March 2024

Bach Organ Works v3 Farao B108110

Bach: Organ Works, Vol 3 (Farao Classics)

A fitting ending to a magnificent project [SG]

J Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Philharmonia Ackermann EMI 5675352

J Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (EMI Classics)

Johann Strauss’ Hungarian operetta truly sparkles in a performance that commands the field in spite of its age [MP]

Sibelius Symphonies 1 7 Makela Decca 4852256

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1-7 & Tapiola (Decca)

Another way to skin the Sibelian cat – and enjoy sound of unparalleled depth and clarity [RMo]

Cyril Scott Piano Sonata No1 Lyrita SRCD437

Scott: Piano Sonata No 1 (Lyrita)

Cyril Scott’s 1930s revision of his Piano Sonata, Op.66 heard in a strange disc [JW]

Rota Film Music EMI 5749872

Rota: Film Music (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) The seven-movement ballet suite for La strada is the most significant item here and is worth the price of this CD alone [IL]

Salzedo String Quartets Dutton CDLX7113

Salzedo: String Quartets Nos 2 & 7 (Dutton)

(Déjà Review) A quartet cycle that must rank as a major achievement in the genre. Performances of great integrity [CT]

chesnokov sacred choral naxos

Chesnokov: Sacred Choral Music (Naxos)

Fine performances from Cambridge of wonderful choral music by Pavel Chesnokov [JQ]

jensen volume 21 danacord

Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 21 (Danacord)

New music, unfamiliar music and Light Music form this focused twofer [JW]

Berlioz’s Béatrice & Bénédict

by Ralph Moore

egorov cliburn dehaan

Youri Egorov (piano) 1977 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (DeHaan Records)

A welcome addition to the Egorov discography [SG]

Reinhold Glière – a Centenary Appreciation

by Alan Poulton

albion ralph vaughan williams serenade to music

Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Albion Records)

An interesting concept executed with imagination and insight [NB]

chopin arrau warner

Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

casella giara bottega discantica

Casella: La Giara (La Bottega Discantica)

(Déjà Review) La Giara is a superbly bubbling brew that demands to be heard – engaging performances too [JW]

Gershwin, Tower, Stucky: Works for Piano and Orchestra  (Naxos)

A varied and absorbing medley of American works [RMo]

Alkan: Complete Piano Music Volume 6 (Piano Classic)

Delights await in this chest of Alkan’s piano curiosities [RCh]

Duarte: Works for Solo Guitar (Brilliant Classics)

More first recordings of John Duarte’s music, in performances of a particularly high standard [ZT]

Martini: Sacred music (Tactus)

Welcome compilation of sacred music by a teacher of Mozart [CRo]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Benjamin: Symphony, Cotilion, North American Square Dance Suite  (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) Benjamin’s light and serious sides generously represented in vivid performances and with recording to match [RB]

Bach: Organ music (Proprius)

(Déjà Review) This organ produces some of the loveliest sounds I have heard for a very long time [GF]

JS Bach St John Passion Claves

J S Bach: St John Passion (Claves)

Despite some shortcomings, this is one of the better performances of the St John Passion [JV]

Benoit: Heaven and Hell (Fuga Libera)

Olympian choral works of massively varying quality [JW]

Duruflé & Poulenc: Requiem, Lenten Motets (Hyperion)

The Choir of Trinity College Chapel gives a consoling, inspiring performance [JF]