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September 2012

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

‘1612 ITALIAN VESPERS’ Music by Barbarino, A & G Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Palestrina and Viadana I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingworth Decca 478 3506DH

Recording of the Month ‘A thrillingly opulent special event of the sort very few early music ensembles achieve once in a career’

DAVID VICKERS’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 44

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BLOCH Schelomo, etc BRUCH Kol Nidrei Natalie Clein vc BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov Hyperion CDA67910 ‘Clein encompasses all the work’s varied character and demands, while retaining an air of polish in her playing.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 46

NIELSEN. TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concertos Vilde Frang vn Danish National Symphony Orchestra / Eivind Gullberg Jensen EMI 602570 2 ‘Before the end of the first phrase her playing has become uninhibitedly emotional.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 51

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DVOŘÁK. MENDELSSOHN. SUCKLING Chamber Works Aronowitz Ensemble Sonimage SON11202 ‘The performance of Dvo∑ák’s Piano Quintet in A is delectable…The Aronowitz players give it the most delicious lilt.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 59

‘SALTARELLO’ Garth Knox va/va d’amore Agnès Vesterman vc Sylvain Lemêtre perc ECM New Series 476 4501 ‘What bring all this music seamlessly together are the remarkable sonic possibilities offered by the combination of cello and viola or viola d’amore.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 63

RACHMANINOV Piano Works Xiayin Wang pf Chandos CHAN10724 ‘Xiayin Wang makes Rachmaninov sound greater and more indelibly Russian than ever…Such playing underlines the pity one feels for those poor puritan souls unable to appreciate such beauty.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 66

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