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Classical Music CDs Round-Up 12 | reviews, news & interviews

Classical Music CDs Round-Up 12

Classical Music CDs Round-Up 12

This month's recordings sifted and sorted

Angela Hewitt plays Bach: 'Enjoyable, exciting, passionate and very moving'
This month’s selection includes a rare recording of a Danish masterpiece and a glorious late-Romantic Austrian symphony. There’s a thrilling set of Bartók piano concertos and music composed by Dvořák’s son-in-law. Going back further in time, we’ve two Mozart releases, one blowing the cobwebs from an operatic masterpiece, the other a period instrument version of a very dark symphony. There’s a vintage live recording of Verdi’s Requiem and a stunning box set of Bach’s keyboard music played on piano by a Canadian pianist who’s not Glenn Gould. Two scintillating live recordings from London’s Wigmore Hall deserve a hearing, along with more contemporary offerings from Jonathan Dove and Arvo Pärt.
The quiet bits are almost imperceptible, so you crank up the volume and then get poleaxed by a tutti passage of seismic power

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