Jonathan Woolf

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Benoit: Heaven and Hell (Fuga Libera)

Olympian choral works of massively varying quality [JW]

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La Belle Dame (EM Records)

Largely early and apprentice works from British composers; sift with care [JW]

Eck: Violin concertos (cpo)

Soaring lyricism from Mozart’s contemporary [JW]

Adila Fachiri and Marie Soldat (violin): (Biddulph)

Fachiri, Tovey and Soldat: historic recordings freighted with significance [JW]

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Hermann: Complete Surviving Music Vol. 3 (Toccata Classics)

A fitting finale to the three-volume Hermann series; a carousel of small pleasures [JW]

Mischa Elman (violin): The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Biddulph)

An Elman discographic lacuna is put right; fine transfers too [JW]

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Stanford: Irish Song Cycles (SOMM Recordings)

Winsome, windy and windswept with the occasional folkloric moment, but Stanford on auto-pilot [JW]

Lloyd: Symphonies (Lyrita)

George Lloyd conducts his first six symphonies in Lyrita’s reissues [JW]

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Carnival Overture; Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Ebullient and powerful and the finale sweeping but not overdone, and with tremendous inner rhythm [JW]

Handel: Theodora (Alpha Classics)

A splendidly cohesive musically-rewarding example of integrated casting and performance [JW]

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Beethoven: String quartets (Biddulph)

Two late acoustics from the Léner Quartet offer opportunities for contrast with their 1930s remakes [JW]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) Bach, Brahms & Vaughan Williams (Biddulph)

Humble pie time for a reviewer [JW]

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Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Albion Records)

Another transfer of the 1938 Serenade to Music and miscellaneous songs from the 16 singers [JW]

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Annie Fischer (piano) Schumann & Schubert (ICA Classics)

Annie Fischer in Schubert and Schumann: a great pianist in the BBC studios [JW]

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Bach: Keyboard Works (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A significant series, a laudable one, and there’s no lessening in perception in this final volume [JW]

Bacewicz: Complete Orchestral Works Volume 2 (cpo)

A balanced orchestral portfolio follows Bacewicz from neo-classicism to her late style [JW]

Papandopulo: The Complete String Quartets (cpo)

Folklore and colour, rhythmic variety and classical forms along with contemporary slants [JW]

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Path to the Moon Works for cello & piano (Chandos)

Three sonatas and a raft of transcribed songs offer fruitful material for the Chandos pairing [JW]

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Howell: Orchestral Works (Signum Classics)

Excellent performances of a raft of previously unheard Dorothy Howell scores though Lamia eclipses them all [JW]

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From the Airwaves (MPR)

Lighter fare for clarinet and piano from a fine duo [JW]

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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (Danacord)

A near-complete 1930s Brandenburg Concerto cycle from Berlin and interesting additions [JW]

Pejačević: Chamber music (Brilliant Classics)

A new recording highlights the lyricism and structural strength of Pejačević’s chamber music [JW]

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Écoles de Paris – Paris pour École (EDA)

The Foreign Legion conscripted to the School of Paris with vitalising results [JW]