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These are live performances, apparently, and what a mother-lode of great string playing this is, committed to the last degree. Weinberg wrote tons of good music, and recent years have seen many new recordings. I especially like the first chamber symphony here, but all four are good in...

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Here's a great Faure album, by a pianist who has this music in his blood. Every performace is penetrating and vivid, aided by a Bechstein piano with a distinctively woody old-world sound, which prevents the music from becoming overly-smoothed and draws out every pearly detail. The reci...

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Wanna have a good time? Well here you go. Don't worry — the man on the cover isn't going to strangle you. He's just tuckered out after playing all this wacky stuff. This album actually came out in 2016, but it didn't land on my shores until well into this year so it still counts as a 2...

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The thorough craft of Faure's music withstands markedly different aproaches to playing it, not simply at the technical level but also emotionally. Just compare the recordings by Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Paul Crossley, Michel Dalberto, Kathryn Stott, Jean-Claude Pennetier... And here...

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This is the third and last volume of Cedric Tiberghien's Bartok series. I've loved every volume, and this features the ultimate recording of the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. This is it baby! I mean really, nobody needs to record it again. I can't imagine it done better (well I...

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The shifting colors of this music are vividly revealed here (mostly by the playing but in part by the beautiful-sounding instrument). This is Aline Piboule's first solo album, but instead of boring us with yet another heap of tepidly-played Chopin she has chosen two composers close to...

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