Moore Tchaikovsky Complete Symphonies Pletnev Brilliant

Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies (Brilliant Classics)

Conducting, playing and engineering of the highest quality – subtle and thrilling in equal measure; a treasurable set [RMo]

Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil (Chandos)

Musically and sonically outstanding [JQ]

Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 & Flute Concerto (Chandos)

An essential Nielsen recording that crackles with the chaotic energy of the life-force [NC]

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Turina: Complete Piano Trios (IBS Classical)

Exceptional in every way [DJB]

Delius: Eine Messe des Lebens (LAWO Classics)

An outstanding recording of Eine Messe des Lebens [JQ]

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Bridge Records)

Excellent performances, engaging and rewarding [SG]

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Un air d’Italie: the mandolin in Paris in the 18th century (Arcana)

No-one with a fondness for the mandolin should miss this engaging disc [GPu]

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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Apollon Musagète (Chandos)

Superb recordings of all the works here [SB]

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Vaughan Williams: A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

Lovers of English song should not hesitate: acquire this disc and gatecrash Uncle Ralph’s musical party [JQ]

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Volume 1 (Chandos)

Consistently magnificent performances, but comparison has a sting in the tail [MG]

Ruby Hughes (soprano): End of My Days (BIS)

An outstanding recital; elegantly conceived, ideally recorded and beautifully performed [RHa]

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (Harmonia Mundi)

A top-notch Turangalîla from Toronto; stellar sonics, too [DM]

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Ymaginacions – Mass upon John Dunstable’s square (Paraty)

A Lady Mass by a leading early Tudor composer in an exciting, unique performance [GH]

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Decca)

The last instalment of the Decca ‘Ring’ enhanced by remastering in magnificent sound [JQ]

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Rachmaninoff: Symphony 2 & Piano Concerto 2 (Berliner Philharmoniker)

This is in every way a distinguished Rachmaninoff album [JQ]

Mahler: Symphony 3 (High Definition Tape Transfers)

A classic performance in a never-before-heard revelatory recording [NB]

Handel: Messiah (Erato)

Period-instrument Messiah, not to be missed [DF]

Cage: Music for Three, Music for One (CAvi-Music)

Cage’s ‘thing’ advocated by three superb musicians, in sympathetic sonics [RHa]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Decca)

A classic Wagner recording in magnificently remastered sound [JQ]

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Cavalieri: Lamentations (Pan Classics)

Incisive performances of stylistically groundbreaking and expressive works [JV]

Bedford In the Voices of the Living NMC D272

Bedford: In the Voices of the Living (NMC)

Bedford’s music is adventurous, exciting, humane and quite devoid of blandness or the easy option. Terrific performances and sonics [RHa]

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Sibelius: Symphony No 4 (Alpha Classics)

A performance to convert the Sibelian reluctant to appreciate the bleak Fourth’s special qualities, in a death-laden programme complete with two superb companion pieces [RMo]

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Zayt Gezunterheyt – The Folk Soul of the Eastern Clarinet (Antarctica Records)

A simply outstanding meeting of stunning musicians and glorious music [PJ]

Briggs: Hail, gladdening Light (Hyperion)

A memorable disc [JQ]