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Maria Teresa AGNESI (1720-1795) Arie con Istromenti, 1749 - Elena De Simone (mezzo-soprano), Ensemble Il Mosaico rec. 2018 TACTUS TC720101 [75:56] [JV] Maria Teresa Agnesi fully deserves the attention she gets here.

Hendrik ANDRIESSEN (1892-1981) Complete Symphonic Works - Phion, O Gelderland & Overijssel/David Porcelijn rec 2011-2014 CPO 555 508-2 [4 CDs: 226:34] [RHa] This is one of the most consistently rewarding of CPO’s many complete symphonic cycles of overlooked twentieth century composers.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerti - Il Gusto Barocco/Jörg Halubek (harpsichord) rec. 2019 BERLIN CLASSICS 0301676BC [40:02 + 52:31] [MG] Enjoyably fresh, even if fast tempi sometimes blunt clarity of counterpoint.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suites Nos 1-3 - Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) rec. 2019 DECCA 4852088 [68:27] [DMD] A disappointing issue by Ashkenazy’s exalted standards.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Art of Fugue - Eloïse Bella Kohn (piano) rec. 2021 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC21049 [38:39 + 42:77] [DC] Time for a more pert and energetic BWV 1080.

Aurelio BARRIOS Y MORALES (1880–1943) Symphony & other orchestral works - Orquesta Sinfónica de Coyoacán Nueva Era A.C/ Rodrigo Elorduy rec. STERLING CDS1114-2 [59:21] [NB] Deeply disappointing both as music and in performance.

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Concerti Nos 1-2, Two Portraits - Maurizio Pollini (piano), Shlomo Mintz (violin), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado rec. 1983 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 6353 [63:33] [PBW] Overpowering performances with a classic status.

Sir Arnold BAX (1883-1953), Sir Granville BANTOCK (1868-1946) & Henry Balfour GARDINER (1877-1950) String Quartets - Tippett Quartet rec. 2020 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7389 [79:48] [JW] A number of finely performed première recordings of British quartets written by the famous, the known and the obscure.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No 9 - Piano Duo Chipak-Kushnir, Francisco Manuel Anguas Rodriguez (timpani) rec. 2018, 2019 GENUIN GEN21766 [65:18] [DC] Would Beethoven have liked this?

Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Serenades - Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2014 DECCA 4786775 [65:19] [SV] Decca showcases the orchestra in a nice simulacrum of their old analogue "house sound" and I enjoyed the definition and depth.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 4 Sir James MACMILLAN (b. 1959) Larghetto - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck rec. 2017/18 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FR-744 SACD [54:00] [RMo] A great and original addition to the Brahms 4 discography with an interesting coupling.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto - Oscar Shumsky (violin) Philharmonia Hungarica/Uri Segal rec. 1984 BIDDULPH 85007-2 [42:10] [NB] Patrician playing by a true violin great.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Fantasies Op 116, Intermezzi Op 117, Pieces Op 118, Pieces Op 119 - Paul Lewis (piano) rec. 2021 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902365 [71:46] [DMD] This now may be the top recommendation for the complete late Brahms piano music.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) The Turn of the Screw - Rhian Lois (soprano) Robert Murray (tenor) Sinfonia of London/John Wilson rec. 2020 CHANDOS CHDVD5290 [112 mins] [RHa] An unusual production that’s touched by singular circumstances, with outstanding playing, singing and recording.

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) A Ceremony of Carols & other works - Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury rec. 1961-90 DECCA 478 5947 [66:02] [GPJ] Two fine Cleobury-led performances of Britten Christmas works.

Wojciech BŁAŻEJCZYK (b. 1981) General Theory of Relativity - Holger Falk (baritone), Andreas Harrer (technician), Klangforum Wien/Johannes Kalitzke rec. 2021 KAIROS 0015111KAI [59:20] [RH] Contemporary fare from Poland which is by turn entertaining, defiant, provocative and sometimes terrifying in its implications.

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 1 - Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann rec. 2017 PROFIL PH18083 [49:25] [MC] An outstanding live recording of Bruckner’s First Symphony.

Francesca CAMPANA (c1610–1665) Arie a una, due e tre voci - Ricercare Antico/Francesco Tomasi rec. 2019 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 96008 [64:30] [JV] The approach to these arias does not particularly convince me.

