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Rob Barnett

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English Piano Quartets (Meridian)

(Déjà Review) A classic and generous collection of rare English chamber music [RB]

Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) The strongest recommendation [RB]

Chavez: Complete Symphonies (Vox)

(Déjà Review) An impressive clutch of serious and vigorously-driven symphonies from Mexico resoundingly recorded [RB]

Sibelius: Rondo of the Waves (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Exalted performance values and rare vintage Sibelius [RB]

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Dello Joio, Creston & Bloch (Centaur)

Likely to win new friends for all three composers [RB]

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Bax: Tone Poems (Chandos)

An essential acquisition for all Baxians [RB]

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Steinberg: Symphony No 2 & Variations for Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Torrid Slavonic performances of both the graceful Variations and the gloomily brilliant Symphony [RB]

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Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos 1-3 (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) A burnished classic of the gramophone [RB]

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A Malcolm Arnold Musical Companion (Malcolm Arnold Society)

A companion to hold your hand through the works of an utter professional [RB]

Jongen: Cello Concerto & Impressions d’Ardennes (Cyprès)

(Déjà Review) Cyprès have done a sterling job kicking over the predictable traces [RB]

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Marx: Natur-Trilogie (ASV)

An impressionistic voice soaked in the quintessence of lyrical expression [RB]

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Wallen: The Girl in My Alphabet (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Wallen is a brashly creative, open-minded composer striding with confident abandon from jazz, to Tippett, to spirituals, to Schoenberg, to Mediterranean mystery [RB]

Scharwenka: Complete Chamber Music (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Highly attractive romantic music caught in the web of ley lines between Schumann and early Fauré [RB]

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Full Fathom Five (Danacord)

Altogether a pleasurable experience [RB]

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Bax: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) You must hear this! One of 2001’s top ten classical discs. Roll on the Naxos/Maggini Third Quartet – a work of symphonic impact and scale [RB]

Benjamin: Symphony, Cotilion, North American Square Dance Suite  (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) Benjamin’s light and serious sides generously represented in vivid performances and with recording to match [RB]

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Myaskovsky: Complete Symphonic Works (Olympia/Alto)

(Déjà Review) A major stride forward in the Myaskovsky revival. Strong and broadly expressed interpretations mostly in modern digital recordings [RB]

Quatuor Kandinsky: French Piano Quartets (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A sultry recording of surgingly romantic music given the hot-blooded approach [RB]

Diamond: String Quartets – Vol. 2 (Albany)

(Déjà Review) Scorchingly committed performances and recording of these monuments of twentieth century music-making [RB]

Migot: Complete Works for Guitar (Brilliant Classics)

Little known Migot given a chance to breathe again … a Fauré-like lambency and warmth [RB]

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Szabó: Complete solo piano works (Brilliant Classics)

A scarcely known composer is permitted an eloquent and at times disconcerting calling-card [RB]

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Palimpsest: New Works from Old for Saxophone and Choir (Signum Classics)

Provocative and substantial listening fare. No dearth of grace or awe [RB]

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T Kirchner: Piano Music (Blue Griffin)

A valiant investment in Kirchner’s civilised music … very much of the Germanic romantic 19th century [RB]

A Romberg: Das Lied von der Glocke (Hänssler Classic)

A most joyously agreeable introduction to Romberg and his inspirations [RB]