Bach Goldberg Var Syriab Trion Solaire SOL1015

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Solaire)

…something rich and strange [DC]

Turnage Music to Hear Black Box BBM1065

Turnage: Music to Hear (Black Box)

(Déjà Review) Turnage’s chamber music has a restrained confessional tone far from Turnage’s “public” statements. His chamber music communicates directly through simplicity, subtlety and sincerity. Highly accessible and communicative music [GF]

Fayrfax Masses Cardinalls Music ASV Gaudeamus CDGAX353

Fayrfax: The Masses (ASV Gaudeamus)

(Déjà Review) Magnificent discs containing sumptuous examples of early Tudor polyphony presented in first class performances [JQ]

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Scheller: Dead Grain (Acte Préalable)

Cold, creepy, crepuscular and clever – Scheller’s eerie sounds slither delightfully under the skin [RHa]

Martinu Piano Trios Arbor Trio Naxos 8.572251

Martinů: Complete Piano Trios (Naxos)

The Arbors showcase these compelling works with vitality and élan [SG]

Arne Skjold Rasmussen pianist Danacord DACOCD 966-7

The Forgotten Danish Pianist Arne Skjold Rasmussen (Danacord)

Forgotten but Restored: the art of a fluent, fleet but nervous Danish pianist and Nielsen specialist [JW]

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Jauchzet Gott (Accent)

A disc to treasure, with probably the best ever performance of Bach’s famous Cantata BWV51 [JV]

Leiviska Symph 1 PC Hanssler HC23050

Leiviskä: Symphony No 1 & Piano Concerto (Hänssler Classic)

Late-romantic works by a neglected Finnish composer in committed, well-recorded performances [EJW]

Sumera Mushroom Cantata BISCD1560

Sumera: Mushroom Cantata (BIS)

(Déjà Review) As irreplaceable as a volume by a favourite author – be sure never to lend it to anyone; you’re unlikely to get it back! [DC]

Nielsen Aladdin Suite Naxos 8.557164

Nielsen: Aladdin Suite (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An excellent introduction to Nielsen’s marvellous music. Established Nielsen enthusiasts should also add this splendid anthology to their collections without delay [JQ]

Godecharle: Harp quartets (Ramée)

Well-written, entertaining harp quartets by a little-known composer, in excellent performance [JV]

Brahms: Double Concerto; Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 22; Dvořák: Silent Woods (Ondine)

A touching tribute by elite musicians to a friend and colleague [DMD]

Mischa Elman (violin) plays Mozart and Paganini (Biddulph)

RCA LPs restored, showing Elman schmoozing his way through Mozart and encore trinkets [JW]

Music on Christmas Morning (Naxos)

An enjoyable and varied Christmas programme, expertly performed [JQ]

Mayer E: Piano Concerto, overtures (cpo)

Attractive music but only the latermovertures are really outstanding [RCh]

Scarlatti D: Complete keyboard sonatas (Erato)

(Déjà Review) This set is a pinnacle in the history of recorded music [PCW]

Stanford: Piano Quintet, String Quintet No. 1 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Wonderful music and marvellously performed [MC]

Atterberg: Aladin (cpo)

An interesting operatic curiosity featuring lush writing for the orchestra and chorus [MP]

Stanley: Complete Flute Sonatas (Brilliant Classics)

Lively and sympathetic playing of Stanley’s flute sonatas [JW]

Giordano: Andrea Chénier (Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings)

This superb version shows the work to be better than its reputation [RWe]

Berio: Complete Piano Music (Grand Piano)

The complete recording of Berio’s little-known piano works [GH]

Beyond Twilight – Music for cello and piano by female composers (Delphian)

Vignettes, salon charmers and genre pieces from women composers [JW]

Monteverdi: Stage Works (Apex)

(Déjà Review) Essential listening for all Monteverdi enthusiasts [JF]

Griffes: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A nice addition to the impressionist repertoire, and a great diversion from Afternoon of a Faun [KS]