Nick Barnard

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Damase: Orchestral Works v2 (Dutton)

Superbly performed concertante music by a French neo-classical conservative [NB]

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Turina: Works for Strings (Naxos)

An interesting survey of Turina’s music arranged for string orchestra. A little extra glamour in the recording would have made it even more appealing [NB]

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Delius: Hassan (Chandos)

A welcome new recording of a substantial Delius score as originally conceived [NB]

Rose in Bloom – recital (Orchid Classics)

An imaginative programme, stunningly performed [NB]

Piazzolla: Buenos Aires (Naxos)

Well played if just a tad too restrained [NB]

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State Fair and the 20th Century-Fox Songbook (Dutton)

A celebration of great Hollywood musicals of the 40’s & 50’s performed with stunning style, sophistication and pizzazz [NB]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Rondeau Production)

Superb singing of a slightly undifferentiated programme [NB]

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Moravec: Orchestral Works (BMOP Sound)

Well played diverse scores receiving committed performances [NB]

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Russian Variations (Hyperion)

Well planned and brilliantly executed recital culminates in a superb set of Rachmaninov variations [NB]

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Summer Dreams – American Piano Duets (Brilliant Classics)

Intentionally slight music played with sensitivity and skill [NB]

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Guerra-Peixe: A Retirada da Laguna (Naxos)

Another excellent addition to this revelatory series – brilliant music, brilliantly played [NB]

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Dvořák: Symphonies Nos 3 & 9 (Genuin)

Well played and well recorded but interpretatively rather plain [NB]

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Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Albion Records)

An interesting concept executed with imagination and insight [NB]

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Danza Gaya: Music for Two Pianos (Lyrita)

Attractive and entertaining, but unfamiliar music, beautifully performed [NB]

Tchaikovsky & Korngold: String Sextets (Hyperion)

Two great Romantic string sextets played with the Nash Ensemble’s usual brilliance [NB]

Labor: Piano Concertos for the left hand (Capriccio)

Three conservative concertante works for the left hand in exemplary performances [NB]

Mahler: Symphony 3 (High Definition Tape Transfers)

A classic performance in a never-before-heard revelatory recording [NB]

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Lalo: Orchestral Works (Chandos)

A typical Järvi performance for good or ill [NB]

Leiviskä: Orchestral Works Volume 1 (BIS)

An auspicious first volume of orchestral music by an unfamiliar Finnish composer [NB]

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Fairy Tales (Quartz)

An eclectic programme, dynamically played if lacking complete virtuosic ease [NB]

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Don’t Forget About Me (Toccata Press)

A powerful and moving study of a potential great of Czech 20th Century music [NB]

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Bach: Organ transcriptions (Brilliant Classics)

Well-crafted transcriptions hampered by a performing style that is too often heavy and ponderous [NB]

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Mer(s) (Appassionato)

Well-played performances hampered by a claustrophobic recording [NB]

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Shostakovich: String Quartets 7-13 (Genuin)

Blazingly impressive performances given with intense virtuosity and musical insight [NB]