Our col­lec­tion of 25 fur­ther re­views has old favourites and daz­zling de­buts

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Ar­ty­omov The Way to Olym­pus USSR State Aca­demic Sym­phony Orches­tra/timur Myn­bayev, et al Di­vine Art dda 25171

Vy­ach­eslav Ar­ty­omov’s one-movement sym­phony is the at­mo­spheric cen­tre­piece of this disc – the lay­er­ing of sounds is hyp­notic and the ef­fect is pow­er­ful. (FP) ★★★★

JS Bach • Adès • Chopin

Pi­ano Works

Ash­ley Fripp (pi­ano)

Wil­lowhayne Records WHR053

The young pi­anist’s Bach sparkles with finely-wrought phras­ing and ar­tic­u­la­tion while the Adès para­phrase is an ex­cit­ing rev­e­la­tion. His Chopin breathes and dances, but the recorded sound lets him down a lit­tle. (OC) ★★★

JS Bach Or­gan Works

David Goode (or­gan)

Signum SIGCD808

Goode pow­ers ahead with his Bach se­ries on the or­gan of Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge. Vol. 8 con­tains a thrilling per­for­mance of the great ‘Wedge’ Pre­lude and Fugue, BWV 548. (OC) ★★★★★

JS Bach Vi­o­lin Con­cer­tos, etc Daniel Loza­kovich (vi­o­lin), et al DG 479 9372

The 17-year-old vi­o­lin­ist de­liv­ers a per­for­mance way be­yond his years in what is an un­com­pro­mis­ing de­but al­bum, and a ra­di­ant record­ing. (MB) ★★★★★

Bartók Vi­o­lin Con­cer­tos Ben­jamin Sch­mid (vi­o­lin), et al Gramola 99138

Sch­mid plays with an in­ten­sity and sweet­ness that il­lu­mi­nates both the darker tex­tures and lyri­cal beauty of Bartók’s two vi­o­lin con­cer­tos. Rich or­ches­tral ac­com­pa­ni­ment, too. (RF) ★★★★

Beethoven Pi­ano Sonatas, etc Rodolfo Leone (pi­ano)

Gramola 99160

If you win the

Int’l Beethoven Com­pe­ti­tion, it’s pretty much in­evitable that the great com­poser will fea­ture on your de­but disc. 2017 win­ner Leone plays with style here. (RF) ★★★★

Fauré Bar­carolles, Noc­turnes, Im­promp­tus

Jean-claude Pen­netier (pi­ano) Mi­rare MIR 356

The lat­est in­stal­ment of the French pi­anist’s Fauré se­ries is en­joy­able. If Pen­netier’s play­ing is some­times too mat­terof-fact for this beau­ti­ful mu­sic, that straight­for­ward ap­proach can also prove il­lu­mi­nat­ing. (RF) ★★★

Car­lotta Fer­rari Or­gan Works Car­son Cooman (or­gan)

Di­vine Art dda 25178

The con­cept be­hind this set of or­gan works is its best fea­ture: a set of com­po­si­tions in­spired by five women from his­tory. Cin­e­matic sound­scapes and clever in­ter­pre­ta­tions. (FP) ★★★

Robin Hol­loway Trios

Rest En­sem­ble

Sheva Con­tem­po­rary SH 208

Hol­loway paints an en­gag­ing picture with this pair of trios and a sonata; the sto­ry­book-like trio for clar­inet, vi­ola and pi­ano, is the charm­ing high­light. (MB) ★★★

Ives Pi­ano Sonata No.2 Daniel Brylewski (pi­ano) DUX DUX 1313

Ives’s pi­anis­tic trib­ute to the phi­los­o­phy of tran­scen­den­tal­ism sees him at his most sparklingl­y in­ven­tive. The sonata’s var­i­ous moods and colours are vividly re­alised by Daniel Brylewski. (JP) ★★★★ Mahler Sym­phony No. 4

Royal Con­cert­ge­bouw Orches­tra/ Daniele Gatti

RCO RCO 18004

Recorded live in Nov 2017, this is a beau­ti­fully de­tailed, sweep­ing per­for­mance. So­prano Ju­lia Kleiter is su­perb in the fi­nal movement. (OC) ★★★★

John Mcleod Pi­ano Works Mur­ray Mclach­lan (pi­ano)

Metier MSV 77207

A com­pre­hen­sive live record of five decades of Mcleod pi­ano works which Mclach­lan takes in his stride. Not with­out its chal­lenges, for both lis­tener and per­former. (MB) ★★★

John Pow­ell Choral Works Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra and Voices/ José Sere­brier, et al

