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Carter: Symphonia Sum Fluxiae Pretium Spei/Clarinet Concerto BBC SO, London Sinfonietta, Collins, Knussen (DG)

DG's bold 20/21 series, offering the best of modern music for the 21st century, presents world premiere recordings of Eliott Carter's mercurial Clarinet Concerto (brilliantly played by Michael Collins), and the Symphonia, an uncompromisingly modern masterpiece. Under Oliver Knussen, the BBC players rise superbly to the occasion. HHHH

Luzzaschi: Fifth Book of Madrigals La Venexiana (Glossa)

One of a growing number of self-assured Italian early-music ensembles, La Venexiana explores the world of Luzzasco Luzzaschi, whose 1595 book of madrigals displays his talents, both as poet and composer. This is rewarding territory, particularly when the guides are as talented as these singers. Glossa's documentation is also excellent. A charming disc of pieces which deserve wider circulation. HHH