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Friday November 29th
187 reviews completed so far this month

Adolphe ADAM (1803-1856) Giselle - Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House O/Boris Gruzin rec. 2014 OPUS ARTE DVD [RMay] This now joins that Bolshoi version at the very top of the list.

Margaret Ruthven LANG (1867-1972) Choral music - Crane School of Music rec. 2012 DELOS [BR] From mystical sacred music to Irish limericks, an interesting maverick composer is rediscovered.

Francesco Onofrio MANFREDINI (1684-1762) Sinfonie da chiesa - Capricornus Consort Basel/Peter Barczi rec. 2013 CHRISTOPHORUS [JV] This collection includes lots of good stuff.

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Premier livre de pièces de clavecin - Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) rec. 2014 HYPERION [DC] Utter refinement and strong in character.

Bright SHENG (b.1955) The Song and Dance of Tears; Colours of Crimson; The Blazing Mirage - Hong Kong Philharmonic/Bright Sheng rec. 2013 NAXOS [DRD] A successful combination of Chinese melodies and the classical tradition. Deserves to achieve wide recognition.

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Firebird Suite Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951) A Survivor from Warsaw Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Night on the Bare Mountain - European Community Youth O/Claudio Abbado rec. 1979/94 ORFEO [GPJ] Occasional balance problems and intrusive audience noise but still emphatically worth hearing for Abbado’s glorious musicality.

Henry VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881) Viola sonata Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974) Quatre Visages César FRANCK (1822-1890) Violin sonata - Peijun Xu (viola) Paul Rivinius (piano) rec. 2014 PROFIL [MC] Accomplished playing throughout this desirable recital.

Russian Chamber Music for Wind Instruments - Vol. 2 Works by Balakirev, Glazunov, Glinka & Ippolitov-Ivanov - rec. 1975-81 MELODIYA [MC] This highly desirable Melodiya reissue should prove fascinating for chamber music lovers in general not just those with a particular interest in Russian music.

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Getting to Know … The Piano Concertos of Johann Hummel by David Barker

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Balkan & East-Central European Concertos discography: Liszt by Mike Herman

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