Stephen Barber

Weill: Propheten, Four Walt Whitman Songs (Capriccio)

This legendary work turns out to be more a curiosity than a masterpiece [SB]

Weber, Schumann, Strauss: Horn concerti (Chandos)

A delightful collection [SB]

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Rautavaara & Martinů: Piano Concertos (BIS)

This attractive coupling should win new friends for these works [SB]

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Guðmundsson: The Gospel of Mary

A slow-moving meditative work based on an unorthodox gospel

Martin & Franck: Piano quintets (CAvi-Music)

Superb performances of both works: a rewarding coupling [SB]

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (Dynamic)

A decent concert performance of Stravinsky’s great work, with a rarity to precede it [SB]

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Ligeti: Études (Naxos)

A modernist take on Ligeti’s marvellous Études, with interesting extras [SB]

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Schuman: Symphony 10 (RCA)

A useful survey of Schuman’s works [SB]

Brahms by Arrangement Vol. 2 (Toccata Classics)

Three successful orchestrations, especially that of the Piano Quintet [SB]

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Franck: Hulda (Bru Zane)

This splendid recording reveals Franck’s opera to be a work of power and beauty [SB]

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Piston: Symphony 6 (RCA)

Three well-chosen works by this fine American composer [SB]

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Whitacre: Choral works (Decca)

An extended memorial work with some shorter pieces [SB]

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Paray: Seven Piano Pieces (MSR Classics)

The great conductor turns out to be an interesting composer [SB]

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Pentatone)

An outstanding version of the rare Four Orchestral Pieces and a very good one of the Concerto for Orchestra [SB]

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Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles (Hyperion)

A fine new recording of Messiaen’s celebration of the natural world [SB]

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Silvestrov: The Messenger (Challenge Classics)

A valuable collection of the Ukrainian composer’s chamber works [SB]

Martinů, Krása, Kalabis: Harpsichord concerti (Hyperion)

A delightful collection of modern concertos for the harpsichord [SB]

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (Colin Currie Records)

A superb new version of Reich’s finest work [SB]

Bacewicz: Music for String Orchestra (DUX)

A valuable addition to the growing representation of Bacewicz [SB]

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Ravel, Dutilleux & Hough: String Quartets (Hyperion)

An intriguing programme with an attractive new work [SB]

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Reich: String Quartets (Deutsche Grammophon)

One masterpiece and two occasional works make up Reich’s contribution to the string quartet genre [SB]

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Holst: Choral Works (SOMM Recordings)

A mixed bag, but indispensable to the Holst completist [SB]

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Franck: Piano Rarities (Grand Piano)

Despite some premiere recordings this is a disappointing recital [SB]

Weill: Die sieben Todsünden (First Hand Records)

Two rarities; the performance of the main work is quite disappointing [SB]