Leslie Wright

Nielsen: Flute Concerto, Symphony No. 3 (Chandos)

Vibrant performances of Nielsen’s masterpieces, but the competition is formidable [LW]

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Naxos)

Some good performances do little to redeem this drab, even absurd production of Meistersinger [LW]

Price & Sowerby: String Quartets (Naxos)

A fine sampling of Florence Price’s music for string quartet [LW]

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Take 3 (Alpha Classics)

Uproarious music-making, not to be taken too seriously [LW]

Piotr Anderszewski (piano): Janáček, Szymanowski & Bartók (Warner Classics)

Anderszewski impressively realizes the character of these folk-inspired pieces [LW]

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Strauss: Horn & Oboe Concertos (Orchid Classics)

Fine performances for the most part, but the documentation is problematic [LW]

Korngold, Coll & Brahms: Piano Trios (Rubicon)

Trio Isimsiz leave a positive impression [LW]

The King’s Singers (ensemble): Wonderland (Signum Classics)

Challenging works commissioned and inimitably performed by the King’s Singers [LW]

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In Memoriam Lars Vogt: Brahms, Viotti & Dvořák (Ondine)

The Tetzlaffs’ tribute to the late Lars Vogt leaves a mixed impression [LW]

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Kodály: Háry János Suite, Symphony (Naxos)

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic continue to shine in Kodály [LW]

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Infinite Voyage (Alpha Classics)

Emerson Quartet’s farewell recording is rather special [LW]

Auerbach: Milking Darkness (Challenge Classics)

Delta Piano Trio continue to excel in Auerbach’s music [LW]

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Bartók: Concertos (Alpha Classics)

Characterful performances of familiar Bartók in a stunning vibrant recording [LW]

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (Unitel Edition)

Powerful performances, but spare and drab staging [LW]

Janáček & Haas: String Quartets (BIS)

Terrific performances by the Escher Quartet in spectacular sound [LW]

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Rautavaara & Martinů: Piano Concertos (BIS)

An unusual coupling of concertos in outstanding performances and sound [LW]

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Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles (Hyperion)

A thrilling account [LW]

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Nielsen: Violin Concerto & Symphony 4 (Chandos)

Invigorating accounts [LW]

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Auerbach: 24 Preludes (Naxos)

A Danish Duo do justice to Auerbach’s Preludes for violin and piano [LW]

Slavic Rhapsody (Brilliant Classics)

This programme of Czech music for strings gives much pleasure [LW]

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The Wild Sound of the 20s – 1923 (BR Klassik)

A good example of 1920s music in outstanding performances, let down by lack of texts [LW]

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Schubert: Mass (Hänssler Classic)

Bernius does not disappoint in one of Schubert’s most memorable, songful masterpieces [LW]

Brahms, Ligeti & Sierra: Horn Trios (IBS Classical)

Two old horn trios and one new – terrific performances and a flawless programme [LW]

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Scriabin: Symphony 2 (Naxos)

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic have the measure of Scriabin [LW]