Saint-Saëns: Organ music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An excellent opportunity to move beyond the familiar [JF]

Quatuor Kandinsky: French Piano Quartets (Erato)

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

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The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

A timely and enjoyable celebration of music for royal occasions [WH]

Hues and Shades (recital) (Orchid Classics)

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

Saint-Saëns, Glazunov: Violin Concerti  (Challenge Classics)

Virtuosic but not exceptional performances of a pair of Romantic concertos [NH]

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Shura Cherkassky (piano): The Complete 78-rpm Recordings 1923-1950 (APR)

An opportunity to savour Cherkassy’s seductive magic [SG]

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Aux étoiles – French Symphonic Poems (Bru Zane)

A compact survey of favourites and unknowns beautifully presented and adroitly performed [JW]

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

A number of works catch the ear [JW]

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The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

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

Estrellita (Orchid Classics)

The album works equally well for close listening and as agreeable background music late at night [GF]

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Saint-Saëns: Chamber Works (Apex)

(Déjà Review) Simply wonderful chamber works superbly performed [MC]

Thomas Trotter (organ): Symphony Hall Sorcery (Regent)

Thomas Trotter’s technique and irrepressible enthusiasm shine in every bar [JF]

Saint-Saens: Transcriptions for Piano (Piano 21)

Familiar and successful … yet unfamiliar in these versions [RB]

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Jack Liebeck (violin) Violin Sonatas (Quartz)

(Déjà Review) Brilliant performances – recommended without a moment’s hesitation [KS]

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Sabine Meyer (clarinet) French Works (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding achievement [MC]

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Saint-Saëns: Chamber Music (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A wonderfully presented release that is clearly one of my records of the year [MC]

Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonatas (BIS)

Very attractive music beautifully played and caught in ideally sympathetic sound [NB]

Sharon Bezaly (flute): Synergy (BIS)

Pleasing and moving, played with soulful and technical virtuosity [RB]

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Saint-Saëns: Dances & Ballet (Naxos)

A disc primarily for admirers of Saint-Saëns and 19th century ballet [RMay]

Musique lyrique pour cor et piano (Danacord)

A rewarding exploration of a variety of virtuosic works – technical wizardry and sheer lyricism [JF]

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Sharon Bezaly (flute) Synergy (BIS)

Creative programming; superior renditions [ZT]

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Works and Transcriptions (Piano 21)

Saint-Saëns heard in a new way in a vivid and creative programme [RCh]