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May 2013

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

HAYDN Keyboard Concertos – HobXVIII/3; HobXVIII/4; HobXVIII/11 Marc-André Hamelin pf Les Violons du Roy / Bernard Labadie Hyperion CDA67925

Recording of the Month ‘In the early F major Concerto, Marc-André Hamelin weaves an enchanting spell, approaching an almost Mozartian pathos’

DAVID THREASHER’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 68

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BLOCH. BRIDGE. HOUGH Cello Works Steven Isserlis vc Deutsches SO / Hugh Wol f; Tapiola Sinfonietta / Gábor Takács-Nagy BIS BIS1992 ‘Isserlis’s spellbinding advocacy of Bridge’s masterpiece has acquired a plangent intensity.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 71

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LUTOSŁAWSKI ‘Orchestral Works, Vol 4’ Michael Collins cl Tasmin Little vn BBC SO / Edward Gardner Chandos CHSA5108 ‘Gardner’s recording of the First Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is easily the best-played version with the most vivid sound.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 75

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 2 Soloists; Consensus Vocalis; Netherlands SO / Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics CC72543 ‘For a fresh, immediate statement that compels one’s attention from start to finish, I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by this new release.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 77

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphonies – No 5; No 8 Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Hallé CDHLL7533 ‘The oratorical percussion-topped finale sends out mixed messages (an equivocal celebration?) and again the balance of some very varied textures is spot-on.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 82

‘TINE’ Trumpet Works Tine Thing Helseth tpt Kathryn Stott pf EMI 416471 2 ‘Sommerfeldt’s Divertimento shows Helseth’s remarkable range: she is as happy with a soulful central Larghetto as with the dancing final Allegro con brio.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 91

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