April 2024

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In Sara Levy’s Salon – Chamber Music for Viola (Christophorus)

Rare repertoire of fine quality, excellent performances [JV]

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Schmidt: The Piano Album (Capriccio)

Sure to make new friends for Schmidt’s music [WK]

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Summer Dreams – American Piano Duets (Brilliant Classics)

Intentionally slight music played with sensitivity and skill [NB]

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Around the World in 80 Minutes (Orchid Classics)

Well-chosen old favourites and new discoveries [JF]

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Brahms, Strauss, Reger & Rihm: Hölderlin-inspired works (Sony Classical)

A fascinating compilation of Hölderlin-inspired pieces [JQ]

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Clarke: Works for Viola and Piano (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A  splendid release in every respect [HC]

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol 4 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Another success … carry on collecting with pleasure [TH]

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Zemlinsky: Lyrische Symphonie (Orfeo)

This CD will be indispensable to admirers of Michael Gielen [JQ]

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Arvīds Jansons Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev (ICA)

Valuable additions to a somewhat neglected conductor’s discography [RMay]

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Torvund: A Walk into the Future (Aurora)

Unusual orchestral fare: the final pair of pieces convince more than the first two [Rha]

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Guerra-Peixe: A Retirada da Laguna (Naxos)

Another excellent addition to this revelatory series – brilliant music, brilliantly played [NB]

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Lutyens: Piano Music Vol 3 (Resonus)

Another enlightening exploration of a broad range of Elisabeth Lutyens’s piano music [JF]

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Salsa Nueva (SOMM Recordings)

The best thing to do with a disc such as this is to sit down, relax and enjoy [HC]

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JS Bach: Motets (Challenge Classics)

One of the most satisfying recordings of Bach’s motets, in particular in regard to the relationship of text and music [JV]

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Adriana von Franqué (piano) Filigrane (Genuin)

Floating, atmospheric, finely crafted Parisian music [JF]

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Busoni: Violin Sonatas (Tactus)

Busoni’s violin sonatas are well worth hearing [SB]

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Wagner: Parsifal (Sony Classical)

A decent account of the score let down by vocalism which ranges from mediocre to poor [MBu]

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Reale: American Mosaic (Naxos)

A West Coast maverick rediscovered [PRJ]

Cav Pag Bjorling Pristine Audio XR PACO209

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (Pristine Audio)

Remarkable sonic restoration, almost recreation, and a must for Verismo opera lovers [EJW]

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Gormenghast (Sony Classical & BBC Studios)

(Déjà Review) One of the finest scores ever written for television [GSD]

Janacek Danube Naxos 8.555245

Janáček: Danube (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An inspired rediscovery of three rarities [RBr]

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Chopin: Études (Decca)

These Études aspire to a narrative unlike any other recording ever made – and is often remarkable in doing that [MB]

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The Tempestuous Harpsichord (Tremula Records)

A storm in a teacup [PRJ]

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Delius: Eine Messe des Lebens (LAWO Classics)

Sir Mark Elder and his Bergen forces present Delius’ A Mass of Life in the best possible light [MC]