Jonathan Woolf

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Mendelssohn: Elijah (Divine Art)

(Déjà Review) And above all else, above even Baillie, you’ll have a double dose of Williams, a magnificent colossus of an Elijah [JW]

Handel: Trio Sonatas op. 5 (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Intoxicating, sometimes quixotic, but always entertaining [JW]

British String Miniatures Vol 1 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) Lithe and insightful traversals [JW]

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The Spohr Collection Vol. 3 (Channel Classics)

A delightful selection of flute works played on a variety of original instruments [JW]

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Constantinescu: Piano Concerto & Wedding in the Carpathians (Hänssler Classic)

The post-Enescu Romanian generation is exemplified by the colourful Paul Constantinescu [JW]

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Villa Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 4 (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) Colourful, saturated, brittle, heavily rhythmic, laced with ostinato and swooning strings [JW]

Coates: Orchestral Works Volume 4 (Chandos)

The leading contemporary champion of Eric Coates continues to impress [JW]

Ginastera: Orchestral music (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) Saturated in swaying delicacy: lyricism with a capital L, voluptuous and unmistakable [JW]

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano): Czech Songs (Pentatone)

An inventive orchestral song recital, the orchestrations of some of which may provoke unease [JW]

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Isolde Menges (violin) (Biddulph)

A great artist’s important legacy restored, including first recordings of Beethoven, Bach and Vaughan Williams [JW]

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Philippe Gaubert (conductor) Rimsky-Korsakov & Dukas (Forgotten Records)

An early electrically recorded Scheherazade from a distinctive Parisian orchestra and conductor [JW]

Manziarly: Chamber Works (BIS)

The troubling art of a pupil of Nadia Boulanger [JW]

René Benedetti (violin): In Concert (Biddulph)

Suave, stylish, scintillating and virtuosic; René Benedetti in his prime [JW]

Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets (Cedille)

(Déjà Review) A suitably warm and wonderfully detailed recording matches insight, imagination and colouristic sensibility [JW]

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Braunstein: Abbey Road Concerto (Alpha Classics)

The Beatles rub shoulders with Delius and RVW’S The Lark [JW]

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Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (conductor): Orchestral Anthology Vol 1 (Forgotten Records)

Schmidt-Isserstedt on light duties, pre-war, in an overture sequence [JW]

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Ernst Viebig (conductor) 1933: Les chefs proscrits (Forgotten Records)

A lesser light in German conducting flourishes in light overtures and waltzes in Weimar Berlin [JW]

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Recording British Music (Vocalion Books)

The immense contribution to British Music made by a ‘librarian-hobbyist’ [JW]

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Wilhelm Grosz (conductor) 1933: Les Chefs proscrits (Forgotten Records)

The protean but short-lived Wilhelm Grosz in popular fare from Weimar Berlin [JW]

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Music for Flute by Women Composers (Dutton)

The flute is the focus in an album of works by British women composers [JW]

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Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy v22 (Danacord)

Discography expansion in the work of Thomas Jensen [JW]

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Mozart: Piano Concertos (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) Excellent retrieval work from Bridge, whose commitment to Balsam has been of long standing and great worth [JW]

Cherubini Quartet: The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

The Cherubini Quartet’s favourite and less well-remembered recordings [JW]

Lloyd: Piano Concertos (Lyrita)

Communicative and lyrical piano concertos reissued in the ‘Signature Edition’ [JW]