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Positive Feedback ISSUE 53
january/february 2011


Notes of an Amateur - Favorite Classical CD’s for 2010
by Bob Neill


John Sheppard, Media vita, Stile Antico. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807509.

Adès. Tevot; Violin Concerto; Three Studies from Couperin; Dances from 'Powder Her Face.' Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle. Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Thomas Adès, Anthony Marwood, violin. National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Paul Daniel. EMI 57813.

Rubbra, String Quartets 1-4. The Dante Quartet. Dutton Laboratories. LX Box 2010.

Shostakovich, The Preludes and Fugues, Opus 87. Alexander Melnikov, piano. Harmonia Mundi. HMC 902019/20.

J.S. Bach, Sonatas and Partitas BWV 1004-1006. Isabelle Faust, violin. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902019.

Beethoven, Cello Sonatas, Daniel Muller-Schott, cello. Angela Hewett, piano. Hyperion CDA 67633 and 67755.

Benjamin Britten: Unknown Britten. Les Illuminations; Movement for a Clarinet Concerto, etc. Sandrine Piau, soprano; Michael Collins, clarinet, etc. Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair. NMC D140 (

Bach Cantatas. Gardiner. Vols 2, 11, & 13. SDG 162,165,168.

Bach Cantatas, Gardiner. Vols 12 and 18. Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Director. Soli Deus Gloria. SDG 171 and 174.

Beethoven, Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2. Alina Ibragimova, violin; Cédric Tiberghien, piano. Wigmore Hall Live Series WHLive0041. Review forthcoming.

Sally Beamish, Violin Concerto, Callisto, Symphony No. 1. Anthony Marwood, violin. Sharon Bezaly, flute. Martyn Brabbins, Royal Scotish National Orchestra. BIS CC 1601. Review forthcoming.