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JS Bach: Goldberg Variations (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A unique and personal recording of the Goldbergs [KM]

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Takemitsu: Spectral Canticle (BIS)

Takemitsu conjures exotic sounds, brilliantly performed and recorded [GH]

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (BIS)

A very good central interpretation, well played and very well recorded [RWe]

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Saariaho: Reconnaissance (BIS)

An indispensable memorial to Kaija Saariaho [GF]

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3 (BIS)

Brilliant, subversive performances but occasionally too much of a good thing [DMD]

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Stenhammar: String Quartets (BIS)

Distinguished music, including a premiere recording, given committed advocacy [RWe]

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Fallen to Dust (BIS)

An outstanding recital of English song [JQ]

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (BIS)

A warm, lyrical approach proves surprisingly satisfying [DMD]

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Takemitsu: Spectral Canticle (BIS)

Sumptuous playing and sound entice us into Takemitsu’s magical kingdom [DM]

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Castrapolis: Neapolitan Cantatas & Arias (BIS)

An attractive programme of largely unfamiliar music from ‘Baroque’ Naples [GPu]

Mazzoli: Dark with Excessive Bright (BIS)

Music that fascinates but has no place for ingratiation or meeting the general listener half-way [RB]

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Bach: Cantatas Vol. 24 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A very special disc [CC]

Palumbo: Woven Lights (BIS)

Impressively virtuosic, but struggles with emotional purchase [RB]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (BIS)

Another weak instalment in this ongoing Bruckner cycle series [RMo]

Meditatio II – Music for mixed choir (BIS)

Calm and inspiring pieces, sung with exceptional control and beauty by this world-class chamber choir [GPJ]

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Armenian Cello Concertos (BIS)

Fine performances of Soviet and post-Soviet cello concerti with a distinct Armenian accent [NB]

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Music for Cornetto and Keyboard (BIS)

An instructive and compelling survey of Italian instrumental music from the late 16th and early 17th centuries [JV]

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Szymanowski: Music for Violin and Piano (BIS)

Sensational Szymanowski played with utter technical control and expressive abandon [NB]

Haydn: String Quartets op. 33 No. 1-3 (BIS)

A very valid interpretation emphasizing Haydn’s wit and invention [LP]

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Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky on the Piano (BIS)

Extraordinary playing of the highest quality and familiar music shown in a new light [RCh]

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (BIS)

Speed is not a substitute for energy [DP]

Respighi: The Birds & Ancient Dances and Airs (BIS)

A performance worthy of the best classics, but with new, modern sound [DP]

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Schubert: Elysium (BIS)

This journey to the Elysian fields is a recital that should satisfy all lovers of Schubert [GF]

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Skalkottas: Concertos (BIS)

Fine performances of rare concertos continue BIS’s mammoth Skalkottas series [GH]