The Piano Rules. I wouldn’t want to be without Meneses & Wyss in Brahms’s Cello & Piano Sonatas und sieben Lieder,, or Donohoe making wonders out of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces,, or the likeable Piano Concertos of Aloys Schmitt in Howard Shelley’s exceptional performances,, the only versions you’ll ever need, released July 1. Nor should Annie Fischer playing four Beethoven Sonatas be forgotten,

Away from the piano, the Horizon 10 collection of contemporary music from the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra,, proved to be very rewarding; and, before the sun sets, a mention for Herbert Blomstedt in Leipzig for a pair of Symphonies, one a delightful discovery, the other Mozart’s supreme ‘Prague’ Symphony given on the grandest of scales,