BBC Music Magazine - - Reviews -

There’s an abun­dance of great tal­ent pep­pered through­out this month’s re­viewed re­leases.

Yo-yo Ma re­veals his fi­nal record­ing of Bach’s Cello Suites and pi­anist Dénes Vár­jon ap­pears on not one but two five-star record­ings, in­clud­ing this month’s Record­ing of the Month. And the rest? Daniel Baren­boim, Steven Isserlis, Joyce Didonato… the list goes on.

And what of the com­posers? Dis­cov­er­ies for me this month in­clude Bri­tish com­poser Ruth Gipps (1921-99), who played the cor anglais in the premiere per­for­mance of her own sym­phony in 1945, and Be­hzad Abdi (b1973), the Tehran-born com­poser whose tal­ents in­clude com­pos­ing for the mod­ern opera stage. Then there’s Owain Park (b1993); might he be the youngest com­poser to take a top spot in these pages? Michael Beek Re­views Edi­tor

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