Martyn Strachan

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Hoyer: Organ Works Vols 1-3 (Ars Sonora)

A series organ shedding more light on the world of German late Romanticism [MSt]

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A Vaughan Williams Hymnal (Conifer Classics)

A beautifully performed programme of Vaughan Williams’ hymns with exemplary attention to detail [MSt]

Luca Brugnoli (treble) Rise Up (Convivium Records)

A somewhat flawed recital from a remarkable young singer with real potential [MSt]

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Pantcheff: Organ works (Prima Facie)

A generously-filled recording of organ music by an accomplished contemporary composer [MSt]

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JS Bach: Tranquillity (Divine Art)

A calming collection of Bach’s keyboard music, played with great skill and finesse [MSt]

JS Bach: Notebooks for Anna Magdalena (Hyperion)

A beautifully performed portrait of Bach’s second wife through the music which he chose for her [MSt]

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Alessandro Licata (organ) At Selby Abbey (Selby Abbey Organ Masters)

A rather disappointing inclusion in the Selby Abbey series [MSt]

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Schumann: Etudes Symphonique (ClassicVoice)

A disappointing recording of one of the masterpieces of the romantic piano repertory [MSt]

Stevenson: Piano Music Volume Six (Toccata Classics)

Another strong entrant in an excellent series of recordings from Toccata [MSt]

Moment of Eternity (Genuin)

A beautifully executed programme of solo piano music that has identity as its theme and its concealment behind masks [MSt]

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Carnival (Priory)

A balanced and unusual programme which also displays the tonal richness of an organ still little known. [MSt]

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Correspondances (Antarctica Records)

An immaculately played recital of music which draws its inspiration from symbolism [MSt]

Vivaldi: La Stravanganza (Brilliant Classics)

Delightful contemporary keyboard arrangements of some of Vivaldi’s best-known concerti [MSt]

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Grant: Miniatures (Private Release)

An interesting first disc from a promising contemporary composer [MSt]

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Widor: Organ Symphonies (Solstice)

A reissue of core French organ repertoire by a master of the tradition [MSt]

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JS Bach: Bach à Leipzig (Hortus)

An unusual and thoughtful recital of Bach’s later organ music [MSt]

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Contemporary Music for Harpsichord (Prima Facie)

A persuasive survey of music written for the twentieth-century harpsichord revival [MSt]

Viennese Reflections (Gramola)

An unusual and illuminating programme of music for the organ with connections to Vienna [MSt]

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Ruoff: Organ works Vol. 4 (Toccata Classics)

A little-known German composer who writes distinguished music for the organ with a wide variety of influences [MSt]

Bruckner: The Symphonies – Organ Transcriptions Vol. 6 (Oehms Classics)

A virtuoso player vividly brings to life a transformed orchestral masterpiece [MSt]

Fink: The Great Organ Works (Hänssler Classic)

A forgotten German composer well worth exploring [MSt]

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Couperin: Messe Pour Les Paroisses (Château de Versailles)

A significant achievement in realisation of 18th century French music [MS]

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Diagonal Music (Alba)

Played with such evident affection for the music, both contemporary and classical [MSt]

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Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Works (Private release)

An album of piano music from the Edwardian age showing elegance and craftsmanship and performed with conviction [MSt]