William Hedley

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, Symphony No. 40; Schumann: Piano Concerto (C Major)

A beautifully filmed concert with a surprising programme [WH]

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Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Much of its freshness of character comes from the fact that so many young people are involved [WH]

Brahms Choral and Songs IBS132023

Brahms: Orchestral & Vocal Works (IBS Classical)

Fine Brahms choral music from an unexpected source [WH]

The-Monarchs Music Collis Smith CRD 3545 barnardbarnard

The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

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

Puccini: Tosca (Unitel Edition)

The staging will divide opinion, but watch, listen, and let the performers convince you [WH]

Müller-Hartmann: Chamber music (Chandos)

An interesting byway of twentieth-century music [WH]

Chilcott: Christmas Oratorio (Delphian)

Immediately attractive music for the festive season [WH]

Penderecki: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

A beautiful, approachable vocal symphony coupled with two concertante works [WH]

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Our Indifferent Century (Delphian)

A fascinating programme, four works in search of a theme [WH]

Shostakovich Symph 14 Storgards Chandos CHSA5310

Shostakovich: Symphony 14 (Chandos)

The programme is sombre but the performances are superlative [WH]

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Glass & Bjerkestrand: Violin Concertos (lawo)

Fascinating music, fine performances and recording, poor presentation [WH]

VW Tavener MacMillan Hyperion CDA68420

Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Tavener: Choral Works (Hyperion)

Splendid Vaughan Williams, and the other works are not to be missed on any account [WH]

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Janáček & Haas: String quartets (BIS)

At the very top of the list for these masterpieces [WH]

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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (tenor) Unveiled (Delphian)

A themed recital with three first recordings [WH]

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Fine historical performances indispensable to any Britten collection [WH]

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Puccini: Turandot (Pristine Audio)

Not an ‘icon’ perhaps, but unmissable for admirers of Callas and Puccini [WH]

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6 & 15 (LSO Live)

A slightly tame 6th coupled with a magnificent 15th [WH]

McDowall requiem SIGCD749

McDowall: Da Vinci Requiem (Signum Classics)

A prominent composer of vocal and choral music represented by performances of two fine, serious works [WH]

Polish Concerti Vol1 DUX 1958

Polish Concerti Vol. 1 (Dux)

An unusual and deeply satisfying disc – give it a try [WH]

Magnificat 3 (Signum Classics)

Outstanding performances of a varied and satisfying programme in superb sound [WH]

Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerti (Sony)

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

Schubert Lieder Watts Vignoles RCA 88697329322

Schubert: Lieder (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A fine young singer and a master accompanist [WH]

Netzel, Sandström, Tarrodi: Piano Concerti (BIS)

A master pianist in music written for (and by) him – a voyage of discovery [WH]

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Dodgson: Songs Vol. 1 (SOMM Recordings)

An enticing introduction to a fine composer’s songs [WH]