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Classical CDs Round-Up 15 | reviews, news & interviews

Classical CDs Round-Up 15

Classical CDs Round-Up 15

Danish symphonies, a cappella choral music and quirky Americana

Howard Skempton's 'Bolt from the Blue' is radically simple but never simplistic

This month’s carefully sifted new releases include some quirky Americana and a piano filled with ping-pong balls. A Baroque specialist plays some ripe orchestral transcriptions and a neglected cello concerto gets a new ending. Six Danish symphonies blow the cobwebs away, and we’ve two discs of music by a 20th-century German master. There are songs from Vienna, and a cappella choral music from Russia. A contemporary English composer celebrates the town of his birth. The most soothing of requiem settings contrasts with an hour of Soviet ballet music, prompting memories of circuses and Sunday-night telly. There’s an enjoyable piano recital and a DVD demonstrating that some artists get better and better as they age.

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