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Thursday December 3rd
MusicWeb International presents its
2020 Recordings of the Year
Richard BLACKFORD (b. 1954)
Blewbury Air

Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Adrian Farmer (piano) rec. 2020
[12:06] [JQ]

Richard Blackford’s tribute to his home village is an attractive and well-imagined composition.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)

Horn Trio & other works
Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) Daniel Grimwood (piano) Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin) rec. 2019
[60:04] [LW]

A magnificent performance of the Horn Trio and two successful transcriptions.
Norman DELLO JOIO (1913-2008)
The Triumph of Saint Joan, The Trial at Rouen

Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose rec. 2017/18
[62:14 + 56:53] [PCG]

A thoroughly enjoyable and indeed inspiring experience.
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 5, Francesca da Rimini
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/Paavo Järvi rec. 2019/20
[74:00] [WH]

A very fine Tchaikovsky 5 indeed, not to be missed, especially if the coupling appeals.
20th Century Polish Chamber Music
Works by Bacewicz, Panufnik & Szymanowski
Huberman Piano Trio rec. 2019
[55:09] [GH]

Well worth investing in.
Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)
rec. 2020
SONY CLASSICAL 19439795772
[79:37] [PRB]

Potentially entertaining and modestly fulfilling if you are happy to allow Ms Buniatishvili to guide you through her philosophical maze.
Ervin Nyiregyh醶i (piano) 
 Vol. 2 rec. 1973/84 
 [72:44 + 39:02] [SG]

Pianism, for the most part, barnstorming and larger than life.
Christina 舠trand (violin) Turku Philharmonic Orchestra/Jukka Iisakkila rec. 2019
DACAPO 6.220652
[80:38] [JW]

舠trand is an idiomatic and stylish guide to Nordic music.
Beulah - A late 2020 roundup by Brian Wilson
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November 2020 Recordings of the Month
Bach - Goldbergs - Hyperion
Ben-Haim - Orchestral - Chandos
Dvoř醟 - Rusalka - Opus Arte
Handel - Messiah - Pentatone
Prokofiev - Symphonies - BIS

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AP0476 Raul Koczalski - Chamber Works 2
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AP0484-85 Fernand de la Tombelle - Organ Works 1
AP0487 Henryk Pachulski - Piano Works (and Chamber) 3

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