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Friday November 20th

Mili BALAKIREV (1837-1910)

Complete Piano Works Vol. 6
Nicholas Walker (piano) rec. 2019
[80:04] [RCh]

Wonderful conclusion to this fascinating series.
Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
A Ceremony of Carols

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Graham Ross rec. 2019
[74:58] [JQ]

Another excellent example of the work of The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and Graham Ross.
Wiktor ŁABUŃSKI (1895-1974)
Complete Piano Works
Sławomir Dobrzański, Magdalena Prejsnar (piano) rec. 2019
[67:47] [DC]

A forgotten musician who had plenty to say as a composer.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Steve Davislim (tenor) Anthony Romaniuk (piano) rec. 2007
[79:46] [GF]

A valuable addition to the discography, and one that I will return to with pleasure.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
The Seasons
Boris Bloch (piano) rec. 2018
[80:05] [MG]

Boris Bloch’s knockout performance shows Tchaikovsky’s solo piano music to be emphatically more than just for the drawing room.
Concerti per Organo
Works by CPE & JS Bach & Handel
Lucas P鰄le (organ) Dresdner Barock O/Margret Baumgartl, Lucas P鰄le rec. 2019
[78:29] [JV]

I have nothing but praise for these performances by Lucas P鰄le.
Flemish Radio Ch/Bo Holten rec. 2010
 [63:47] [MR]

Musical gloom and despondency in largely indifferent performances which are not in any way alleviated by obtrusive engineering.

Heaven full of Stars
Martin Ford (organ) Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse rec. 2019 
NAXOS 8.574179
 [81:33] [GPJ]

A deeply enjoyable disc of modern choral music, performed superbly by the Vasari Singers.
The Organ of St Bartholomew’s Orford
Catherine Ennis (organ) rec. 2020
PRCD1235 [78:38] [JF]

A well-constructed programme.
Andr鑣 Segovia and his Contemporaries Vol. 13
rec. 1927-30
[75:43] [JW]

It’s well worth listening through the audio defects to the individual, colourful and sometimes idiosyncratic performances.

Elgar’s Sea Pictures - a survey by Ralph Moore

Lloyd's Symphony 7 - a musical analysis by Karim Elmahmoudi

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Hyperion at 40 by Brian Wilson

Luigi Cherubini - a biography by Glyn Pursglove

Robert Layton Recalled by Rob Barnett

Chausson’s Po鑝e de l’amour et de la mer - a survey by Ralph Moore

Pianist Duncan Honeybourne in conversation with Robert Beattie

Introducing the music of Ian King by John Quinn


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