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April 2012

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

RAUTAVAARA Cello Concerto No 2, ‘Towards the Horizon’. Modi icata. Percussion Concerto, ‘Incantations’ Colin Currie perc Truls Mørk vc Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds Ondine ODE1178 2

Recording of the Month ‘Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic give exemplary support in the big-boned textures of both concertos but also shine on their own’

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GUBAIDULINA Seven Words. In croce. Kadenza. Et exspecto Iñaki Alberdi bayan Asier Polo vc Basque National Orchestra / José Ramón Encinar Etcetera KTC1433 ‘Music of strong and even painful intensity, seizing and gripping the attention…a compelling work’

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LISZT . TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Works Sergio Tiempo pf Svizzera Italiana Orch / Ion Marin, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky Avanti Classic AVANTI10382 ‘It is no exaggeration to say that he may well be the most dazzling and spontaneous pianist of his generation’

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LUTOSŁAWSKI Orchestral Works, Vol 2 Louis Lortie pf BBC SO / Edward Gardner Chandos CHSA5098 ‘ Plaudits, too, for Gardner’s conception of the riveting Fourth Symphony, which has both infectious involvement and considerable expressive ardour to commend it’

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RUDERS Music of Poul Ruders, Vol 7 Soloists; Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen; Odense Symphony Orchestra / Minczuk Bridge BRIDGE9375 ‘At any rate, I do not expect to come across another disc of contemporary music as richly rewarding as this one in a hurry.’

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TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 5 Toulouse Capitole Orchestra / Sokhiev Naive V5252 ‘This is a recording which sounds composed in the playing of it, which feels organic, and which probably owes a lot to the tutorage of the great Ilya Musin who nurtured Sokhiev.’

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