Rob Barnett

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M Harris: Symphony

In the mood to be soothed rather than provoked or stirred …. [RB]

Bristow & Fry: Symphonies (Bridge)

Early American romanticism – golden-age verve rather than dutiful museum revival [RB]

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The Golden Shore (Matador Publishing)

A warm welcome is due this exemplary book which has been so well realised [RB]

Power: 29 Songs (Prima Facie)

A serious purveyor of probing singable songs, scalpel-sharp [RB]

Raízes: Portuguese Chamber Music (Naxos)

Relaxed and often light of heart [RB]

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20th Century Masterpieces for 2 Pianos & Orchestra Vol. 2 (MSR Classics)

Works brought to our ears with sparkle and emotional lightning undimmed [RB]

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Alkan: Piano Concerto (Naxos)

A recording that romantic era piano fanciers will have to have [RB]

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Henley: Piano Works (Bridges Records)

Variety, not uniformity: drama, quiet lives and noble protest [RB]

Lipkin: Piano Works (Lyrita)

Not especially tough or unforgiving yet exerts a spell that stirs the heart and the mind [RB]

The Making of a Medium Vol. 1 (Crystal Records)

(Déjà Review) A fine selection [RB]

Tommasino: The Enigma of the English Mozart (Shelf Life)

Greatly refreshing and inspires surefooted confidence [RB]

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Alwyn: Symphonies 1-5 (Chandos)

Lively interpretations that steer well clear of the routine [RB]

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Robert Casadesus (piano): Brahms/Falla (Maestro Editions)

Ringingly affirmative Brahms and a good if ordinary de Falla [RB]

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Pettersson: Symphonies 10 & 11 (cpo)

(Déjà Review) Deeply impressing pieces [RB]

Sharon Bezaly (flute): Synergy (BIS)

Pleasing and moving, played with soulful and technical virtuosity [RB]

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Korngold: Die Kathrin (cpo)

(Déjà Review) Music of your most romantic dreams and packing a grand emotional punch [RB]

Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works (RCA)

Responds to every seething texture, supple moment and elemental fury [RB]

Maria Kliegel (cello) Anniversary Edition (Naxos)

A fine cellist – expression, technical mastery, character all there – but a shame that this is a collection of excerpts [RB]

Jascha Heifetz: The Heifetz Collection Vol 35 (RCA-BMG)

Vivid and admirable shorter pieces but a Mendelssohn that has a heart of jagged tin [RB]