Samuel Barber: His Life and Legacy (University of Illinois Press)

A first class study, well worth tracking down [SG]

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

A welcome addition to the Egorov discography [SG]

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Carolyn Sampson (soprano) but I like to sing… (BIS)

A delight from start to finish – Carolyn Sampson is on effervescent form [JQ]

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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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Yunchan Lim (piano) (Deutsche Grammophon)

Towering performances of Beethoven and Isang Yun from South Korea [MB]

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Juilliard String Quartet: Great Collaborations Vol. 5 (Sony Classical)

An anthology of classic, highly varied recordings spanning over a quarter of a century from major music-makers [RMo]

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Barber: Orchestral Works Vol 5 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Very fine indeed – Knoxville is a particularly conspicuous success [JQ]

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American Choral Classics (Divine Art)

An enjoyable performance of Copland’s fine In the Beginning; otherwise of variable quality [GPJ]

Soaked in Colour (Fuga Libera)

There are a few winners here, but no consistency [MP]

François Le Roux (baritone): Schloeck, Barber & Durey (Gallo)

(Déjà Review) A real connoisseur’s disc [RB]

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Anthology of American Piano Music Vol. 5 (Danacord)

Licad’s extrovert pianism suits this vibrant recital [RCh]

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Bruch & Barber: Violin Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon)

Esther Yoo’s performances of the Bruch and Barber concertos make this a highly desirable album [MC]

Barber: The Complete Songs (Brilliant Classics)

What should have been an important and innovative release ruined by basic failures of presentation [PCG]