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53 Studies on Chopin Études 1
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Thursday October 29th

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

Variations

Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2020
HYPERION CDA68346
[79:43] [DC]

A delight from start to finish.
Luigi CHERUBINI (1760-1842)
Sacred Works
Kammerchor der Frauenkirche Dresden, Ensemble Frauenkirche Dresden/Matthias Grünnert rec. 2019
RONDEAU ROP6179
[68:21] [GPu]

Some newly discovered works by Cherubini are part of a well-performed and well-recorded disc.
Edward GREGSON (b. 1945)
Complete Music for Solo Piano
Murray McLachlan, Rose McLachlan, Edward Gregson (piano) rec. 2020
NAXOS 8.574222
[71:59] [PRB]

So much to enjoy here.
Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
The Cunning Little Vixen
, Sinfonietta
Lucy Crowe (soprano), Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 2019
LSO LIVE LSO0850 SACD
[63:09 + 56:28] [JQ]

A very fine account.
Max RICHTER (b. 1966)
Voices

KiKi Layne (narrator), Grace Davidson (soprano), Mari Samuelsen (violin), Max Richter (keyboards), Camilla Pay (harp), Joby Burgess (percussion), Robert Ziegler (conductor)
DECCA 0898651
[54:09 + 53:01] [CC]

Performance and recording are beyond criticism.
Contemporary Piano Soundbites
Composers in Lockdown 2020

Duncan Honeybourne (piano)
PRIMA FACIE PFCD140
[80:00] [JF]

A varied soundscape of contemporary music.
Ervin Nyiregyházi (piano)
Live Vol. 2 rec. 1973/84
SONNETO CLASSICS SONCLA005
[72:44 + 39:02] [JW]

A dedicated and utterly professional undertaking, but not for the faint of pianistic heart.
One Hundred Years of British Song Vol. 1
James Gilchrist (tenor) Nathan Williamson (piano) rec. 2020
SOMM SOMMCD0621
[63:37] [NB]

Insightful performances of some of the finest British songs from the early 20th Century.

Exploring Searle's Piano Sonata by John France

Vladas Bagdonas, Leader of the Vilnius State Choir in conversation with Ona Jarmalavičiūtė

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