Stephen Barber

Enescu Unknown Vol-2 Toccata TOCC0647

The Unknown Enescu Vol. 2 (Toccata Classics)

More rare Enescu on a rewarding disc [SB]

Copland symphonies Slatkin RCA 09026682922

Copland: Symphonies (RCA)

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

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Rathaus: Chamber Works (Dux)

Rathaus began as modernist in Weimar Germany and ended as a late romantic in the USA – this disc covers the whole range [SB]

Enescu: Piano Sonatas (Prospero Classical)

Enescu’s finest piano works in superb performances by a newcomer [SB]

Górecki: Beatus Vir (Dux)

These impressive works show that Górecki was much more than a one-work composer [SB]

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Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge (PHI)

A rewarding version of Beethoven’s only oratorio [SB]

Beethoven: Egmont (BR Klassik)

A decent performance but no text for the narration is a hindrance [SB]

Mustonen string quartet no1 LAWO LWC1243

Mustonen: Chamber Music (Lawo)

Two impressive new works by this versatile musician [SB]

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Szymanowski: Piano Works (DG)

Wonderful playing and the disc is worth buying for the Masques alone [SB]

Brahms and Berg: Violin Concertos (Ondine)

Masterly performances of two major concertos by a violinist at the height of his powers with superb and sympathetic orchestral playing in support [SB]

Nancarrow: Complete studies for player piano (MDG)

Surely the definitive version of these intruiging and influential studies ]SB]

Stravinsky symphonies CHSA5315

Stravinsky: Symphonies (Chandos)

Superb new recordings of the Stravinsky symphonies with worthwhile extras [SB]

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Hindemith: Piano Duos (Brilliant)

A mixed bag, but with two masterpieces [SB]

Berg violin CHSA5270

Berg: Orchestral works (Chandos)

Superb performances of two major works by Berg and two worthwhile rarities [SB]

Britten quartets BIS2640

Britten: String Quartets (BIS)

Britten’s music for string quartet, a comprehensive collection [SB]