Rob Barnett

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Villa-Lobos: Chôros 1-7 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) Close your eyes and conjure your own veranda [RB]


N Berg: Song of Songs & Symphony No 4 (Phono Suecia)

(Déjà Review) A warming chance to sample the music of Berg the Swedish romantic [RB]

Tučapský: Concertos (SOMM Recordings)

(Déjà Review) The sort of disc which makes reviewing ‘peripheral’ repertoire a joy [RB]

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van der Pals: String Quartets Vol 1 (cpo)

A late-romantic cat’s-cradle of tenderness caught in a viscous tonal velour [RB]

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Bortkiewicz: Symphonies (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Exultant, yearning, gloomy, sincere, passionate, nostalgic Slavonic music [RB]

Noskowski: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Capriccio)

Two late-19th century symphonies, agreeable if not compelling, little known, little heard [RB]

Stamp: Chamber Music Vol.1 (Toccata Classics)

Cleverly-shaped wind music in an often enchanted populist blend [RB]

d’Albert: Die Toten Augen (cpo)

(Déjà Review) You will want to luxuriate in this fine score [RB]

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Alfano: Complete String Quartets (Naxos)

Wondrously fervent, hot-house stuff … upon you with tiger-like ferocity [RB]

An interview with Philip L Scowcroft

by Robert Barnett

François Le Roux (baritone): Schloeck, Barber & Durey (Gallo)

(Déjà Review) A real connoisseur’s disc [RB]

An interview with BIS founder Robert van Bahr

by Robert Barnett

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Chadwick: Orchestral Works (Reference Recordings)

(Déjà Review) Fine rare repertoire and typically sprung, lively sound with power and subtlety aplenty [RB]

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Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 2 (Naxos)

Exemplary justice done … ecstatic filigree and truculent brass artillery [RB]

Canteloube & Emmanuel: Songs of the Auvergne (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A languid approach with lovely singing from Upshaw [RB]

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Janacek: Orchestral works (Reference Recordings)

The Serebrier Sinfonietta remains a top recommendation [RB]

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Leifs: Orchestral works (BIS)

Extraordinary music of real individuality [RB]

Gaito: Chamber Works (cpo)

Music and performances that brim with radiance and commitment [RB]

Saint-Saens: Transcriptions for Piano (Piano 21)

Familiar and successful … yet unfamiliar in these versions [RB]

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Fritz Busch (conductor) In Stockholm (Pristine Audio)

Unusual Busch late-life survivals from Swedish Radio archives [RB]

Jacob, Addison, Rubbra: Piano Concerti (Lyrita Recorded Edition)

Otherwise unheard, these works are neither rugged nor rebarbative but beckon and reward [RB]

Bax: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 3 (Dutton Epoch)

(Déjà Review) De rigueur addition for all Baxians and an antidote to the sleepy sloppy school of Baxian interpretation [RB]

Overtures from Finland (Chandos)

A ramble, with delights along the way, through some of Finland’s most neglected overtures [RB]

Bonnal: String Quartets (Arion)

(Déjà Review) I urge you strongly to seek out Bonnal’s sheerly magical impressionistic music [RB]