Rob Barnett

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]

Ugoletti: Three Concertos (Brilliant Classics)

Vividly emotional, verging on the cinematic … always moving and often telling [RB]

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Górecki M P: Orchestral Music (CD Accord)

Polish orchestral music that steps forward purposefully and beguilingly [RB]

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Bentzon: Symphonies 5 & 7 (Dacapo)

(Déjà Review) These symphonies are examples of Bentzon’s metamorphic style in which the voices of Bartok, Simpson and Shostakovich nudge and jostle [RB]

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Braga Santos: Symphony 2 (Marco Polo)

(Déjà Review) A natural next step for anyone who loves Vaughan Williams, Rózsa or Moeran [RB]

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Vaughan Williams: Music for Christmas (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Beautifully sensitive performances atmospherically recorded [RB]

Britten & Veale: Violin Concertos (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) A gorgeous disc that will have you reassessing the Britten and embracing the Veale concerto [RB]

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Danish Piano Concertos Vol 3 (Danacord)

(Déjà Review) Three memorable Danish romantic piano concertos [RB]

Goossens: Chamber music for flute (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) A consummately successful collection [RB]

Bjorling Til Havs Swedish Society SCD1100

Jussi Björling (tenor) Til Havs (Swedish Society Discofil)

(Déjà Review) A treasure snatched from last minute oblivion and a memorable memento of a great voice and personality [RB]

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Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Marco Polo)

(Déjà Review) A thorough restoration performed with ‘great-hearted’ elan and thumpingly well recorded [RB]

Doráti: Orchestral Works (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Two harmonically astringent potently imaginative works coupled with a bright and light-on-the-toes serenade [RB]

Leningrad String Quartets (Northern Flowers)

Four largely unknown Leningrad quartets in committed performances [RB]

Banschikov Piano Sonata Northern Flowers NFPMA99155

Banschikov: Sonatas for Piano, Flute & Bayan (Northern Flowers)

Fierce, angular melancholia, deliberate clarity and a turned-inwards icy-acid virtuosity [RB]

Grechaninov: Symphony No.3 (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) The strongest of the Grechaninov CDs from Chandos – the cantata is a work of the greatest virtue [RB]

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Hovhaness: Mountain Fantasies (MSR Classics)

Rites of mountainous meditation here played and recorded with eloquent muscularity [RB]

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Villa-Lobos: Chôros 1-7 (ASV)

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


N Berg: Song of Songs & Symphony No 4 (Phono Suecia)

(Déjà Review) A warming chance to sample the music of Berg the Swedish romantic [RB]

Tučapský: Concertos (SOMM Recordings)

(Déjà Review) The sort of disc which makes reviewing ‘peripheral’ repertoire a joy [RB]