Dan Morgan

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (Harmonia Mundi)

A top-notch Turangalîla from Toronto; stellar sonics, too [DM]

Praetorius: Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) A refreshing antidote to all those unimaginative festive compilations [DM]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

A dismal coda to an otherwise admirable cycle; variable sonics, too [DM]

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Preludes for Holy Christmastide (Audite)

(Déjà Review) A first-rate collection with immensely assured playing [DM]

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Takemitsu: Spectral Canticle (BIS)

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

Nina Kotova (cello): Solo Cello (Delos)

Passionate, gutsy cello playing in a beautifully planned programme [DM]

Bach & Pärt: Works for Violin & Orchestra (Pentatone)

Spry, lively performances in bold sound [DM]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies 8-10 (Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings)

Bravo, bravo, and thrice bravo; Kirill Petrenko’s Shostakovich sweeps the board [DM]

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (Channel Classics)

Could be the recording that takes Milstein’s career out of the wings onto centre stage [DM]

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Scriabin: Orchestral (BIS)

Good, solid orchestral performances, very well recorded; the sonata is a welcome bonus [DM]

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Langgaard: Symphony 1 (Dacapo)

Very good, but not outstanding; Dausgaard’s 2007 recording remains the benchmark here [DM]