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Thursday October 2nd
16 reviews completed so far this month

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas 23, 31 & 32 - Claudio Arrau (piano) rec. 1960 ICA CLASSICS [BR] A fascinating live document of Arrau as barnstorming virtuoso.

Jan Ladislav DUSSEK (1760-1812) Piano Concertos - Ulster O/Howard Shelley (piano) rec. 2013 HYPERION [PRB] Beware, if you enjoy this, you could easily end up becoming hopelessly addicted, perhaps for the next twenty-five years.

Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Eight Préludes, Guitare, Fantasie sur des rythmes flamenco - Jean-Leon Cohen (piano) rec. 2013 FORGOTTEN RECORDS [JW] Cohen is an excellent player of Martin but the recording is not sympathetic - tricky.

Pietro MORLACCHI (1828-1868) & Antonio TORRIANI (1829-1911) Fantasie d’opera - Trio Hormus rec. 2011 TACTUS [SSi] A most enjoyable listening experience.

Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Music for Piano Duo - Caroline Clemmow, Anthony Goldstone (pianos) rec. 1990/2013 DIVINE ART [JF] Everything about this disc is ideal.

Myroslav SKORYK (b. 1938) Diptych, Violin Concerto 7, Cello Concerto, Carpathian Concerto - Nazary Pilatyuk (violin) Valery Kazakov (cello) Odessa PO/Hobart Earle rec. 2013 NAXOS [SA] A very enjoyable disc ... will whet anyone’s appetite to explore Skoryk’s music yet further.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Aurora's Wedding, The Nutcracker Suite - Stokowski SO/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1950-53 CAMEO CLASSICS [JWh] Typical Stokowski - riveting Tchaikovsky.

The Transcendentalist Works by Scriabin, Cage, Feldman & Wollschleger - Ivan Ilić (piano) rec. 2013 HERESY RECORDS [JW] One cannot but admire Ilić’s idiomatic grip.

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