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Hubert Culot

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20th Century Works for Flute and Orchestra (Centaur)

(Déjà Review) A delightful anthology … tunefulness and brevity [HC]

Auric: Beauty and the Beast (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A most desirable release recommended to film buffs and anyone with interest in 20th Century French music [HC]

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Meulemans: Orchestral Works (Phaedra)

Well-crafted and superbly scored works in which Meulemans’ orchestral flair and mastery are clearly displayed [HC]

Luxembourg Contemporary Music 3 (Naxos)

Little-known music, well worth hearing; Kontz’s and Dartevelle’s works stand out [HC]

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Kabeláč: Complete Chamber Music (Capriccio)

An important set from a composer who had much to say, and said it without any compromise [HC]

Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations (Ondine)

A fine survey of Tarkiainen’s recent work, and a great introduction to her attractive sound world [HC]

Bainton & Clifford: Orchestral Music Vol. 2 (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Committed readings of unjustly neglected works from the forgotten byways of the British Musical Renaissance [HC]

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Clarke: Works for Viola and Piano (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A  splendid release in every respect [HC]

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Salsa Nueva (SOMM Recordings)

The best thing to do with a disc such as this is to sit down, relax and enjoy [HC]

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Rózsa: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) A real winner and warmly recommended with the secret hope that ASV will next turn to the String Trio and Piano Quintet [HC]

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Lindberg: Cello Concerto (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) These dedicated performances by artists enjoying a long association with Lindberg’s music cannot be bettered, and are superbly recorded [HC]

Canat de Chizy: Chamber music (Aeon)

(Déjà Review) Robust, joyfully dancing music-making of great energy and very often great beauty [HC]

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Wennäkoski: Zeng (Alba)

A fine survey of Wennäkoski’s chamber music in good performances and recording [HC]

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Magnard & Fauré: String Quartets (Aeon)

(Déjà Review) Substantial works in immaculate performances [HC]

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Pickard: Mass in Troubled Times (BIS)

A lesser-known facet of Pickard’s output, with a viscerally thrilling performance of the Mass [HC]

Jarrell: Orchestral Works (BIS)

Gripping, inventive, often beautiful music in superb performance and recording [HC]

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Escher: Chamber Music (Et’cetera)

A fine survey in committed performances; a good introduction to a superbly crafted and often beautiful oeuvre [HC]

Tabakova: Orpheus’ Comet, Earth Suite & Concertos (Hallé)

The portrait of a fine composer – two concerti and recent orchestral music, all quite beautiful [HC]

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Thomas Demenga (cello) Bach, Hosokawa & Yun (ECM)

The contemporary pieces featured here would have been unthinkable without Bach’s innovative thinking [HC]

Cabus: Piano music (Etcetera)

A most welcome survey of Peter Cabus’s piano music, finely performed and recorded [HC]

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Turnage: Music to Hear (Black Box)

(Déjà Review) Turnage’s chamber music has a restrained confessional tone far from Turnage’s “public” statements. His chamber music communicates directly through simplicity, subtlety and sincerity. Highly accessible and communicative music [GF]

Oratio – 20th Century Sacred Works (Guild)

(Déjà Review) Much fine music here and wonderful singing by all concerned [HC]

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Pohjola: String Quartets Nos 5-7 (Alba)

Three substantial string quartets in committed performances and a fine recording [HC]

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Gurney: Songs (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Agnew is an eloquent exponent of these bitter-sweet, nostalgic and elegiac songs [HC]