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Puccini: I Canti (BR Klassik)

Charles Castronovo breathes new life to these smart orchestrations of Puccini’s piano songs [MC]

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Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 (Danacord)

The performance captures all the nuances of Ravel’s pianism [JF]

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Nardini: Complete Music for 2 Violins (Brilliant Classics)

A well-deserved recognition of a neglected composer [JV]

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Shura Cherkassky (piano): The Complete 78-rpm Recordings 1923-1950 (APR)

An opportunity to savour Cherkassy’s seductive magic [SG]

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Decker: Ørnen 1897 (Antarctica Records)

An unusual and attractive work inspired by an obscure and ill-fated Swedish attempt on the North Pole [RHa]

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Hélène Grimaud (piano) Mozart & Schumann (C major)

A very fine orchestra and pianist in a concert of some distinction [RWe]

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Thomas Demenga (cello) Bach, Hosokawa & Yun (ECM)

The contemporary pieces featured here would have been unthinkable without Bach’s innovative thinking [HC]

Bach Cello Suites Quaresma Artway Next 12023

Bach: Cello Suites (Artway Records and Claves)

Two fine new accounts of Bach’s cello suites but the Artway issue is clearly preferable [RMo]

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Dusman: Flashpoint (Neuma Records)

A varied selection of instrumental, chamber and ensemble works from a quietly accomplished if little-known figure [RHa]

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Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 (ICA Classics)

A concert that marks the beginning of a great conductor/orchestra relationship hampered by poor sound [NB]

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Luzzaschi: Il Concerto Segreto (Ricercar)

An impressive revival of the art of the Concerto delle donne [JV]

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Franck: Piano Works (Hänssler Classic)

Fabulous playing shows off Franck’s early virtuosity while impressing in the familiar late works [RCh]

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Wigmore Soloists: Chamber Works (BIS)

Committed and inspiring performances of important chamber works [JF]

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In Memoriam Lars Vogt: Brahms, Viotti & Dvořák (Ondine)

The Tetzlaffs’ tribute to the late Lars Vogt leaves a mixed impression [LW]

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Bentzon: Symphonies 5 & 7 (Dacapo)

(Déjà Review) These symphonies are examples of Bentzon’s metamorphic style in which the voices of Bartok, Simpson and Shostakovich nudge and jostle [RB]

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Cieślak: Niepodległa (Acte Préalable)

Despite adventurous music for the chorus, Cieślak’s earnest oratorio is confrontational and somewhat gloomy [RHa]

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Dreams, Desires, Desolation (Divine Art)

A substantial exploration of English song [JF]

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Mozart: Requiem (Acis)

Mostly of interest to Marylanders, but contains a gutsy performance of Mozart’s Requiem in a new performing edition [ST]

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Yunchan Lim (Deutsche Grammophon)

Half a disc of Yunchan Lim’s Beethoven, live in Guangju, expands our understanding of the latest Cliburn winner [JH]

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Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 20 (Danacord)

Holmboe’s Seventh Symphony heads a varied and packed historic Danacord twofer [JW]

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Toscanini: The 1948 Brahms Cycle Vol. 1 (Pristine Audio)

Toscanini at his best in these great live concert recordings from 1948, lovingly remastered [GPJ]

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Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (DUX)

Intermittently good, but inconsistent and not outstanding [RMo]

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Braga Santos: Symphony 2 (Marco Polo)

(Déjà Review) A natural next step for anyone who loves Vaughan Williams, Rózsa or Moeran [RB]

Reger: Requiem; Mahler: Orchestral songs (Capriccio)

A movingly immersive experience [MP]