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July 2013

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

DVOŘÁK Stabat mater, Op 58 B71 Ilse Eerens sop Michaela Selinger mez Maximilian Schmitt ten Florian Boesch bass Collegium Vocale, Ghent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic / Philippe Herreweghe PHI LPH009

Recording of the Month ‘All of Herreweghe’s performers clearly love this ravishing music, relishing every detail of this beautifully nuanced score’

READ MALCOLM RILEY’S REVIEW ON PAGE 50

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BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto; Archduke Trio Storioni Trio; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics CC72579 ‘The striking feature, first of all, is the power, incisiveness and sense of purpose that de Vriend inspires in the orchestra.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 52

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HOLMBOE ‘Concertos’ Erik Heide vn Lars Anders Tomter va Norrköping Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk Dacapo 6 220599 ‘That this is one of the finest viola concertos ever penned I have not the slightest doubt, and it is thrown off with dazzling virtuosity.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 57

BEETHOVEN. SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartets Valentin Berlinsky Quartet Avie AV2273 ‘The Berlinskys manage to make distinct the vastly contrasting characters of both composers without detracting from either.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 64

BOWEN Works for Violin and Piano Chloë Hanslip vn Danny Driver pf Hyperion CDA67991/2 ‘I was particularly smitten with the 1917 diptych of Serenade and Valse harmonique, the latter a captivating morsel of exquisite grace and capricious charm.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 65

SCHNITTKE String Trio; Piano Quartet; Piano Quintet Molinari Quartet; Marcin Swoboda va Louise Bessette pf ATMA Classique ACD2 2669 ‘That any group could play this music better than the Montreal-based Molinari Quartet is inconceivable.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 67

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