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Classical music

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4, Mass in G minor, Six Choral Songs to Be Sung in Time of War. London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox Singers, Richard Hickox. Chandos, $18.98.

Vaughan Williams’s martial and acerbic fourth symphony gets a muscular performance with great brass. The a cappella mass provides a calmer and quieter contrast. The Six Choral Songs (1939-1940) feature the choir in unison singing texts by Shelley.

CPE Bach: Violin and Piano Sonatas. Amandine Beyer, violin; Edna Stern, fortepiano. Zig Zag Territories, $18.98.

CPE Bach’s violin sonatas have dramatic quirks and mesmerizing slow movements. The most familiar sonata here is usually played as a flute sonata; it was previously catalogued as belonging to the composer’s father (BWV 1020). The performances sparkle.


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