David Barker

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Fauré: Authentique – Complete Works for Cello & Piano (Audite)

A very cool, unemotional (and unsuccessful) take on Fauré’s cello works [DJB]

Wonder Women (Erato)

Some surprises here. Strozzi’s works stand out, as does L’Arpeggiata’s playing [DJB]

Humour and Classical Music: Morecambe and Wise

by David Barker

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Pohle: Complete Sonatas & Ballet Music (Ricercar)

Very fine performances of little-known music from mid-17th century Germany [DJB]

Students of Bruckner: Piano Works (Gramola)

Of more historical interest than musical [DJB]

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Moore: Velvet (Heritage)

Soothing music, best listened to individually [DJB]

Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagione & La Follia (Alpha Classics)

An electrifying rendition of the Four Seasons to set alongside Fabio Biondi’s [DJB]

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C P E Bach & Graun: Viola Concertos (cpo)

Fairly bland music that the performances don’t enliven [DJB]

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J S Bach: The First Cantata Year Vol 1 (Hänssler Classic)

Given the quality of the existing cycles, this is a brave project but a very fine start [DJB]

Kraus: Overtures (cpo)

If you don’t know Kraus’s music, give this a try; if you do, enjoy these performances [DJB]

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Bach: (RE)inventio (Divine Art)

An interesting exercise, with mostly winning results [DJB]

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Philarmonica (Alpha Classics)

A potentially interesting programme, but it tended to all blend together [DJB]

Humour and Classical Music: Peter Schickele

by David Barker

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Turina: Complete Piano Trios (IBS Classical)

Exceptional in every way [DJB]

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Shostakovich & Arensky: Piano trios (DUX)

Performances that underplay the essential character of each work [DJB]

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Jenkins: The Armed Man (Signum Classics)

An arrangement for smaller forces that still makes as much impact [DJB]

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Andre Schoch (trumpet) Core (Es-Dur)

Readings that don’t match up with the best, and an ungenerous runtime [DJB]

Dans nos yeux  – recital (Warner Classics)

Crossover, yes, but don’t let that deter you from some very enjoyable music [DJB]

Farrenc: Piano Trios, Cello Sonata (Brilliant Classics)

A good introduction to the chamber music of this underrated and under-recorded composer [DJB]

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Glass: Signature (Analekta)

For the Glass waverers out there, this might be the disc that dispels doubts [DJB]

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Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (Château de Versailles)

Too strident for my liking [DJB]

Spanish Impressions – Piano Trios (Reference Recordings)

An interesting program, with good if not outstanding performances [DJB]

Humour and Classical Music: The Simpsons

by David Barker

Raff, Schreck, Jadassohn: Wind Serenades (cpo)

A delightful hour spent in the company of these three works [DJB]