Alkan piano RCA09026633102

Alkan & Liszt: Piano Works (RCA)

Utterly commanding – refuses to let you do anything other than flinch, succumb, brave it out and celebrate [RB]

Copland symphonies Slatkin RCA 09026682922

Copland: Symphonies (RCA)

A welcome return to the catalogue of this valuable version of Copland’s early symphonies [SB]

Mahler Symph 4 Reiner RCA Victor 09026635332

Mahler: Symphony 4 (RCA Victor)

(Déjà Review) A cold journey through Mahler’s fairy tale landscapes [TD]

Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works (RCA)

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

R Strauss: Orchestral Works (RCA)

A welcome re-issue of three justly famous Strauss recordings in superb sound [RMo]

paul bowles eos RCA 09026636852

Bowles: Orchestral and Vocal Music (RCA)

Writer and composer Paul Bowles restored on disc [JW]

Prokofiev: Symphony & Suites (RCA)

Bland interpretations further compromised by compressed digital sound – stick to classic, vintage accounts [RMo]

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]

Gershwin Fascinating rhythm 09026632942

Gershwin: Fascinating Rhythm (RCA)

A welcome back to this astutely selected slice of Gershwin on Broadway [JW]

Bernstein dow 63581

Bernstein: How Now, Dow Jones (RCA)

A Broadway flop takes a bow [NB]

Cliburn Moscow 09026626952

Van Cliburn in Moscow (RCA)

Fine performances somewhat compromised by indifferent sound [RMo]