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Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940)
Organ Works
Thomas Monnet (organ)
[60:39] [MR]

Magnificently recorded and very well played; shame about the booklet.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Piano Concertos Nos 1, 3 & 4, Triple Concerto
Inon Barnatan (piano) Stefan Jackiw (violin), Alisa Weilerstein (cello) ASMF/Alan Gilbert rec. 2015/17
[74.56 + 70.40] [CRa]

The Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields makes its first foray into the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the classy Inon Barnatan.
Natanael BERG (1879-1957)
Symphony No. 4, Piano Concerto, Birgitta Suite
Jacob Moskopvicz (piano) Royal Stockholm PO/Per Borin, Swedish RSO/Stig Westerberg, Goran W. Nilson rec. 1976-91
[75:15] [EJW]

It gives me pleasure to bring this unusual CD to your attention.

André Ernest Modeste GRÉTRY (1741-1813)

Raoul Barbe-Bleue

Matthieu Lécroart (bass) Chantal Santon-Jeffrey (soprano) François Rougier (tenor) O Nord/Mike Fentross rec. 2018
[2 CDs: 87:01] [MP]

An outstanding presentation of Grétry’s long-unperformed gothically-comic opera.

Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994)
Symphonies Nos 2 & 3
Finnish Radio SO/Hannu Lintu rec. 2018
ODE1332-5 SACD [61:40] [SB]

Splendid performances of these now well-established symphonies.
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)

Rebeka Lokar, Jorge de Léon, Erika Grimaldi, Ch & O Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2018
DVD 748108 [115 mins] [WH]

A fascinating staging of Puccini’s final opera, well sung and performed without Alfano’s completion.
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764)
Les Indes Gallantes
Claron McFadden, Sandrine Piau (soprano) Les Arts Florissants/William Christie rec. 1990
[3 CDs: 193:07] [MBu]

A necessary addition to any collection of French baroque music.
Ryuichi SAKAMOTO (b. 1952)
For Mr Lawrence

Jeroen van Veen (piano) rec. 2019
[5 CDs: 344:05] [SSi]

An enjoyable exploration of most aspects of Sakamoto’s music.
Richard STÖHR (1874-1967)
Chamber Music Vol. 4
Conor Nelson (flute) Mary Siciliano (piano) Velda Kelly, Priscilla Johnson, Judith Teasdle (violin) Susan Schreiber (viola) Stefan Koch (cello) rec. 2014-19
[66:39] [JW]

Lyrically generous, well-proportioned and backward looking.
Krzysztof Penderecki, composer
23 November 1933 – 29 March 2020
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