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Ariosti: Lessons for viola d’amore (Brilliant Classics)

A perfect disc to become acquainted with the viola d’amore and Ariosti’s sonatas [JV]

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Opera – The Autobiography of the Western World

Enjoyable and engaging if not fulfilling [MMB]

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 6 & 9 (Pristine)

Pristine remastering of the first Boult cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies reaches a triumphant conclusion [PCG]

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Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Alpha)

A vivid rollercoaster approach, the listener smarting on the front row stalls [MG]

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Gál: Music for Voices Vol. 2 (Toccata)

An absorbing cross-section of vocal works composed over a period of four decades [JF]

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L Glass: Symphony 4 (CPO)

A commanding recording of Louis Glass’s (occasionally) problematic Fourth Symphony [JW]

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Jongen: Preludes (Chandos)

A valuable recording of neglected repertoire [DC]

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Szymanowski: Piano Works (DG)

Wonderful playing and the disc is worth buying for the Masques alone [SB]

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Launy Grøndahl (conductor) Legacy Vol. 7 (Danacord)

The Grøndahl legacy series reaches volume 7 with a question mark or two [JW]

Musique lyrique pour cor et piano (Danacord)

A rewarding exploration of a variety of virtuosic works – technical wizardry and sheer lyricism [JF]

The Silver Swan (Convivium)

A clever conjoining of British song-writing contemporaries [JW]

Schulhoff: Piano Concerto (Hänssler)

Two of Schulhoff’s finest works, both well performed and recorded [MC]

Lutyens: Piano Music Vol. 2 (Resonus)

Jones strikes gold again [DMD]

British Choral Anthems (Naxos)

This recording of the Five Mystical Songs is touched by greatness [JQ]

de Lalande: Les soupers du roi (Château de Versailles)

Lively and colourful performances of Louis XIV’s favourite music [JV]

Nelson Freire (piano): The Unreleased Recordings (Decca)

Previously unreleased Nelson Freire recordings enrich the catalogue [JW]

Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works (RCA)

Responds to every seething texture, supple moment and elemental fury [RB]

R Strauss: Orchestral Works (RCA)

A welcome re-issue of three justly famous Strauss recordings in superb sound [RMo]

Eugene Ormandy (conductor) (Testament)

An interesting document, but only the Emperor adds significantly to the discography [SV]

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Matiegka: Sonatas for Guitar (Bridge)

An outstanding, indeed revelatory recording which makes an irresistible case for Matiegka’s sonatas [GPu]

Martinů: Larmes de couteau (Capriccio)

Martinů’s one-act operas heard in persuasive, lively performances [JW]

Howells: Piano Music Vol. 2 (Naxos)

An important survey played with skill, insight and care [NB]

Farrenc: Piano Works Vol. 1 (Grand Piano)

Marvellous playing here highlighting the splendid writing of this neglected composer [RCh]

Cooke: Organ Music (Toccata)

An absorbing exploration of most of Arnold Cooke’s organ music [JF]