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Vaughan Williams – A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

A fine representative collection; no more rustic accents, please [JW]

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Ravel, Berkeley & Pounds (Chandos)

A crisp interpretation of Ravel’s reverie that highlights its sui generis brilliance against his Boulangerist successors [NC]

Barchet: Chamber Works (Hänssler Classic)

(Déjà Review) Full marks to Hänssler for giving enduring life to this most attractive and expert craftsman [JW]

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Vaughan Williams: A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

Lovers of English song should not hesitate: acquire this disc and gatecrash Uncle Ralph’s musical party [JQ]

Ruby Hughes (soprano): End of My Days (BIS)

An outstanding recital; elegantly conceived, ideally recorded and beautifully performed [RHa]

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Sandrine Piau (soprano) Reflet (Alpha Classics)

An attractive programme of French orchestral songs that will provide much enjoyment, but there are better versions of the well-known songs [PT]

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Ravel, Berkeley & Pounds (Chandos)

Once again Impeccable music making from John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London [PRJ]

Sofya Melikyan (piano): Présence lointaine (Rubicon)

An attractive homage to influential Catalan pianist Ricardo Viñes [MC]

Hues and Shades (recital) (Orchid Classics)

A sophisticated delight, full of subtle musicianship and expertly recorded [GPu]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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Ravel, Berkeley & Pounds (Chandos)

Three fulfilling works interconnected by pedagogical history [JF]

Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 (Danacord)

The main works are ill-served by eccentric tempi and phrasing [RWe]

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Water three ways with piano four-hands – superb! [DC]

Na’ama Goldman (mezzo-soprano): Legata (Solo Musica)

A fascinating new voice in a programme tied to her cultural heritage but with universal appeal [GF]

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Belcea Quartet – Debussy, Dutilleux and Ravel (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) This disc represents the flowering of talent of an ensemble that, if they continue on their present well-chosen path, will achieve great things [CC]

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Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 (Danacord)

The performance captures all the nuances of Ravel’s pianism [JF]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

A wonderfully refined and also exciting new version [SB]

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

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

Wilson and Co triumph yet again [DMD]

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Magdalena Kožená – Folk Songs (Pentatone)

A real Winner! [MP]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) Recital at USC 1957 (Biddulph)

Late Szigeti: time to flog a dead horse [JW]

Bruce Liu (piano): Waves (Deutsche Grammophon)

An intriguing programme with much to enjoy even if it does not quite add up [DMD]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

An enthusiastic welcome for a newly edited score of Ravel’s balletic masterpiece [PCG]

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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2002 (Danacord)

A number of works catch the ear [JW]