David McDade

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]

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Dowland: Lachrimae (Challenge Classics)

A sexy Italianate take on these pieces [DMD]

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Martinaitytė: Hadal Zone (Cantaloupe)

An extraordinary voyage to the depths of the ocean and of the psyche [DMD]

Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin (Alpha Classics)

Worth hearing for the sheer beauty of Krimmel’s voice alone [DMD]

Beethoven: The Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon)

Does this cycle justify its release – the answer is an enthusiastic if qualified yes [DMD]

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Rissmann: Wonderland (LSO Live)

Witty, irreverent, lush scores aimed at the kid in all of us [DMD]

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Wagner: Orchestral Music (Beulah)

Neglected Gallic Wagner from Detroit proves a winner [DMD]

CPE Bach: Württemburg Sonatas (ECM)

Sane, wise accounts of these strange, beguiling scores [DMD]

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Beulah)

A compelling performance let down by the chorus [DMD]

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Brady: Symphony in 18 Parts (Starkland)

Makes a convincing case for the electric guitar as a classical instrument [DMD]

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CPE and JC Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonatas (Arcana)

Virtuoso playing in superb repertoire – irresistible [DMD]

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Invisible (NoMadMusic)

Women composers showing themselves more than a match for the men! [DMD]

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Hughes: String Quartets (Meridian)

Discovery of the year [DMD]

Walton: Violin Concerto, Respighi: Violin Sonata (Mirare)

Violinist Liya Petrova is the perfect advocate for these lush romantic works [DMD]

Yulianna Avdeeva (piano) Resilience (Pentatone)

A thoughtful enterprising collection brilliantly executed [DMD]