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Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerti (Philips)

(Déjà Review) Will irritate as many as it will thrill [TH]

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Juilliard String Quartet: Great Collaborations Vol. 5 (Sony Classical)

An anthology of classic, highly varied recordings spanning over a quarter of a century from major music-makers [RMo]

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Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

A pleasant compilation but better recordings of almost every work here may be found elsewhere [RMo]

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Verdi: Messa da Requiem (RCA)

A great soprano soloist and a fine choir and orchestra, very well directed, still cannot save this account from mediocrity [RMo]

Dvořák: Symphonies 8 & 9 (Philips)

(Déjà Review) Fischer and his colleagues enter a very competitive field and offer extremely fine versions of both symphonies which must now be counted among the best available [JQ]

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Villa-Lobos: Chôros 1-7 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) Close your eyes and conjure your own veranda [RB]

Beethoven: Symphony No.3 & Overtures (DG)

A disc of distinguished Beethoven performances [JQ]

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Ataúlfo Argenta (conductor) (Decca)

Two LPs’ worth of Argenta’s legendary performances in classic Decca sound [PSe]

Dvořák: Symphony No 9, Serenade for Strings (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Anyone who is more interested in genuine music-making rather than state-of–the-art sound will not be disappointed [TH]

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Schuman: Symphony 10 (RCA)

A useful survey of Schuman’s works [SB]

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Grieg: Peer Gynt (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) A hugely enjoyable selection, and an ear-opener for those who only know the familiar suites [TH]

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A Vaughan Williams Hymnal (Conifer Classics)

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

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Piston: Symphony 6 (RCA)

Three well-chosen works by this fine American composer [SB]

Copland: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

An all-sorts mixture including some very moving recordings from six decades ago [RB]

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Ives: Symphony 3, Three Places in New England (RCA)

A satisfying recital that is strong on earnest and shining integrity [RB]

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Holst: The Planets (RCA)

A typically virtuosic recording from a great American partnership [RMo]

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Bruckner: Symphony 3 (RCA)

As fine a performance of the 1889 version of Bruckner’s Third Symphony as you could wish from a great partnership [RMo]

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Eileen Farrell (soprano) Sings Verdi (Sony Classical)

Stunning singing from a great dramatic soprano who might have done more but chose otherwise [RMo]

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Beethoven: Piano Trios (Sony Classical)

A terrific Ghost Trio, less impressive E flat major Trio [PBW]

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Truly inspired performances of masterful music [PJL]

Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerti (Sony)

One of our greatest cellists in a revelatory performance from his younger days [WH]

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Schubert: String Quintet (RCA)

A fine performance even if it does not quite displace my established favourites [RMo]

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Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano) Song Recital (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) One of the most sheerly beautiful and instantly recognisable mezzos of the last fifty years [RMo]

Bartók: Chamber Works (Decca)

A stunning CD – fantastic performances of strongly contrasting works [PBW]