October 2023

Alfano: Complete String Quartets (Naxos)

Dedicated and committed performances [SG]

Byrd: On Byrd’s Wings (Audite)

An interesting and musically captivating contribution to the Byrd commemoration [JV]

Ibert, Hartmann & Dvorák: Chamber Music (Farao Classics)

A perfect release to encourage newcomers to explore the genre further [DJB]

Nielsen: The Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

A distinguished addition to the Nielsen discography [JQ]

Roger Norrington (conductor) Sacred Music (SWR Classic)

Choral masterpieces of the 19th century, in stirring performances [RWe]

rodgers oklahoma chandos

Rodgers: Oklahoma! (Chandos)

A ground-breaking recording of a ground-breaking American musical [PCG]

Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol 1 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A collection that will enchant all but the hardest-hearted [IL]

Copland: Old American Songs (Apex Warner)

(Déjà Review) A great disc [SA]

Cesti cantatas ARS38640

Cesti: Cantatas (Ars Produktion)

Compelling performances of cantatas by a great composer of the 17th century [JV]

Glass patentia LWC1255

Glass & Bjerkestrand: Violin Concertos (lawo)

Fascinating music, fine performances and recording, poor presentation [WH]

Parry piano HTGCD14041

Parry: Piano music (Heritage Records)

The pianist assimilates Parry’s earlier influences with his personal skill to create a satisfying whole [JF]

Folksongs PTC518707

Folk Songs (Pentatone)

A life-enhancing experience of which I wish every music lover could be a part [GF]

Bach violin DCD34300

Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (Delphian)

Worth buying for the rich, subtle and exciting account of the famous Chaconne alone [DMD]

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Egk: Columbus (Orfeo)

An operatic rarity returns to the catalogue, and remains a worthwhile encounter [PCG]

Bach viola DHR780102

Bach: Cello Suites (Doremi)

Pioneering recordings by a superb violist at the height of her powers [JW]

Allegri Palestrina GIMSE401

Allegri & Palestrina: Choral works (Gimell)

This is a disc which has attained something approaching classic status over the years, and rightly so [JQ]

Kelly Chamber Music Toccata 10702

Kelly: Chamber Music (Toccata Classics)

Fine premiere recordings of chamber music by a little-known Australian who perished on the Somme [GH]

Mozart PC 24 25 Bavouzet Chandos 20192

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 24 & 25 (Chandos)

Bavouzet’s prolific ornamentation mars the poignancy of K491’s slow movement; but the edginess created in K503’s finale is revelatory [MG]

Werner Masses & Motets v3 Audite 97819

Werner: Masses & Motets (Audite)

Top-class performances of music by a ‘forgotten’ master [JV]

Tchaikovsky Sym 5 Mehta BR Klassik 900207

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 (BR Klassik)

These are striking performances of Tchaikovsky’s renowned Fifth Symphony and Liszt’s Mazeppa [MC]

20thC foxtrots v5 Grand Piano GP922

20th Century Foxtrots (Grand Piano)

Be swept back to the jazz age with the latest in Wallisch’s excellent series [RCh]

Bartok PCs Aimard Salonen Pentatone PTC5187029

Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos 1-3 (Pentatone)

One good and two superb performances of these modern classics [SB]

Mussorgsky Stokowski Cleveland Knussen DG 4576462

Mussorgsky: Stokowski Symphonic Transcriptions (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A fine new recording of Stokowski’s vividly orchestrated responses to Mussorgsky’s music [CT]

Danish PCs Danacord DACOCD597

Danish Piano Concertos Vol 3 (Danacord)

(Déjà Review) Three memorable Danish romantic piano concertos [RB]