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite symphonique Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Pelleas und Melisande - O Suisse Romande/Jonathan Nott rec. 2019-2020 PENTATONE PTC5186782 SACD [47:04 + 42:11] [ST] An interesting experiment, but ultimately unsatisfactory.

Josquin DESPREZ (c. 1450-1521) Josquin the Undead: Laments, Deplorations and Dances of Death - Graindelavoix/Björn Schmelzer rec. 2021 GLOSSA GCDP32117 [78:18] [DC] A strikingly stirring place to linger.

Cezary DUCHNOWSKI (b. 1971) phonoPhantomatics - Agata Zubel (voice), Klangforum Wien/Titus Engel rec. 2021 KAIROS 0015109KAI [72:18] [RH] Another fine release epitomising the Kairos commitment to new Polish music.

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) String Sextet, String Quintet - Nash Ens rec. 2004 ALTO ALC1273 [71:33] [SV] Marred by a very poor performance of the Sextet.

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) & Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Cello Concertos - Gabriel Schwabe (cello) ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Ward rec. 2020 NAXOS 8.574320 [56:12] [GPJ] Wonderful readings of both these masterpieces by this young German cellist, and Oration will be a stunning revelation for many.

Erberk ERYILMAZ (b. 1989) Dances of the Yoğhurt Maker - Erberk Eryilmaz (darbuka, davul, wooden spoons, piano), Carpe Diem String Quartet rec. 2020 MSR CLASSICS MS1785 [60:11] [GPu] Eryilmaz is clearly a talented and interesting composer, but this disc doesn’t consistently show him at his best.

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) & Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Berceuses, Violin Sonatas - Hagai Shaham (violin) Arnon Erez (piano) rec. 2014 NIMBUS RECORDS NI8107 [68:30] [MZ] This disc encapsulates the finest of French violin writing around the turn of the 20th century, in very good if unemotional performances, with excellent sound.

Robert FAYRFAX (1464–1521) Music for Tudor Kings & Queens - Ensemble Pro Victoria/Toby Ward rec. 2021 DELPHIAN DCD34265 [67:07] [GH] Discover the music one of Henry VII’s most favoured composers, on his anniversary.

Ruth GIPPS (1921-1999) Opalescence - Joseph Spooner (cello) David Heyes (double bass) Duncan Honeybourne (piano) rec. 2020-2021 PRIMA FACIE PFCD171 [51:46] [JF] A valuable addition to the slowly growing catalogue of Gipps’ recorded music.

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 [45:35] [GPJ] Hugely entertaining music, brilliantly performed.

Johann Gottlieb GOLDBERG (1727-1756) Complete Trio Sonatas - Ludus Instrumentalis rec. 2020 RICERCAR RIC426 [69:57] [JV] Goldberg's complete output for instrumental ensemble, performed in an engaging and creative manner.

Henryk Mikołaj GÓRECKI (1933-2010) & Eugeniusz KNAPIK (b. 1951) When Songs Are Sung - Sylwia Olszyńska, Monika Sendrowska (sopranos) Tomasz Rak (baritone) Silesian Chamber Orchestra/Maciej Tomasiewicz rec. 2020 DUX 1781/1782 [70:33 + 75:11] [MW] A mixed bag but overall a disappointment.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Mireille - Inva Mula (soprano) Charles Castronovo (tenor) Choeur et l’Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris/Marc Minkowski rec. 2009 NAXOS NBD0126V Blu-ray [151 mins] [MP] A superb production, long unavailable, returns to the catalogue.

Aleksandra GRYKA (b. 1977) Interialcell - Florian Müller (harpsichord), Andreas Harrer (technician), Klangforum Wien/Johannes Kalitzke rec. 2021 KAIROS 0015110KAI [46:50] [RHa] Contemporary fare, elusive and never boring but somehow unfulfilling, which actually seems to be what the composer aims for.

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) L’isola disabitata - Anett Fritsch, Sunhae Im (soprano) Krystian Adam (tenor) André Morsch (baritone) Akademie Alte Musik Berlin/Bernhard Forck rec. 2020 PENTATONE PTC5186275 [80:55] [MP] An admirable achievement on disc.

