BBC Music Magazine

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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