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Friday February 27th
213 reviews completed so far this month

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf; The Banner of Saint George - Bergen PO & Ch/Sir Andrew Davis rec. 2014 CHANDOS SACD A splendid new recording of King Olaf [JQ] One cannot fail to be impressed by Elgar's ability to write engaging music for these prosaic texts [JF].

Hermann GOETZ (1840-1876) Complete Piano Works - Christof Keymer (piano) rec. 2011 CPO [JW] I’m glad to have had the opportunity to take in Goetz’s solo piano works in one go.

Wim HENDERICKX (b.1962) Disappearing in Light; Raga III; The Four Elements - HERMESensemble/Wim Henderickx rec. 2011 HERMESENSEMBLE [DC] One composer's interpretation of distant worlds.

Joseph JONGEN (1873-1953) Fantasia; Adagio symphonique; Violin Concerto Sylvio LAZZARI (1857-1944) Rapsodie - Philippe Graffin (violin) Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Martyn Brabbins rec. 2013 HYPERION [PRB] All in all, then, an attractive disc which will certainly not disappoint, and one which would grace any manner of CD collection.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 6 Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture - Philharmonia O/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 2009 SIGNUM CLASSICS [SV] Combines a forthright musicality with a keen sense of orchestral colour.

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Symphony 10 - Leonardo Neiva (baritone) Saulo Javan (bass) São Paulo SO & Ch/Isaac Karabtchevsky rec. 2013 NAXOS [JWh] Loud and garish Villa-Lobos.

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Der Fliegende Holländer - Terje Stensvold, Anjam Kampe, Christopher Ventris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Andris Nelsons rec. 2013 RCO LIVE [ST] What struck me most of all was the lyricism and poetry.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996) Violin Concerto; Symphony 4 - Ilya Gringolts (violin) Warsaw PO/Jacek Kaspszyk rec. 2013 WARNER CLASSICS [MC] Weinberg has deservedly risen out of the pack of unjustly neglected composers.

Vladimir Horowitz (piano) Last of the Romantics ALTO [SA] We are unlikely to see his like again.

Smörgasbord Mats Lidström (cello) Bengt Forsberg (piano) rec. 2000 HYPERION [DJB] Such an unusual selection is to be applauded, though consuming it all in one sitting may cause indigestion.

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