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sancta Susanna, Symphony Mathis der Maler, Nusch-Nuschi-Tänze - Wiener Singakademie, ORF Vienna Radio SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2019-2020 NAXOS 8.574283 [61:01] [MR] Marin Alsop proves herself to be a top-flight interpreter of Hindemith’s music, showing Sancta Susanna to be a masterpiece.

Arthur HINTON (1869-1941) & Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Piano Quintets York BOWEN (1884-1961) Phantasie - Tippett Quartet, Lynn Arnold (piano) rec. 2020 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7386 [73:03] [JW] A fine premiere recording of Arthur Hinton’s near-forgotten quintet heads a British chamber release.

Jānis IVANOVS (1906-1983) Symphonies Nos 15 & 16 - Latvian National Symphony Orchestra/Guntis Kuzma rec. 2021 SKANI LMIC126 [62:11] [SA] Ivanovs had much to say and said it well. It is interesting and very musical.

Tod MACHOVER (b.1953) Death and the Powers - Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2011 BMOP/SOUND 1082 [86:00] [DMD] An engrossing, accessible opera on a timely subject.

Sir James MacMILLAN (b. 1959) Consecration - Cappella Nova/Alan Tavener, Stephen McIntyre (organ) rec. 2019 LINN CKD633 [80:49] [JQ] A terrific disc, showing contemporary liturgical music at its very best.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concerti Nos 22 & 24 - Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano), Les Violons du Roy/Jonathan Cohen rec. 2019 ANALEKTA AN29147 [65:01] [MG] Mellifluous semiquaver runs, enterprising cadenzas and a great band.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 1 & 6 - San Francisco Symphony/Herbert Blomstedt rec. 1988 DECCA 425 607-2 [66:55] [DC] Still excellent recordings, but now well over 30 years old.

Caspar OTHMAYR Gilt & Gegengift - Franz Vitzthum (countertenor), Dryades Consort/Sylvia Tecardi rec. 2020 CHRISTOPHORUS CHR77455 [73:36] [GPu] Music now rarely heard, superbly performed in a well thought-out programme.

Ignacy PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) & Zygmunt STOJOWSKI (1870-1946) Violin Sonatas - Piotr Pławner (violin) Piotr Sałajczyk (piano) rec. 2020 CPO 555 324-2 [70:02] [JW] Three romantic Polish violin sonatas performed with passion and finesse.

Ferdinando PAËR (1771-1839) Leonora - Eleonora Bellocci (soprano) Paolo Fanale (tenor) Innsbruck Festival Orchestra/Alessandro De Marchi rec. 2020 CPO 555411-2 [77.01 + 72:44] [MP] Strong performance standards bring this pleasing work out of the shadows.

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) A Piazzola Trilogy - Stephanie Jones (guitar), Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire/Karen Gomyo (violin) rec. 2020 BIS BIS-2385 SACD [63:03] [GP] There is great musical intelligence and more tang to these tangos than in many other classical responses to Piazzolla.

Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Saint François d'Assise, L’An Mil - RTF National Orchestra & Choir/René Alix, Paris Radio Symphonic Orchestra/Jean Fournet rec. 1953/64 SOLSTICE SOCD392/3 [62:54 + 71:36] [SG] A recorded document of significant importance.

Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Ramuntcho, Cydalise et le Chèvre-pied: Suites - O Ntl Lille/Darrell Ang rec. 2015 NAXOS 8.573609 [62:38] [NB] Attractive scores performed with brio and sensitivity.

Elizabeth POSTON (1905–1987) Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Harp - Korros Ensemble rec. CONVIVIUM RECORDS CR065 [13:24] [DMD] A delightful surprise from an almost forgotten composer.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Piano Sonatas Nos 6-8 - Severin von Eckardstein (piano) rec. 2020 CAVI-MUSIC 8553034 [75:36] [RC] Highly rewarding performances of these masterworks.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Symphony No 2 - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Robin Ticciati rec. 2020 LINN CKD653 [63:15] [MC] Under Robin Ticciati, the DSO Berlin achieves impressive heights of musicianship.

Julius RÖNTGEN (1855–1932) Symphonies 7, 11, 12, 14 & 22-24 - Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/David Porcelijn rec. 2006/7 CPO 7773092 [41:59 + 61:04] [NB] Fine performances and recordings of skilfully crafted symphonies.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Edition rec. 1904-2020 WARNER CLASSICS 9029674604 [34 CDs: 36 hours] [MC] Essential for admirers of French music and Saint-Saëns in particular.

Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Piano Concerto Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No 2 - Yefim Bronfman (piano) The Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst rec. 2020 THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TCO0003 SACD [54:14] [LW] The Cleveland Orchestra series continues with outstanding Prokofiev.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) String Quartets Nos 9 & 14 - Chiaroscuro Quartet rec. 2017 BIS BIS2268 SACD [62:47] [DJB] Simply outstanding performances that should sweep aside any possible anti-authentic instrument resistance.

Franz SCHUBERT [1797-1828] Die schöne Müllerin, Schwanengesang, Winterreise - Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Michael Gees (piano) Andreas Staier (fortepiano) rec. 2007-12 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72665 [3 CDs: 204:10] [MZ] This evocative collection of Schubert’s great song cycles by a first-rate tenor belongs in every collection, but be prepared for unabashed Romanticism.

Georg Caspar SCHÜRMANN (1672/73-1751) Cantatas - Weser-Renaissance Bremen/Manfred Cordes rec. 2020 CPO 555 374-2 [61:54] [JV] A worthy monument to a great master.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Preludes & Fugues Ronald STEVENSON (1928-2015) Passacaglia on DSCH - Igor Levit (piano) rec. 2020 SONY 19439809212 [3 CDs: 232:41] [SB] Impressive performances of one masterpiece and another possible one.

Carl STAMITZ (1745-1801) Symphonies - Kölner Akademie/Michael Alexander Willens rec. 2019 CPO 555 344-2 [65:39] [DBi] A very attractive disc of rarely performed symphonies from the Mannheim School.

Marcin STAŃCZYK (b 1977) Mosaïque - Benedikt Leitner (cello) Klangforum Wien/Patrick Hahn rec. 2021 KAIROS 0015108KAI [69:34] [RHa] A quintet of unexpectedly alluring timbral experiments from a daring sonic alchemist.

Alessandro STRADELLA (1643-1682) Cantatas & Serenatas Vol. 2 - Alesandro Stradella Consort/Estévan Velardi rec. 2006 DYNAMIC CDS7894 [67:32] Stradella's music is not served that well here, neither by the singers nor by the production.

Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance - Ch & London SO, Ch & Light Opera O/Malcolm Sargent rec. 1929-1930 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO182 [77:34 + 73:10] [JW] A classic G & S 1929-30 pairing with exceptionally quiet surfaces.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony No. 6, Romeo and Juliet - Orchestre symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit rec. 1990 DECCA 430 507-2 [66:54] [ST] A high-quality performance in excellent sound, but you’ll find it done better elsewhere.

Alexander TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977) Cello Sonatas 1-3, Preludes, Suite, Mystère - Marina Tarasova (cello) Ivan Sokolov (piano) rec. 2020/21 NORTHERN FLOWERS NFPMA99144 [76:17] [SA] I was hooked from the first few notes.

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767) Wedding Serenata, Cantatas - Julia Kirchner (soprano), Georg Poplutz (tenor), La Stagione Frankfurt/Michael Schneider rec. 2019 CPO 5553002 [76:17] [JV] Through this disc we become acquainted with a lesser-known side of Telemann’s oeuvre.

Francesco Maria VERACINI (1609-1768) Overtures and Concerti Vol. 3 - L’Arte dell’Arco/Federico Guglielmo (violin) rec. 2018 CPO 555 241-2 [57:43] [DBi] A sonically and musically attractive programme of these rarely recorded works.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Messa da Requiem - Jessye Norman (soprano) Agnes Baltsa (mezzo) José Carreras (tenor) Yevgeny Nesterenko (bass) Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Riccardo Muti rec. 1981 BR KLASSIK 900199 [46:25 + 37:36] [MC] This Verdi Requiem from Munich conducted by Muti in 1981 is simply top drawer.

