Colin Clarke

Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Opus Arte)

(Déjà Review) James’ story in Britten’s setting emerges magnificently [CC]

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Bartók & Dohnányi: Violin Sonatas (Caprice)

(Déjà Review) A triumph all round [CC]

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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

Patrick Gallois: French Flute Music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Not only for flautists – enjoyment and stimulation for all [CC]

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Dutilleux: Symphony No 2, Métaboles & The Shadows of Time (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) The fine cohesive forces and undeniable emotive power of these pieces should surely serve to guarantee them a lasting place in the repertoire … the more one listens, the more there is to discover [CC]

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) Mozart & Beethoven (Music & Arts)

A must-hear for Michelangeli fans, and indeed for all lovers of great pianism [CC]

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Mischa Maisky (cello) & Martha Argerich (piano) In Concert (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A magnificent triumph for all concerned [CC]

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R Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A reminder of all the strengths of this cruelly-underrated conductor/composer. Certainly, this is a major addition to the Strauss discography [CC]

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 13, 14 & 30 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) This is a truly awe-inspiring offering from Pires which acts as a reminder of what a truly unique and inspiring musician she is [CC]

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Belcea Quartet – Debussy, Dutilleux and Ravel (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) This disc represents the flowering of talent of an ensemble that, if they continue on their present well-chosen path, will achieve great things [CC]

Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (DG)

(Déjà Review) If a one-pianist complete set is required at reasonable price Kempff proves a generally reliable guide [CC]

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Berlioz: Les nuits d’été and other songs (Virgin Classics)

(Déjà Review) Véronique Gens joins the exalted ranks of Crespin and Baker for top placing in Les nuits dété, and comes top of the list for modern recordings. A truly beautiful record [CC]

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Chopin: Etudes (Harmonia Mundi)

Chiu possesses a melting tone and a high level of musicianship [CC]

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 8-11 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A fresh viewpoint, though not everything convinces [CC]

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Schubert: String quartets Vol. 5 (Naxos)

The Kodály’s musicality shines through this delightful selection of three earlier works [CC]

Schumann: Symphony No. 1; Strauss: Sinfonia domestica (Orfeo)

(Déjà Review) Mitropoulos’ readings offer a must-hear, never less than fascinating experience [CC]

Bartók: Piano Works (Oehms Classics)

(Déjà Review) Bach is a most musical pianist whose understanding of the Bartókian idiom should be sampled [CC]

Ravel: Sonatas & Trio (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A winning combination of youth and musical insight; a treat indeed [CC]

Diamond: Symphony No.3 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Fresh, devoted performances of music fully worthy of continued attention [CC]

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Mozart: Wind Concertos (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Authenticists might not agree with everything, but surely even they would get sucked in to the spirit of it all [CC]

CPE Bach: Johannes-Passion (Capriccio)

(Déjà Review) Moments of great beauty as well as operating on a real dramatic trajectory [CC]

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Busoni: Orchestral Works (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) A simply superb recording [CC]

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Bach: Cantatas Vol. 24 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A very special disc [CC]

Brahms: The Sextets (Signum Classics)

(Déjà Review) Few performances are fresher [CC]