Nick Barnard

Overtures Finland CHSA5336

Overtures from Finland (Chandos)

Well-devised programme lacking the last degree of performance finesse [NB]

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British Piano Concertos (Lyrita)

Five-star performances and recordings of second tier works [NB]

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Stöhr: Orchestral Music Vol. 2 (Toccata Classics)

Substantial ‘forgotten’ scores presented in the best possible light [NB]

Antheil: Violin Sonatas (Naxos)

Bravura performances cannot prevent ‘modern’ music from showing its age [NB]

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Entartete Musik (Antarctica Records)

Powerful, moving music beautifully performed and recorded let down by abject documentation [NB]

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Herrmann: Wuthering Heights (Chandos)

Cathy finally comes home in Herrmann’s magnum opus superbly performed [NB]

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Liszt: Transcendental Études (Steinway & Sons)

A legendary performance unfolds before you [NB]

Ives: Complete Sets for Chamber Orchestra (Naxos)

Colourful and quirky Ives receiving skilled if somewhat studious performances [NB]

Coates: Orchestral Works Vol. 3 (Chandos)

Coates’ life-enhancing music receives definitive performances [NB]

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Moorland Symphonies (Lyrita)

A successful and informative introduction to this appealing composer’s work [NB]

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Khachaturian: Symphony 3 (cpo)

A competent performance not good enough to make the case for a gaudy symphony [NB]

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Deified (Pentatone)

Resplendent brass playing with Wagner’s Ring ruling lesser contemporary works [NB]

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Stanford: Requiem (Hyperion)

A genuine triumph – a completely convincing performance of a typically Victorian Choral Festival work [NB]

Leighton: Every Living Creature (SOMM Recordings)

Valuable premiere recordings of beautiful music in impressive performances [NB]

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

A historical release that wears its age lightly – excellent restoration and attractive singing of well-chosen repertoire [NB]

Shadow Dances – British Works for Flute (Chandos)

A diverse and interesting programme beautifully played and recorded [NB]

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Armenian Cello Concertos (BIS)

Fine performances of Soviet and post-Soviet cello concerti with a distinct Armenian accent [NB]

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Sancan: A Musical Tribute (Chandos)

A worthy tribute – scintillating music played with wit, verve, insight and exceptional skill [NB]

Classics of American Romanticism (Bridge Records)

Intriguing early American symphonies in convincing performances [NB]

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Szymanowski: Music for Violin and Piano (BIS)

Sensational Szymanowski played with utter technical control and expressive abandon [NB]

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Eroica (EM Records)

An interesting survey of different aspects of writing for solo violin [NB]

Bruch + Tveitt (Berlin Classics)

A well-played but unbalanced programme [NB]

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Zador: Celebration Music (Naxos)

The Zádor rehabilitation continues with a valuable and enjoyable seventh disc [NB]

Portraits of a Mind VW Albion ALBCD057

Portraits of a Mind (Albion Records)

Tenor Alessandro Fisher shines in a superb recital of beautiful music old and new [NB]