Gwyn Parry-Jones

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Poulenc: Stabat Mater and Litanies à la Vierge Noire (Opus Arte)

(Déjà Review) A moving, compelling document regarding some of this unique composer’s finest music [GPJ]

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Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (LSO Live)

Three superb Britten readings, including possibly the finest Spring Symphony on disc [GPJ]

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R Strauss & Hindemith: Horn Concertos (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the greatest instrumentalists of the 20th century in some of its juiciest music – it’s a disc you can’t really afford to miss [GPJ]

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Vivaldi: Music for the Chapel of the Pietà (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Exuberant and often full of élan and humour [GPJ]

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Poulenc, Duruflé & Alain: Organ Works (Apex)

An imaginatively planned programme, performed with dedication and total accomplishment [GPJ]

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amrwd (Tŷ Cerdd)

Delightful traditional numbers, performed with skill and imagination by these two fine Welsh musicians [GPJ]

Red Maple – Music for Bassoon & Strings (Bridge Records)

A collection of fine works for the unusual combination of bassoon and strings [GPJ]

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Toscanini: The 1948 Brahms Cycle Vol. 1 (Pristine Audio)

Toscanini at his best in these great live concert recordings from 1948, lovingly remastered [GPJ]

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Rebecca & Louise – Chamber Works (Alba)

Two fine chamber works given passionately committed performances by this outstanding Finnish ensemble [GPJ]

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Poulenc, Milhaud, Debussy: Music for two pianos (Orchid Classics)

Great music, wonderfully played, in perfect recording [GPJ]

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Bach & MacMillan: Motets & Sacred Songs (Signum)

Imaginative and technically stunning singing from this outstanding chamber choir [GPJ]

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Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Wonderful playing and singing, and a recording which is crystal clear and atmospheric [GPJ]

Grieg: Piano Concerto & Peer Gynt (Deutsch Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) This issue is going to be very hard to beat and it brings the bonus of the less familiar music [GPJ]

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Echoes of Bohemia: Czech Music for Wind (Chandos)

The Orsini Ensemble rises superbly to all the challenges of this colourful and attractive music [GPJ]

Elgar: Cello Concerto (Hallé)

(Déjà Review) A masterly reading of a great score … Elder draws stunning playing from the Hallé [GPJ]

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Sarah Willis (Horn) Mozart y Mambo (Alpha Classics)

A riotously enjoyable disc, the third in the amazing Sarah Willis’s series featuring Mozart Cuban-style [GPJ]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies 13-15 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Not comfortable listening but some of the greatest written in the 20th century [GPJ]

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American Choral Classics (Divine Art)

An enjoyable performance of Copland’s fine In the Beginning; otherwise of variable quality [GPJ]

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Telemann: String Concertos (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) Treat yourself to this – you’ll be very glad you did! [GPJ]

Messiaen : Organ works (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A celebration of one of the significant major bodies of music of the 20th century [GPJ]

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Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An exceptionally powerful musical and dramatic experience [GPJ]

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Atmospheriques Vol. 1 (Sono Luminus)

Dark Nordic masterpieces from this fine Icelandic orchestra [GPJ]

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Farrenc: Symphonies (Erato)

Another important step in establishing the reputation of this gifted composer [GPJ]

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Ravel: In Search of Lost Dance (CAvi-Music)

Exceptional Ravel from this brilliant multi-national trio [GPJ]