Jonathan Woolf

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Jörg Demus (piano): The Bach recordings on Westminster (Eloquence)

The cultured art of Jörg Demus in Bach [JW]

Their Voices (Dux)

A Polish-Jewish chamber programme focusing on the 1930s [JW]

Ysaÿe: Légende norvégienne (Simax)

A raft of previously unrecorded works – or adaptations – by Ysaÿe [JW]

The Stuyvesant String Quartet (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) A worthy salute to a fine quartet [JW]

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Chasins: Complete Music for Solo Piano (Toccata Classics)

Numerous premiere recordings in an Abram Chasins twofer [JW]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) European Columbia Recordings Vol. 3 (Pristine Audio)

Concertos and duos from Szigeti’s peak [JW]

Joseph Szigeti (violin): The Mercury Masters (Eloquence)

Szigeti’s final, catastrophic sessions for Mercury [JW]

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Brahms: Piano Works (Maestro Editions)

A rare Lyrichord session for an obscure pianist [JW]

Caplet: Le Miroir de Jésus (BR Klassik)

The refinement and lucid beauty of Caplet heard in a loving performance [JW]

Harpsichord Concertos (Hyperion)

Communicative powers to the fore, Esfahani breathes life into three Czech harpsichord works [JW]

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Primrose String Quartet: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Biddulph)

William Primrose’s elite string quartet recordings back after 30 years [JW]

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Fitelberg: String Quartets (Acte Préalable)

Two striking and almost forgotten string quartets from a short-lived émigré Pole [JW]

Emil Reesen (conductor) The Art of (Danacord)

Reesen conducts miscellaneous lighter material including the first Danish orchestral records [JW]

Rubbra: The Jade Mountain (Chandos)

Rubbra’s overlooked songs recorded in sympathetic performances [JW]

Fabien Sevitzky (conductor) The Indianapolis Symphony Vol. 6 (Pristine Audio)

The final release in the Sevitzky-Indianapolis series ends in a celebration of the dance [JW]


Vivaldi: Violin Concertos (Forgotten Records)

The elegant, refined art of Peter Rybar in fine transfers from his Westminster legacy [JW]

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas (Forgotten Records)

A variably attractive Beethoven cycle from two eloquent Czech musicians [JW]

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Julius Prüwer (conductor) Forgotten Maestro (Pristine Audio)

A welcome restoration of the recordings of a largely overlooked German conductor [JW]

Golestan: Chamber Music (Forgotten Records)

Attractive transfers from the 1920s and 1930s of Stan Golestan’s chamber music [JW]

Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets (Forgotten Records)

A great quartet in core repertory and superbly communicative Ginastera [JW]

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Honegger: Symphony 2 (Forgotten Records)

A great Janáček champion conducts Honegger and Martinů in an obscure Polish recording [JW]

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Bacewicz: Symphonies (cpo)

Rigour and rhythmic drive somewhat leavened by folkloric elements [JW]

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Debussy/Ravel: String Quartets (Forgotten Records)

The Loewenguth Quartet’s stereo Debussy-Ravel coupling reissued in fine transfers [JW]

Malipiero: String Quartets (Dynamic)

A welcome reissue of Malipiero’s compact cycle [JW]