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Classical CDs Round-Up 16 | reviews, news & interviews

Classical CDs Round-Up 16

Classical CDs Round-Up 16

From period-instrument Mahler to Psycho, this month's releases sifted

Geneviève Laurenceau plays Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 in our CD of the Month

This month’s selection includes historical recordings by a neglected violinist and interesting interpretations of Brahms and Mahler. A notorious choral blockbuster works its insidious magic, and Australia’s best-known classical musician takes on Kipling. Two young pianists shine in very different repertoire, and orchestral fireworks are provided by a provincial French orchestra. Can a respected British conductor cast new light upon a staple of 20th-century British music? And what does one of the world’s scariest film scores sound like played by four people? Spiritual sustenance is provided by a life-enhancing DVD and a new issue of music from Estonia’s best-known Minimalist.

It’s not the gates of heaven opening before the slow movement’s close, but the unzipping of a tent flap

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