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This Month's Choices

December 2014

Shostakovich Symphony 6 14 LPO/Jurowski
Recording of the Month
Shostakovich

Symphonies Nos 6 & 14

Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Volume 2: CBSO/Gardner
Orchestral
Mendelssohn

Symphonies Nos 1-3; Ruy Blas Overture

Venice: The Golden Age concerto
Concerto
Venice: The Golden Age

Concertos by Vivaldi, Marcello, Porta and Tessarini

Stella di Napoli Joyce DiDonato
Opera
Stella di Napoli

Bel canto opera arias

Byrd: Three Masses – Westminster/Martin Baker
Choral & Song
Byrd

Mass for five voices; Mass for four voices; Mass for three voices; Ave verum corpus

Perla Barocca Rachel Podger
Chamber
Perla Barocca

Early Italian chamber pieces by Fontana, Frescobaldi, Mealli and Chima

La Fauvette Passerinette Peter Hill
Instrumental
La Fauvette Passerinette

Works by Messiaen, Ravel, Sockhausen, Anderson, Benjamin, Dutilleux, Sculthorpe, Young, Murail and Takemitsu

Charles Mingus: Mingus Moods
Jazz
Charles Mingus

'Mingus Moods'