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January 2012

Informed by our unrivalled panel of critics, we choose the month’s must-hear recordings hoice

LISZT Lieder Diana Damrau sop Helmut Deutsch pf Virgin Classics 070928 2

Recording of the Month ‘Liszt’s songs demand operatic glamour. With her diamantine tone, dramatic flair and free-soaring top notes, Diana Damrau provides it in spades’

FOR THE REVIEW BY RICHARD WIGMORE, TURN TO PAGE 40

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BEETHOVEN Complete works for piano and orchestra Orchestra of Opera North / Shelley pf Chandos CHAN10695 ‘This is a major new cycle, an important addition not only to the catalogue but also to Howard Shelley’s exceptionally fine discography.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 43

FALLA Noches en los jardines de España, etc Perianes pf BBC SO / Pons Harmonia Mundi HMC90 2099 ‘This is a disc to lift the spirits. Whether the music is sultry, strenuous or sunny, Perianes plays with an infallible ear for style, atmosphere and colour.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 45

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LISZT Piano Concertos Barenboim pf Staatskapelle Berlin / Boulez DG 477 9521 ‘Time and again Barenboim shines a wholly personal light on music that has all too often encouraged a facile alternative to quality.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 46

GRIEG. LISZT Piano Concertos Hough pf Bergen PO / Litton Hyperion CDA67824 ‘Introspective one minute, of the most refined bravura the next, Hough expresses a personality all his own, brilliantly alert to mercurial changes of mood.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 46

DOHNANYI. PENDERECKI Sextets Ensemble Kheops Fuga Libera FUG585 ‘As for the Ensemble Kheops, no praise could be too high: unbelievably, they sound as if they were born to play both works …Crystal-clear recorded sound’

REVIEW ON PAGE 54

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