Nick Barnard

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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]

Ballard: Orchestral music (Naxos)

Committed performances of works of cultural rather than musical significance [NB]

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Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 (ICA Classics)

A concert that marks the beginning of a great conductor/orchestra relationship hampered by poor sound [NB]

Bonis: Entre Soir et Matin (CAvi-music)

The considerable talent of Mel Bonis showcased in a well-planned and well-executed survey [NB]

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Delius: A Mass of Life (LAWO Classics)

The mighty Mass of Life is revealed as a genuine masterpiece in this blazing performance [NB]

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Three Orchestral Masterpieces effectively rendered in piano 4-hands versions by their composers [NB]

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Empire to Commonwealth (Ars Organi)

Underwhelming music performed with zealous commitment [NB]

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Poston: Carols and Anthems (Naxos)

Impressive rediscovery of much beautiful but unfamiliar music by a familiar composer [NB]

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Dello Joio J: Piano Concerto (Bridge Records)

Impressive performances of three diverse and serious works [NB]

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Bonis: Complete Piano Works, Vol 1 (Toccata Classics)

Well played attractive music bodes well for the developing complete survey [NB]

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The Lord’s My Shepherd (Acis)

This well-chosen programme is more interesting and varied than many similar showcase discs [NB]

Gibbs: String quartets (Convivium Records)

Dedicated performances of attractive if not ultimately compelling music [NB]

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Ritchie: Symphony 6 (Rattle)

Ritchie’s symphonic journey continues with the deeply personal and introspective Symphony No.6 [NB]

Jazz Violin Concertos (Gramola)

Crossover concerti triumphantly bridge the gap between Jazz and Classical [NB]

The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

Admirers of music for Military Band and its performing traditions will enjoy this diverse programme [NB]

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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1 (Cedille)

Superb Shostakovich coupled with a contemporary concerto that challenges convention [NB]

Warlock: Maltworms and Milkmaids (EM Records)

Exemplary performances and recording expose both the strengths and limitations of this elusive composer [NB]

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Overtures from Finland (Chandos)

Well-devised programme lacking the last degree of performance finesse [NB]