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GIULIANI Guitar Works Eduardo Fernández gtr Oehms Classics OC401 ‘Fernández delights in the simplicity and virtuosity of Giuliani’s music while bringing a vast dynamic and tonal palette to bear on its more subtle aspects of coloration.’

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HERMANN Moby Dick Danish National Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schønwandt Chandos CHSA5095 ‘This performance is full of excitement… In surround sound it is simply stunning with vivid singing and playing, all of the highest order.’

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‘IN THE BEGINNING’ Merton College Choir, Oxford / Phillips, Nicholas Delphian DCD34072 ‘This choir are fully responsive to the different styles of 16th- and 17thcentury polyphonic compositions and the rich chordal textures of 20th- and 21stcentury pieces.’

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‘LAMENTAZIONE’ Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew Virgin Classics 070907 2 ‘Leo’s Miserere (1739) is sung with the boldness, authority, lamentation and soft compassion that the composer variously demands… a masterly and valuable recording’

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DVD WAGNER Tannhäuser Royal Danish Opera Decca CATNO ‘Copenhagen’s experienced bevy positively feast on the vocal and acting opportunities offered by Holten’s Ibsenesque ground production.’

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Reissue EILEEN JOYCE The Complete Parlophone & Columbia Solo Recordings, 1933 45 APR APR7502 ‘Not for nothing was Joyce chosen to play Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto for the soundtrack of Brief Encounter.’

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Number of composers named Bach this issue – 7 Number of Tave(r)ners –2 Number of Johnsons – 1

ORCHESTRAL

Latest Liverpool Shostakovich; Concerti by Philip Glass; Stravinsky on period instruments; Gergiev’s Mariinsky Tchaikovsky on DVD

CHAMBER

Lavista’s string quartets surveyed; Purcell sonatas from Retrospect; Fauré’s complete chamber creations for piano and strings

INSTRUMENTAL

Beethoven sonatas from Gieseking; exploring Georg Böhm’s organ works; Rachmaninov and Chopin from ‘One to Watch’ pianist

VOCAL

Pinnock returns to disc with Bach; Hermann’s Moby Dick in New York and Copenhagen; Tenebrae sing Parry’s Songs of Farewell

OPERA

Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in Venice and Frankfurt; new royal opera from Copenhagen’s Royal Opera; Mozart live from the Met

BOOKS

Exploring avant-garde music in Larry Austin’s literary symposium; Stravinsky in words and pictures

REPLAY

Boxed-up collection from Steinberg’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; violinists Rabin, Suk and Temianka revived

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO…

Jed Distler explores the varied and significant discography of American pianist Paul Jacobs

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Jeremy Dibble rummages through the available recordings of Finzi’s Dies Natalis and names the recording he believes is best

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