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Classical Music CDs Round-Up 9 | reviews, news & interviews

Classical Music CDs Round-Up 9

Classical Music CDs Round-Up 9

This month's recommended releases

Zoltan Kodály devised the hand signals which accompany the UFO's five-note signature in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
This month’s selection includes a flamboyant fin-de-siècle Italian symphony that could give you a nosebleed. A little-known American band provide a fresh take on a British 1930s warhorse, and classy Viennese musicians play some delectable Schumann symphonies. Everyone’s favourite Latin American youth orchestra give us a Stravinsky classic, coupled with a fascinating Mexican rarity. Contrast is provided by two wonderful discs of more intimate music-making - Zoltan Kodály’s magnificent solo cello sonata and some lesser-known songs by Britten. Finally we dip our toes into the world of opera, with a vintage Janáček rarity and a remarkable chunk of Wagner recorded last year in Manchester.
This month’s selection includes a flamboyant fin-de-siècle Italian symphony that could give you a nosebleed. A little-known American band provide a fresh take on a British 1930s warhorse, and classy Viennese musicians play some delectable Schumann symphonies. Everyone’s favourite Latin American youth orchestra give us a Stravinsky classic, coupled with a fascinating Mexican rarity. Contrast is provided by two wonderful discs of more intimate music-making - Zoltan Kodály’s magnificent solo cello sonata and some lesser-known songs by Britten. Finally we dip our toes into the world of opera, with a vintage Janáček rarity and a remarkable chunk of Wagner recorded last year in Manchester.

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