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Classical CDs Round-Up 13 | reviews, news & interviews

Classical CDs Round-Up 13

Classical CDs Round-Up 13

This month's releases, from Shostakovich's Bach to orchestrated Genesis

'I had to cut the viola d’amore, but it was awful': Janáček's Intimate Letters quartet is restored to its original instrumentation in a new recording

This month’s releases include two contrasted crossover discs, one in tribute to Armenian Orthodox church music, the other by, er, Phil Collins-era Genesis. There’s an Elgar oratorio, and a disc of choral music inspired by the untimely death of a young royal. Orchestral fireworks can be found in a recording of a well-known British work and there’s some approachable Modernism from a modern Polish master. There’s a thrilling compilation of viola concertos, and a classic recent set of Rachmaninov piano concertos reappears at a lower price. Gershwin turns up on an interesting French disc of 1920s music for piano and orchestra, and a work more often heard in a gaudy orchestral transcription is given an excellent solo piano reading by a young Welsh pianist. There’s an effervescent box of Baroque keyboard music played on piano, and a classic set of Shostakovich from the Brezhnev years reappears after a long absence. Chamber fans should check out Gidon Kremer’s latest release, and those unhappy in love should avoid revelatory readings of two of the best string quartets ever written.


Khatia Buniatishvili's first name is misspelled in Graham Rickson's review!!!

apologies for the typo - I'm onto it...

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