Stephen Rinker, BBC Philharmonic recording engineer, assisted by three guests for a forthcoming Chandos Eric Coates release (the just-issued Volume 3 is included below). The photo of Stephen taken by producer Brian Pidgeon.

Working backwards through May’s Recording Reviews finds me enthusing about Blomstedt’s Bruckner,, and also Isata Kanneh-Mason’s “Childhood Tales” release,, including Dohnányi’s brilliantly inventive Nursery Song Variations, as well as Debussy, Mozart and Schumann.

I slightly hesitated to tag as ‘Outstanding’ John Wilson’s third volume of Eric Coates, due to some rushed tempos, but the BBC Phil’s zesty and delicate playing is infectious and (hence the photo) Stephen Rinker’s recorded sound is quite superb, and I have returned numerous times to this release with much pleasure,, as I have Tchaikovsky from Glasgow, also hesitantly tagged, yet Voyevoda and Tempest are magnetic, captured by Ralph Couzens’s complete engineering,

It’s good to have more of Bacewicz’s music,, and Bychkov’s latest Mahler impressed,, as did Ohlsson & Runnicles in a freshly considered survey of Beethoven Piano Concertos,, so too Jurowski’s second slab of Stravinsky with the LPO,

Finally, further S-composers, Schubert Symphonies, ‘Unfinished’ & ‘Great C-major’, notable from Dresden and Janowski,, and Stanford’s Requiem proved to be quite a find,, led veritably by Martyn Brabbins.

And I could include Benny and the boys having a blast with Bach…