Recommended

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Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (LSO Live)

Three superb Britten readings, including possibly the finest Spring Symphony on disc [GPJ]

Danza Gaya – Music for Two Pianos (Lyrita)

Delightful from start to finish [WK]

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Cristal Bello (Vanitas)

A rewarding collection with a clear historical purpose, though it delights at least as much as it educates [GPu]

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Art Songs of the Jewish Diaspora (Acis)

Milhaud and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are just two composers contextualised in this wide-ranging programme [JW]

Delius: Hassan (Chandos)

The warmest welcome for a superb new realisation of Delius’s greatest work of incidental music [PCG]

Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Cockaigne Overture  (Oehms Classics)

A swift, cohesive, sensitive and beautifully played account of the greatest English symphony [RMo]

Chopin: Études Op.10 & 25 (Decca)

Spectacular in every respect [SG]

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David Ponsford (organ): Corrette & Dandrieu (Nimbus Records)

A perfect match of music, organ and performer [JV]

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Shostakovich: String Quartets (Signum Classics)

The Carduccis’ Shostakovich: control and catharsis [NC]

Kabeláč: Complete Chamber Music (Capriccio)

An important set from a composer who had much to say, and said it without any compromise [HC]

Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (Profil)

A magnificent account of the last version of Bruckner’s most approachable symphony, beautifully played in ideal recorded sound [RMo]

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Hamelin: New Piano Works (Hyperion)

Remarkable playing, remarkable music [RCh]

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Liszt: A Faust Symphony, Les Préludes (St Laurent Studio)

Uncontrived, yet revelatory, interpretations from a neglected podium auteur [NC]

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Toscanini: The 1939 Beethoven Cycle (Pristine Audio)

One of the finest Beethoven Symphony cycles in the best remasterings [DF]

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Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Live Concert Edition (Meloclassic)

Indispensable for Kempff fans [SG]

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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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Guerra-Peixe: A Retirada da Laguna (Naxos)

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

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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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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]

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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]

Mademoiselle Duval: Les Génies (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

A Baroque opera rarity is one of CVS’s happiest releases of recent years [MP]

Upheaval (OUR Recordings)

Wonderful playing, emotional depth and imagination in this beautiful music [RCh]

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Elgar: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Hallé)

Distinguished recordings which surpass the earlier recordings by these performers [JQ]

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Stainer: The Crucifixion (Delphian)

An ideal performance of this famous old work which should win it new friends [SB]