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Kurt ATTERBERG (1887-1974) Symphonies 1 & 5 - Gothenburg SO/Neeme Järvi rec. 2014/15 CHANDOS SACD Another splendid contribution to this evolving series [IL] This is music that is neither rainy nor dark [PCG].

Niels GADE (1817-1890) String Sextet; Allegro vivace; Piano Trio - Ensemble MidtVest rec. 2013 CPO [JW] Excellent performances all-round, finely recorded and well annotated.

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Violin sonata 1 Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin sonata - Igor Malinovsky (violin), Itamar Golan (piano) rec. 2014 GENUIN CLASSICS [DC] No caveats to report.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Preludes, Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Morceaux de Fantaisie - Artur Pizarro (piano) rec. 2014 ODRADEK RECORDS [RWe] Pizarro’s series continues with a fine issue which, if low on extrovert display, is high on musical insight.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Pelléas et Mélisande, Musik zu einer Szene, Autrefois - Pia Pajala (soprano), Sari Nordqvist (mezzo) Turku PO/Leif Segerstam rec. 2014 NAXOS [GPJ] An enticing selection for Sibelians, despite some sluggish tempi from Segerstam.

Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol. 1 - Christopher Howell (piano) rec. 2014 SHEVA An immense project: ultimately important, worthy and a major contribution to recorded British music [JF] A nicely balanced mix of the occasionally mundane, the didactic and music of great reach and emotional ambit [RB].

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) A Sea Symphony - Katherine Broderick (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone), Hallé Ch & O/Sir Mark Elder rec. 2014 HALLÉ [MC] A key work in British Music in a magnificent live recording.

The Art of the Bassoon Robert Thompson (bassoon) rec. 1980-95 HERITAGE [GPJ] An interesting collection. Worthy but in the end largely disappointing.

Leopold Stokowski: CD and Digital Premieres Works by Prokofiev, Purcell, Tchaikovsky & Wagner - His Symphony Orchestra, New York City SO, NBC SO rec. 1941-50 PRISTINE AUDIO [JW] Extremely successful transfers ... this ‘mopping up’ operation will prove very attractive to Stokowski admirers.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Yo Te Quiere Matare Ministriles en Granada en el siglo XVI - Ensemble La Danserye rec. 2012 LINDORO [JV] More than an hour of brilliant and engaging music-making.

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