David McDade

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Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles (Seattle Symphony Media)

This gorgeous recording now becomes my prime recommendation [DMD]

Turnage: Shroud, Winter’s Edge (Delphian)

Turnage takes his place in the English pastoral tradition [DMD]

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Dvořák: The Complete Piano Trios (Supraphon)

If this doesn’t win every award going I will be astonished [DMD]

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Recharged by Nature. Contemporary Nordic Works (Alba)

Delightful new music to recharge even the most jaded listener [DMD]

Cordelia Williams (piano): Cascade (SOMM Recordings)

Simply wonderful piano playing [DMD]

Mompou: Música callada – ­Books 1-4 (Hyperion)

Like the cool stone of a monastery on a scorching hot Spanish summer’s afternoon [DMD]

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Bartók: Concertos (Alpha Classics)

This performance has completely revised my view of the Viola Concerto [DMD]

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Dependent Rising (Cedille)

Magnetically communicative music given electric performances [DMD]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

Wilson and Co triumph yet again [DMD]

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4 (The Cleveland Orchestra Recordings)

A mismatch between conductor and composition however well it is played [DMD]

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Adès: Alchymia (Orchid Classics)

Gorgeous, autumnal music that shows that contemporary music doesn’t bite! [DMD]

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JL Adams: Darkness and Scattered Light (Cold Blue Music)

Deep resonant scores that explore darkness, physical and spiritual [DMD]

Bruce Liu (piano): Waves (Deutsche Grammophon)

An intriguing programme with much to enjoy even if it does not quite add up [DMD]

Agata-Maria Raatz (violin, voice) Echo of Bach (Solo Musica)

A strange, uneven but enjoyable disc lit up by the violinist’s own compositions [DMD]

Rachmaninov Piano Alpha

Rachmaninov: Piano works (Alpha)

A treat for Rachmaninov enthusiasts [DMD]

Brahms: Double Concerto; Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 22; Dvořák: Silent Woods (Ondine)

A touching tribute by elite musicians to a friend and colleague [DMD]

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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Deutsche Grammophon)

I’m not sure it is possible to overhype playing as good as this [DMD]

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Liszt: Piano Works Vol. 2 (Prima Facie)

If you haven’t yet caught up with Hamilton’s Liszt then what are you waiting for? [DMD]

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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (Delphian)

Worth buying for the rich, subtle and exciting account of the famous Chaconne alone [DMD]

Infinite Voyage (Alpha Classics)

A fine send off for the Emerson Quartet at the top of their game [DMD]

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Decca)

More than justifies the hype surrounding this young violinist [DMD]

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Medtner: Complete Piano Music Vol. III

Virtuosity suffused with delicate poetry [DMD]

Shostakovich: Symphony No.14 (Chandos)

The best yet in Storgårds’s developing cycle [DMD]

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Ospald: Más Raíz, Menos Criatura (BR Klassik)

Tough music but shot through with passion and humanity [DMD]