5 Cat Stu­dios FCS001

A no­table com­poser of film scores, this record­ing proves Pow­ell could make him­self very at home in the con­cert hall. A Prus­sian Re­quiem is an ac­com­plished cen­tre­piece. (MB) ★★★★

Takemitsu Pi­ano Works

Lukas Huis­man (pi­ano)

Pi­ano Clas­sics PCL10147

This disc takes us from the Ja­panese com­poser’s 1948 Ro­mance to the Rain

Tree Sketch II of 1992. Lukas Huis­man is a fine Takemitsu pi­anist, play­ing with ad­mirable clar­ity. (RF) ★★★★

Wenchen Qin Or­ches­tral Works ORF Vi­enna Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra/got­tfried Rabl

Kairos KAI0015032

Featuring taped sounds of na­ture from across the world, The Na­ture’s Di­a­logue is the high­light of this at­mo­spheric, if quite de­mand­ing, disc. (JP) ★★★★

Paul and Pauline Viar­dot Six Pieces; Six Morceaux, etc Wolf­gang Manz (pi­ano), et al Naxos 8.573749

Mu­sic by mother and son Viar­dots is pro­grammed to lovely ef­fect here. There’s vir­tu­os­ity in Paul’s In­tro­duc­tion et Caprice, and lyri­cism in Pauline’s Six Morceaux. (RF) ★★★★

Tengyue Zhang Works by JS Bach, Castel­n­uovo-tes­de­sco, et al Tengyue Zhang (gui­tar)

Naxos 8.573905

This de­but recital disc fea­tures works spread over four cen­turies, some writ­ten for the gui­tar, oth­ers heard in tran­scrip­tion. Zhang is one to watch. ( JP) ★★★★

At the Heart of the 20th Cen­tury Works by Martin, Du­tilleux, et al Fabrice Ferez (oboe), et al

Claves 50-1810

French and Swiss works from 1930-56 im­bued with the angst and de­spair that de­fined the pe­riod. Pas­sion­ate solo and duo per­for­mances. (MB) ★★★

Bye-bye Ber­lin

Marion Ram­pal (vo­cals), et al Har­mo­nia Mundi HMM 902295

The se­duc­tive voice of Marion Ram­pal and an en­sem­ble of su­perb mu­si­cians present a thrilling pro­gramme of sub­ver­sive Brechtin­spired songs and mu­sic from 1920s Ger­many. (OC) ★★★★

Di­ver­sity Works by Wal­ton, et al Euro­pean Brass En­sem­ble

Gen­uin GEN 18608

A dy­namic disc, featuring works for brass en­sem­ble from 1688 to 2017. From fa­mil­iar re­gal, tra­di­tional tunes to wild jazz­in­spired world pre­mieres, the segues are seam­less and in­ge­nious. (FP) ★★★★

Elégie Rach­mani­nov, a Heart in Ex­ile

Lucy Parham (pi­ano);

Henry Good­man (nar­ra­tor)

Deux-elles DXL 1178

Nar­rated snap­shots of Rach­mani­nov’s life based on let­ters, di­aries and con­tem­po­rary ac­counts are in­ter­spersed with Parham’s soul­ful play­ing. Henry Good­man cap­ti­vates. (OC) ★★★★

Even Such Is Time

Choral Works by Finzi,

Wal­ton and How­ells, et al

Choir of Christ’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge Re­gent REGCD511

A lot of thought has gone into this pro­gramme of English choral works. Oc­ca­sion­ally the singers, es­pe­cially the tenors, sound a lit­tle stretched. (JP) ★★★

Hip­ster Zom­bies from Mars

Pi­ano Works by Ni­cholas Vines Ryan Macevoy Mccul­lough (pi­ano) Navona Records NV6173

With a ti­tle like this, it’s hard to ig­nore. In­spired by a sci­ence fic­tion novel about hu­mans colonising a red planet, the con­cept is wacky but well-de­liv­ered. (FP) ★★★

Saint Louis Clas­sics

Choral works by Vaughan Wil­liams, et al

Saint Louis Cham­ber Chorus Re­gent REGCD505

Vi­brato-heavy, full-frontal choral as­saults on com­posers from Gib­bons to the present won’t suit all tastes. Pre­miere record­ing of Chilcott’s Sil­ver Swan is wel­come. ( JP) ★★

With Love From Rus­sia Works by Borodin, Glinka, et al

Hans Ei­j­sack­ers, Henk Neven, et al

Onyx ONYX4193

A set of 19th-cen­tury Rus­sian works ar­ranged for bari­tone, cello and pi­ano. Sen­si­tive cello play­ing through­out. The record­ing could be a lit­tle cleaner. (FP) ★★★ Michael Beek (MB), Oliver Condy (OC),

Re­becca Franks (RF), Freya Parr (FP),

Jeremy Pound (JP)

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