John France

Duruflé & Poulenc: Requiem, Lenten Motets (Hyperion)

The Choir of Trinity College Chapel gives a consoling, inspiring performance [JF]

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Poulenc: Piano Music (Piano Classics)

Chiara Cipelli responds vividly to the lyricism, wit and occasional melancholy of these diverse pieces [JF]

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Wilder: Music for piano (Albany)

Charming pieces, well stated and beautifully played [JF]

Adrift (TRPTK)

Beautiful hidden gems from the clarinet trio repertoire [JF]

Saint-Saëns: Organ music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An excellent opportunity to move beyond the familiar [JF]

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Duo Menurida: In Two Minds (Métier)

Sensuous, inventive and often fantastic improvisations [JF]

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Browne: Music from the Eton Choirbook (Gimell)

Near perfect music from the late fifteenth century sung in glorious style [JF]

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Parallels (Divine Art)

This impressive recital ‘parallels’ old and new favourites [JF]

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Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music (Albion Records)

This important historical document must be judged on its own terms [JF]

A Year at Newcastle Regent REGCD582

A Year at Newcastle (Regent)

An absorbing exploration of 20th-century church music, and a few recent compositions [JF]

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20th Century Middle European Flute Music (Dynamic)

Four 20th century composers united in their response to political extremism [JF]

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Ravel, Berkeley & Pounds (Chandos)

Three fulfilling works interconnected by pedagogical history [JF]

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The Great Organ of Aarhus Cathedral (Danacord)

Superb performances, great sound quality, brilliant documentation and rewarding programming [JF]

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Lalo: Orchestral Works (Chandos)

Played with sensitivity balanced by enthusiasm [JF]

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Sgambati: Piano Concerto (Naxos)

A heroic performance of a remarkable piano concerto [JF]

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Luminos (Métier)

Interesting exploration of less well-known clarinet and piano repertoire [JF]

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Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 (Danacord)

The performance captures all the nuances of Ravel’s pianism [JF]

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Wigmore Soloists: Chamber Works (BIS)

Committed and inspiring performances of important chamber works [JF]

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Dreams, Desires, Desolation (Divine Art)

A substantial exploration of English song [JF]

Debussy: Études (Hyperion)

Performances with technical agility and remarkable interpretative skills [JF]

Copland, Creston, Kay & Piston: Concertos & Orchestral Suites (Naxos)

Mid-20th century Americanism in works of universal appeal [JF]

Wordsworth, Wilson & McGuire: Piano Works (Heritage)

Impressive performances all around [JF]

Beethoven: Late piano sonatas (Danacord)

Moving, inspirational recordings of late masterpieces [JF]

A Child’s Christmas: Orchestral Music for Christmas (Heritage)

Enjoyable, approachable, interesting pieces [JF]