Gianluca VERLINGIERI (b. 1976) Musica Ritrovati - Trio Debussy, Quartetto Lyskamm rec. 2012-19 NEOS 12126 [59:26] [DMD] A distinctive, witty and often profound voice.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons - Francisco Fullana (violin) Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell rec. 2021 AVIE RECORDS AV2485 [52:16] [RMas] An outstanding rendition of Vivaldi’s evergreen concerti.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) Cantata Per Soprano I - Arianna Vendittelli (soprano), Abchordis Ensemble/Andrea Buccarella rec. 2020 NAÏVE OP7257 [62:30] [DBi] Superb music and magnificent performances, beautifully recorded.

Johan WAGENAAR (1862-1941) Orchestral works - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly rec. 1989 DECCA 425 833-2 [66:08] [JQ] A very good introduction to the music of a skilled and entertaining composer.

Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) Wesendonck-Lieder Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Rückert-Lieder - Elīna Garanča (mezzo) Wiener Philharmoniker/Christian Thielemann rec. 2020/21 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 486 1929 [40:18] [RMo] Excellent live performances of two favourite song cycles which both match and contrast most satisfyingly.

Advent Live Vol. 2 Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha rec. 2008-19 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD661 [62:59] [ST] This disc is even more convincing than Volume one, and I suspect it will become a regular part of my personal Advent celebrations in future years.

American Originals: A New World, A New Canon Reginald L. Mobley (countertenor), Agave rec. 2021 ACIS APL20445 [66:08] [NC] This lovely vocal and instrumental recital testifies to the universal reach of classical music.

Americascapes Works by Loeffler, Ruggles, Hanson & Cowell - Basque National Orchestra/Robert Treviño rec. 2020 ONDINE ODE1396-2 [63:06] [NC] A collection of American orchestral music, led by a rising podium lion, that demands to be heard.

Beethoven And His Contemporaries Vols 1 & 2 Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik/Bernhard Forck rec. 2020 NAXOS NBD0135/6V Blu-ray [155 & 165 mins] [DBi] A remarkable series of concerts, full of historical interest and some significant discoveries.

Marianne Crebassa (mezzo) Séguedilles - O & Ch Ntl Capitole Toulouse/Ben Glassberg rec. 2020 ERATO 9029667689 [73:39] [MC] Marianne Crebessa is in irresistible form in a compelling Spanish-themed collection.

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) Bach · Handel - Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon rec. 2020 ERATO 9029667786 [83:37] [MC] Full marks for this captivating album.

Shani Diluka (piano) The Proust Album - Natalie Dessay (soprano) Pierre Fouchenneret (violin) O Chambre de Paris/Herve Niquet rec. 2020 WARNER CLASSICS 9029667625 [81:52] [MC] A fascinating and engaging French-themed collection, constructed around Marcel Proust.

English Music for Viola and Piano Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), John Lenehan (piano) rec. 2020 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7390 SACD [82:42] [NB] Impressive music and music-making from first to last.

Formidable! French Chansons - Thomas Oliemans (baritone, piano) Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson rec. 2021 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS43321 [68:30] [BMC] A diverse collection of chansons and short orchestral numbers, given a different twist.

Four Hands for France Stephanie McCallum & Erin Helyard (piano duet) rec. 2021 TOCCATA NEXT TOCN0007 [72:51] [WK] In terms of musicianship and sympathy for the repertoire, this recording is a stand-out.

Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor) The Complete Wilhelm Furtwängler on Record rec. 1926-1954 WARNER CLASSICS 9029 523240 [55 CDs: ca 55 hrs] [RMo] There is much here to fascinate and delight in this labour of love, but whether it is the best option to experience the magic of Furtwängler is debatable.

The Holy Boy Christmastide in Albion - Timothy Dickinson (bass-baritone) Duncan Honeybourne (piano) rec. 2021 PRIMA FACIE PFCD170 [66:00] [JF] A well-balanced recital, leaning towards the reflective rather than the celebratory.

Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 2 - Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Riisager, Honegger & Bartok - Danish Radio SO rec. 1949-1963 DANACORD DACOCD912 [76:23 + 61:08] [JW] Bravery but frailty in Jensen’s symphonic broadcasts.

Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 3 - Works by Brahms & Tchaikovsky - Endre Wolf (violin), Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir rec. 1949-61 DANACORD DACOCD913 [67:13 + 67:21] [JW] Thomas Jensen’s previously unreleased Brahms broadcasts embody expressive flexibility but technical unevenness.

Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 4 - Works by Nielsen, Holmboe, Koppel, Tarp & Schierbeck - Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra rec. 1941-62 DANACORD DACOCD914 [79:23 + 71:03] [JW] Classic but often reissued studio recordings of Nielsen coupled with premiere releases of Danish broadcasts.

Wilhelm Kempff (piano) The Complete Polydor Recordings 1927-36 - Wilhelm Kempff (piano) rec. 1927–1936 APR RECORDINGS 5638 [74:38] [RCh] More early recordings display the wonderful artistry of Wilhelm Kempff.

La leggenda di Vittore e Corona nei codici del medioevo InUnum Ens rec. 2020 TACTUS TC220002 [53:04] [GH] A unique chance to hear a reconstruction, in plainchant and polyphony, of a commemoration of the lives of two early Christian martyrs.

Leipzig 1723 Concertos by Graupner, Fasch, Telemann & Bach - Stefan Temmingh (recorder) Sebastian Wienand (harpsichord) Capricornus Consort Basel rec. 2020 ACCENT ACC24375 [66:14] [JV] Stefan Temmingh is one of the finest recorder players of our time, and he shows that here once again.

Hee-Young Lim (cello) Arirang Nori - Gyuhwan Kim (daegeum), Eunji Lee, Sung Ho Yoo (piano) rec. 2021 SONY 19439965622 [70:43] [GH] A brilliant young cellist plays brand-new works by seven leading Korean female composers.

Lully's Followers in Germany Works by Fischer, Muffat & Telemann - El Gran Teatro del Mundo rec. 2021 AMBRONAY AMY314 [68:22] [DJB] Plenty to enjoy, but probably one for the aficionado more than the general listener.

Norwegian Opera Overtures Norwegian Ntl Opera O/Ingar Bergby rec. 2020 LAWO CLASSICS LWC1218 [70.56] [MW] A delightful introduction to some fine composers in idiomatic performances.

Psalmen & Lobgesänge David Erler (alto), L'arpa festante/Rien Voskuilen rec. 2020 CHRISTOPHORUS CHR77453 [75:56] [JV] This disc is a treasure one should not miss.

Reels, Drones & Jigs Perpetuo rec. 2019 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD154 [70:23] [ST] A disc to cheer you up in the depths of winter or to set your foot tapping in the summer.

Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Complete Decca Recordings rec. 1950-74 ELOQUENCE 484 2150 [20 CDs: 20 hours 40 minutes] [JW] Ricci’s British Deccas collected in a compelling 20-disc box.

Ruggiero Ricci (violin) Complete American Decca Recordings rec. 1961-70 ELOQUENCE 484 1988 [9 CDs: 7 hours 52 mins] [JW] Ricci’s American Deccas fuse virtuosity, homage, caprice and flair in a nine-disc box.

Felix Salmond (cello) The Complete Columbia Recordings - Simeon Rumschisky (piano) Harry Kaufman (piano) rec. 1926-1930 BIDDULPH 85009-2 [77:35 + 66:35] [SG] A compulsory purchase for cello fanciers and historical recording enthusiasts.

José Serebrier - Portraits of the Maestro by Michel Faure publ. 2021 Amadeus Press [MMB] A detailed, at times engrossing profile of a celebrated conductor and composer.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) Carte Blanche rec. 2021 DECCA 4852081 [79:09] [RCh] Thibaudet gifts us a glorious collection to celebrate his special birthday.

Un violon à Paris Renaud Capuçon (violin), Guillaume Bellom (piano) rec. 2021 ERATO 9029652001 [80:13] [MC] A collection of attractively melodic works in glowing performances.

Vox Clara Late Medieval Chant from Riga, Hamburg, Lund, Limoges - Schola Cantorum Riga/Guntars Pranis rec. 2020 SKANI LMIC085 [57:04] [JV] This disc offers an insight into the colourful world of medieval liturgical and para-liturgical music.

Women of Note Vol. 2 rec. 1979-2019 ABC CLASSICS 482 9111 [2 CDs: 138:46] [DMD] Another intriguing trip down under courtesy of Australian women composers.

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Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben - A survey by Ralph Moore

Constance Warren and her Heather Hill for string orchestra by John France

Ian Lace (MWI reviewer) - an appreciation by Len Mullenger

Exploring Ruth Gipps’s Cringlemire Gardens by John France



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