May 2023

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Leshnoff: Violin Concerto (Naxos)

A trio of dramatic, highly accessible and very American works, skilful if not always especially memorable [RMo]

Seicento Stravagante BIS 2526

Music for Cornetto and Keyboard (BIS)

An instructive and compelling survey of Italian instrumental music from the late 16th and early 17th centuries [JV]

Bruckner Symphony 3 Poschner Capriccio C8086

Bruckner: Symphony 3 (Capriccio)

Played somewhat ‘wrong,’ but much of it still right [SV]

Al-Basma Canticum Novum Ambronay AMY 057

Al-Basma: Voyage au cœur d’Al-Andalus (Ambronay)

It isn’t quite ‘what it says on the label’, but there is much to enjoy here [GPu]

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Mozart: Ecstasy and Abyss (Sony Classical)

A release that will probably only appeal to superfans of clarinettist Martin Fröst [ST]

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Müller-Hermann: Chamber Music (Hänssler Classic)

A chamber music pairing that reflects contrasting influences on a still little-known Austrian composer [JW]

Polish Concerti Vol1 DUX 1958

Polish Concerti Vol. 1 (Dux)

An unusual and deeply satisfying disc – give it a try [WH]

Albeniz Iberia Hamelin Hyperion CDA67476-77

Albéniz: Iberia (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Sweep and clarity as well as Hamelin’s special brand of architectural understanding [JW]

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Angelo Villani (piano) Transcriptions (Artémus)

Grand, heroic and intimate playing recalling pianists from the Golden Age [RCh]

Humour and Classical Music: Hindemith’s Flying Dutchman Overture

by David Barker

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Sancan: A Musical Tribute (Chandos)

A worthy tribute – scintillating music played with wit, verve, insight and exceptional skill [NB]

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Fantasie – 7 Composers, 7 Keyboards (Harmonia Mundi)

The most fun musical history lesson I can imagine [DMD]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies 8-10 (Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings)

Three magnificent Shostakovich performances [JQ]

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Ervin Nyiregyházi (piano) Live Vol. 3 (Sonetto Classics)

Will appeal both to fans of Ervin Nyiregyházi and aficionados of the art of piano [SG]

Georg Nigl (baritone): Echo (Alpha Classics)

Georg Nigl is a magnificent storyteller – do not miss this well-filled disc [GF]

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Hendrie: Complete Organ Music Vol. 1 (Toccata Classics)

Committed and technically outstanding performances [JF]

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Bach: Sacred Cantatas for Alto (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A wonderful recording in all respects [DS]

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Jistebnický Kancionál (Supraphon)

It is hard to see a better ensemble to take care of these chants than the Tiburtina Ensemble [JV]

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Dynamic)

A modern-dress production that plays it pretty straight, and a very strong singing team [ST]

New Light on French Romantic Women Composers (Bru Zane)

A sumptuous box celebrates neglected women composers of the French Romantic era [JW]

Grieg: Violin Sonatas (Danacord)

A fine balance of confidence, naivety and a sense of Nordic tragedy in each sonata’s progress [JF]

In the Streets of London – A 17th Century Musical Pub Tour (Fuga Libera)

The music of the people, as heard in London in 1651, played with verve and character [GH]

Bruckner: The Symphonies – Organ Transcriptions Vol. 6 (Oehms Classics)

A virtuoso player vividly brings to life a transformed orchestral masterpiece [MSt]

Classics of American Romanticism (Bridge Records)

Intriguing early American symphonies in convincing performances [NB]