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Bach: Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d’amore (Naxos)

Reconstructed concertos for oboe and oboe d’amore constitute a musical treat for lovers of Bach’s music [ZT]

Olga Samaroff & Frank La Forge (piano): The Complete Recordings (APR)

Highly enjoyable playing by two pioneers of American pianism [RCh]

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Isolde Menges (violin) (Biddulph)

A great artist’s important legacy restored, including first recordings of Beethoven, Bach and Vaughan Williams [JW]

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Enrico Gatti (violin) Praeconium solitudinis (NovAntiqua)

The performances are superb, but the concept may not appeal to everyone [JV]

Bach: Trio Sonatas (Brilliant Classics)

Good performances on a splendid historical instrument [JV]

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Florian Noack (piano) I Wanna Be Like You – The Piano Transcriptions (La Dolce Volta)

A hugely enjoyable celebration of the piano from this supremely gifted pianist [RCh]

Bach: Piano Transcriptions Volume 5 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Milne’s playing also reflects his love of this demanding yet rewarding repertoire [TB]

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J S Bach: Guitar Transcriptions (Naxos)

One of the best guitar recordings of music by JS Bach [ZT]

Bach: Cello Suites (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) The best of the best in this most personal of all possible worlds [DC]

Sparks of Spirit (Audite)

This brother and sister team are winning in this engaging programme [RCh)

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J S Bach: The First Cantata Year Vol 1 (Hänssler Classic)

Given the quality of the existing cycles, this is a brave project but a very fine start [DJB]

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J S Bach: Cantatas (PHI)

Incisive performances of three cantatas, among them one of Bach’s most beloved [JV]

Bach JS: Sonatas and Partitas (BIS)

Dazzling virtuosity, sometimes at the expense of the music [ZT]

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JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (BIS)

Excellent and compelling [SG]

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Bach: (RE)inventio (Divine Art)

An interesting exercise, with mostly winning results [DJB]

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Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Live Concert Edition (Meloclassic)

Indispensable for Kempff fans [SG]

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JS Bach: Motets (Challenge Classics)

One of the most satisfying recordings of Bach’s motets, in particular in regard to the relationship of text and music [JV]

11 Famous Cathedral Organs – recital (Alto)

Thirteen pieces, eleven cathedral organs, nine organists, one excellent concept [JF]

Barchet: Chamber Works (Hänssler Classic)

(Déjà Review) Full marks to Hänssler for giving enduring life to this most attractive and expert craftsman [JW]

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Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (Hyperion)

A superb, lyrical performance of this great music [PSh]

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Bach: Organ Works, Vol 3 (Farao Classics)

A fitting ending to a magnificent project [SG]

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Youri Egorov (piano) 1977 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (DeHaan Records)

A welcome addition to the Egorov discography [SG]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Bach: Organ music (Proprius)

(Déjà Review) This organ produces some of the loveliest sounds I have heard for a very long time [GF]