Reis­sues Re­viewed by Claire Jack­son

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JS Bach Con­cer­tos Nos 1-6

Alto ALC 1605 (1986-7) 101:17 mins (2 discs)

The English Cham­ber Or­ches­tra’s lively and charm­ing Bran­den­burgs (1986/7) see flautist supremo Wil­liam Ben­nett at the top of his game (No. 4, with Paul Ed­mund-davies and in lieu of recorders). ★★★★

Haydn Pi­ano Con­certo in D; 4 Pi­ano Sonatas

Doremi DHR-8069 (1970) 67:17 mins

Vasso Devetzi brings a liq­uid touch to Haydn's sonatas (no­tably the slow move­ments of Nos 23 and 46). In the con­certo, the Moscow Cham­ber Or­ches­tra are sym­pa­thetic col­lab­o­ra­tors. Some sound fuzz. ★★★

Per­fume of Italy

Con­cer­tos and Sonatas for Man­dolin

Christopho­rus CHR 77434 (2011) 61.26 mins Arte­man­do­line trans­ports us to 17th-cen­tury Naples, where the man­dolin en­joyed peak pop­u­lar­ity. Vi­valdi and Scar­latti sit along­side lit­tle-known Grand Siè­cle gems in an evoca­tive pro­gramme. ★★★★

A Vene­tian Jour­ney Works by Vi­valdi etc

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMX 2908798.00 (2000-2015) 217:49 mins (3 discs)

The Akademie für Alte Musik Ber­lin achieves poise and bal­ance through­out this col­lec­tion of Baroque jew­els. Xe­nia Löf­fler con­vinces in the Vi­valdi-tas­sarini pas­tiche com­posed by Uri Rom (2013). ★★★★

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