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

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

Schulhoff, Debussy, Janáček, Antheil: Violin Sonatas (Genuin)

A wonderfully intelligent, interesting programme, superbly performed [NB]

Moriz Rosenthal (piano) Complete Solo Recordings (APR)

The complete recorded legacy of a great Golden Age pianist, ideally transferred to CD [RWe]

Belle époque – clarinet & orchestra recital (Pentatone)

Exceptionally fine playing and recording compromised by unbalanced programme and poor documentation [NB]

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Until Night Falls (Genuin)

Interesting programming and some evocative pianism [RCh]

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Debussy & Mozart: Songs (ECM)

(Déjà Review) Banse’s subtle, dark-toned soprano is ideal for this material [TH]

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Debussy & Strauss (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

An auspicious launch for the Melbourne Symphony’s own label [JQ]

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Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) Poèmes de L’Amour (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Lovers of fine singing can purchase without hesitation now and enjoy an outstanding recording and performance [RJF]

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Jacqueline Delman (soprano) More from my archives (Oak Grove)

A valuable documentation of Delman’s versatility, musically, repertoire-wise and linguistically [GF]

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Around the World in 80 Minutes (Orchid Classics)

Well-chosen old favourites and new discoveries [JF]

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Adriana von Franqué (piano) Filigrane (Genuin)

Floating, atmospheric, finely crafted Parisian music [JF]

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Debussy: Jeux, Poème Dansé (Decca)

A fine follow-up to Klaus Mäkelä’s previous Stravinsky disc [JQ]

Barchet: Chamber Works (Hänssler Classic)

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

Mischa Elman (violin): The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Biddulph)

An Elman discographic lacuna is put right; fine transfers too [JW]

Ruby Hughes (soprano): End of My Days (BIS)

An outstanding recital; elegantly conceived, ideally recorded and beautifully performed [RHa]

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Sandrine Piau (soprano) Reflet (Alpha Classics)

An attractive programme of French orchestral songs that will provide much enjoyment, but there are better versions of the well-known songs [PT]

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Path to the Moon Works for cello & piano (Chandos)

Three sonatas and a raft of transcribed songs offer fruitful material for the Chandos pairing [JW]

Hues and Shades (recital) (Orchid Classics)

A sophisticated delight, full of subtle musicianship and expertly recorded [GPu]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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Claudio Arrau (piano) The Early Years (Marston)

(Déjà Review) No Arrau admirer would want to be without it [JW]

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Phases (Musica Solis)

Impeccably performed easy-listening entertainment in the best sense of those words, but the playing time could have been more generous [GF]

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Mer(s) (Appassionato)

Well-played performances hampered by a claustrophobic recording [NB]

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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]

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Andrea Bacchetti (piano): In Concert (Monarda Music)

More than just a souvenir of a fine recital [DC]