March 2023

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Beethoven: Symphony 3 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the essential Beethoven recordings [CH]

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Bartók: Piano Concertos (Sony)

(Déjà Review) Marvellously subtle and polished … delightfully witty [TH]

Their Voices (Dux)

A Polish-Jewish chamber programme focusing on the 1930s [JW]

Wennäkoski: Sigla, Flounce, Sedecim (Ondine)

Brilliantly imagined, often beautiful works in splendid, committed performances [HC]

Bristow & Fry: Symphonies (Bridge)

Early American romanticism – golden-age verve rather than dutiful museum revival [RB]

Visions Illuminées (Signum Classics)

Mary Bevan spreads her golden tones over the whole programme [GF]

Amadeus Quartet (Alto)

Deeply felt and beautifully played, flawless intonation and ensemble, but inferior balance and sound [RMo]

Shostakovich: Symphonies 12 & 15 (Chandos)

Well played and well engineered but lacking character [NB]

JC Bach: Complete Opera Overtures (cpo)

(Déjà Review) Anthony Halstead’s marvellous players have caused me to spend several hours exploring this and related repertoire [DBi]

A Bird Came Down the Walk (BIS)

(Déjà Review) One of those rare recital recordings that actually plays best as a recital [PSh]

Miładowski and Chopin: Known and Unknown Romantics (Dux)

Unknown but attractive piano music by Miładowski but not my top choice for the Chopin [RCh]

Franck: Trois pièces pour grand orgue (RecArt)

Powerful, exciting, dramatic and sometimes introspective music played on a remarkable organ [JF]

Schubert: Piano Sonatas (Hyperion)

Aesthetically wholly coherent and technically excellent accounts of the first complete and penultimate of Schubert’s sonatas that do not oust my favourites [RMo]

Villa-Lobos: Complete Works for Solo Guitar (Proprius)

New light on old gems [ZT]

Wellesz: Chamber Music (Toccata Classics)

Fine performances of rare chamber music by an unfashionable composer whose music has much to communicate [GH]

Ysaÿe: Légende norvégienne (Simax)

A raft of previously unrecorded works – or adaptations – by Ysaÿe [JW]

Mahler: Symphony 1 (Audite)

(Déjà Review) Simply indispensable [TD]

The Stuyvesant String Quartet (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) A worthy salute to a fine quartet [JW]

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Gál: Works for viola & piano (RecArt)

An ideal balance of humour, warmth, lyricism and introspection in these appealing works [JF]

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Brodsky Quartet – Golden Oldies (Chandos)

A highly diverting selection of lighter pieces to celebrate the Brodsky Quartet’s fifty-year anniversary [RMo]

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The Nannette Streicher Fortepiano (Gramola)

A fresh perspective of solo piano music during the Vienna Classic period [DF]

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Schubert: “Death and the Maiden” Symphony (High Definition Tape Transfers)

Enthusiastic but flawed performances by student orchestras [NB]

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Chasins: Complete Music for Solo Piano (Toccata Classics)

Numerous premiere recordings in an Abram Chasins twofer [JW]

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Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies 1 & 4 (Alto)

A fine re-issue of music by one of the 20th century’s most important symphonic composers [GT]