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Bennett: Sea Change (Collegium Records)

A beautifully performed survey of Bennett’s often neglected choral music [CT]

Yoshimatsu Symph 4 BBC Phil Chandos CHAN9960

Yoshimatsu: Symphony No 4, Trombone Concerto (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Much of this music is delightful, particularly the symphony, where Yoshimatsu wears his heart unselfconsciously on his sleeve. The BBC Philharmonic plays beautifully with Ian Bousfield a fine soloist in the concerto [CT]

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Salzedo: String Quartets Nos 2 & 7 (Dutton Epoch)

(Déjà Review) A quartet cycle that must rank as a major achievement in the genre. Performances of great integrity [CT]

Advent Carols from St. John’s (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) Evocative and beautifully sung [CT]

Mussorgsky Stokowski Cleveland Knussen DG 4576462

Mussorgsky: Stokowski Symphonic Transcriptions (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A fine new recording of Stokowski’s vividly orchestrated responses to Mussorgsky’s music [CT]

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 (Classics For Pleasure)

(Déjà Review) Handley’s magnificent readings make this disc essential both for collectors and newcomers [CT]

Musgrave: Orchestral Works (NMC)

(Déjà Review) Musgrave at her most compelling, given excellent performances [CT]

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Salonen: Wing On Wing (Deutsche Grammophon)

Three impressive major works in magnificent performances [CT]

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Recorded just a week after 9/11, this stunning performance heralds a new era for Rattle in Berlin [CT]

Mussorgsky: Symphonic Transcriptions by Stokowski (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A fine new recording of Stokowski’s vividly orchestrated responses to Mussorgsky’s music [CT]

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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues (Naxos)

A delicacy and deftness of touch in the playing, allied with a natural sense of line and phrasing which can be both compelling and moving [CT]