Enescu: Piano Quintet, Quartet No 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Yet another jewel in the Naxos crown [KS]

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Moore: Velvet (Heritage)

Soothing music, best listened to individually [DJB]

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Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas (Delphian)

Fine advocacy from these gifted performers [SG]

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Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations (Ondine)

Music that is predominantly static but the composer’s skill means that it never drags [PRJ]

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Vaughan Williams: The Steersman, The Future, Fantasia (Dutton)

Sheds fresh light on Vaughan Williams’ composing activities around the turn of the twentieth century [JQ]

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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 6 (Hänssler Classic)

Expect to be surprised, moved and possibly irritated [CC]

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Dello Joio, Creston & Bloch (Centaur)

Likely to win new friends for all three composers [RB]

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Corrado: Works for Ensemble (Kairos)

Agreeable new music from Italy which flows, floats and flourishes [RHa]

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Naxos)

Some good performances do little to redeem this drab, even absurd production of Meistersinger [LW]

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Music for Flute by Women Composers (Dutton)

The flute is the focus in an album of works by British women composers [JW]

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Janitsch: Chamber Music (Prospero)

Energetic and engaging performances of five splendid quartets by Janitsch [JV]

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Janáček: The Makropulos Case (Supraphon)

(Déjà Review) This has an unmistakably authentic feel about it, with acerbic Czech brass playing, the difficult language easily rolling off the tongue, and the conductor and cast obviously totally inside the piece. It deserves success [TH]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 1-15 (Brilliant Classics)

(Déjà Review) As a way to experience one of the greatest symphonic cycles of the 20th century this has to be an essential purchase at this price [DBi]

Opera Arias in Turin in 18th Century (cpo)

Charming but stylistically uniform arias from Turin in the later 18th century [CRo]

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Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy v22 (Danacord)

Discography expansion in the work of Thomas Jensen [JW]

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State Fair and the 20th Century-Fox Songbook (Dutton)

A celebration of great Hollywood musicals of the 40’s & 50’s performed with stunning style, sophistication and pizzazz [NB]

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Recording British Music (Vocalion Books)

A ready source of rare information, insight and record – and a great read [GHu]

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Monteverdi: Madrigals (Naïve)

(Déjà Review) A glorious, theatrical recording of Monteverdi’s final collection of madrigals [GPu]

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Mozart: Piano Concertos (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) Excellent retrieval work from Bridge, whose commitment to Balsam has been of long standing and great worth [JW]

The Golden Age of Hollywood – recital (Quartz)

A fascinating collection of mostly little-known violin works [GF]

Grieg: Symphonic Dances (Chandos)

Exemplary performances of some rare Grieg [SB]

Cherubini Quartet: The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

The Cherubini Quartet’s favourite and less well-remembered recordings [JW]

Liszt: Transcriptions from Operas, Piano Music Volume 61 (Naxos)

Some poetic moments but little sparkle or brilliance [MB]

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Mahler: Symphony No 3 (High Definition Tape Transfers)

An excellent, parallel recording of one of the finest Mahler performances ever committed to disc [JQ]