main Haydn-Mozart-Beethoven high road.

Antonio ZACARA DA TERAMO (c.1360-1416) Enigma Fortuna The Complete Works - La Fonte Musica/Michel Pasotti rec. 2017/18 ALPHA 640 [4 CDs: 237:53] [GH] The composer is an amazing discovery, and the wonderful performances let us fully appreciate his musical world.

Mikołaj ZIELEŃSKI (c. 1560-c. 1620) Offertoria et Communiones Totius Anni - Wrocław Baroque Ensemble/Andrzej Kosendiak rec. 2019 CD ACCORD ACD272-2 [48:35] [RHa] A perfectly proportioned and finely fashioned anthology of numbers from Zieleński’s solum opus.

Ad Illam Susana Gómez Vázquez (piano) rec. 2020 EUDORA EUD-SACD-2104 [59:56] [NB] A competent but ultimately uncompelling recital.

Marie-Claire Alain (organ) à Notre-Dame de Paris rec. 1974/79 SOLSTICE SOCD388 [78:55] [SG] A treat for all organ music lovers.

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Quintet, Piano works Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto - International String Qt; Claude Hobday (double bass) New SO/John Barbirolli rec. 1927-36 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC607 [77:09] [DD] A disc for lovers of Backhaus in (for him) slightly unfamiliar repertory.

Nicola Benedetti (violin) Baroque - Benedetti Baroque O rec. 2020 DECCA 485 1891 [52:26] [DC] Very well turned out performances.

British Oboe Quintets Works by Bax, Bliss, Finzi, Vaughan Williams & Delius - Nicholas Daniel (oboe, cor anglais) Doric String Quartet rec. 2020 CHANDOS CHAN20226 [67:31] [JW] Stylish and expressive performances get to the heart of the matter.

Crépuscule British music for flute, viola and harp - Aurora Trio rec. 2020 EM RECORDS EMRCD069 [76:52] [JF] The performance and production cannot be faulted: each work is played perfectly, with skill, thought and enthusiasm (when appropriate).

East West Works for saxophone & accordion - Duo Aliada HÄNSSLER HC 20081 [54:43] [GF] Stunning playing and a greatly entertaining programme.

Fleur de mon âme Songs by Hahn, Debussy, Jongen, Chausson & Duparc - Karen Cargill (mezzo) Simon Lepper (piano) RSNO soloists rec. 2020 LINN CKD652 [59:43] [RMo] An essential purchase for all lovers of beautiful singing and French mélodies.

Isolation Songbook Helen Charlston (mezzo) Michael Craddock (baritone) Alexander Soares (piano) rec. 2020 DELPHIAN DCD34253 [65:04] [JQ] A vivid and varied musical souvenir of the pandemic emergency.

Mari Kodama (piano) Kaleidoscope - Beethoven Transcriptions rec. 2019 PENTATONE PTC5186841 SACD [56:02] [JWe] Superb playing, excellent musicianship; hard to believe that these pieces were not originally written for piano!

Rafael Kubelík (conductor) Complete Decca Recordings rec. 1954-79 ELOQUENCE 484 1452 [12 CD: 789:10] [JW] Kubelík’s Deccas collected for the first time in handsome style.

Mysteries Works by Bacri & Miaskovsky - Sabine Weyer (piano) rec. 2020 ARS PRODUKTION ARS38313 SACD [77:33] [GT] A fascinating release of a neglected Russian master and a modern French composer.

Northern Lights Christopher Herrick (organ) rec. 2020 HYPERION CDA68376 [71:58] [GH] An entertaining and stirring organ recital on one of Europe’s most northern and most modern cathedral organs.

Northscapes - Ieva Jokubaviciute (piano) rec 2019 SONO LUMINUS DSL-92251 [54:50] [DMD] All lovers of the piano will want to hear this exceptional pianist.

Nothing But Tuba Trio 21meter60 rec. 2020 GENUIN GEN21753 [57:59] [DC] Something of a novelty, but still a great success.

Omegah 9 Horses rec. 2020/21 ADHYÂROPA RECORDS AR0001 [76:00] [DMD] An intriguing fusion of jazz, rock and classical.

Emmanuel Pahud (flute) Mozart & Flute in Paris - Orchestre de chambre de Paris/François Leleux rec. 2020/2021 WARNER CLASSICS 9029673932 [66:12 + 57:21] [MC] Commendable from start to finish, this will be a valuable addition to any collection.

Cyril Smith (piano) The Complete Solo Recordings rec. 1929-52 APR 7313 [3 CDs: 217:53] [JW] Romantic flair from a virtuoso pianist.

Solacium Hymns & Lullabies - Trio Mediæval rec. 2020-2021 2L 2L165SABD SACD/BD-A [62:13] [DC] Hauntingly beautiful.

Soleil Noir: Arias by and for Francesco Rasi - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor) I Gemeli rec. 2019 NAÏVE V5473 [51:45] [GPu] A fascinating disc which articulates a distinctive and refreshing approach to the vocal music of the early baroque.

Sommernachtskonzert 2021 Igor Levit (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker/Daniel Harding rec. 2021 SONY CLASSICAL 19439904912 [80:44] [RMo] A thoroughly enjoyable, entertainingly eclectic programme but no audiophile’s dream

Blaž Šparovec (clarinet) Works by Debussy, Nielsen, Lutosławski and Copland - Odense SO/Anna Skryleva, Vincenzo Milletarì rec. 2020 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100168 [61:22] [DSP] Very fine performances of some of the most popular post-romantic literature in the solo clarinet repertoire.

The Swedish Smorgasbord in Orchestral Music rec. 1955-80 STERLING CDS1129 [57:59 + 58:44] [GF] A varied and interesting programme that should appeal to the Swedish public as well as an international audience.

Henryk Szeryng (violin) Live in USA Works by Chausson, Hahn & Paganini - Boston Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Louis Lane rec. 1974/87 RHINE CLASSICS RH-022 [78:48] [SG] A fiddle player of sovereign instrumental mastery, refinement and artful musicianship.

A Tribute to Nicolas Kynaston Works by Karg-Elert & Widor - Nicolas Kynaston (organ) rec. c.1982-1984 SELBY ABBEY ORGAN MASTERS SAOM007 [75:38] [MR] A reminder of the sheer power of Nicolas Kynaston’s extraordinary musicality, given fresh life in some glorious new aural and visual packaging.

Variations Clare Hammond (piano) rec. 2019 BIS BIS-2493 SACD [70:59] [RHa] Crisp and committed readings of seven neatly contrasted sets of variations in impeccable BIS sound.

Visions of a Century Works by Tailleferre, Durosoir, Elgar & Clarke - Malin Broman (violin/viola) Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) rec. 2020 DB PRODUCTIONS DBCD199 [68:44] [NB] An unusual programme given effective if not definitive performances.

Earl Wild: [Re]Visions Vittorio Forte (piano) rec. 2020 ODRADEK ODRCD399 [77:33] [RCh] Sparkling pianism matches the sorcerous imagination of Wild's transcriptions.

IV-XXI (In Memoriam) Works by Brahms and Clara & Robert Schumann - Yi Lin Jiang, Jacopo Giovanni (piano) rec. 2020-21 ANCLEF 20210421 [63:17] [RCh] An intimate recital sensitively approached.

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