January 2023

Beethoven: Egmont (BR Klassik)

A decent performance but no text for the narration is a hindrance [SB]

British String Quartets (Rubicon Classics)

A lovely Celtic inflected collection of rarities [DMD]

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Macfarrren: The Soldier’s Legacy (Retrospect Opera)

Macfarren’s 1864 ballad-chamber-pastoral-Opera da Camera for four singers [JW]

Mignone and Delvizio: Guitar Works (Da Vinci Classics)

A striking set of guitar studies heard in an excellent performance [GPu]

La Femme – A Journey of Female Composers (Naxos)

A brilliant disc to cherish and to share [SA]

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Pristine Audio)

Pristine delivers this classic Barbiere in an airy and better-balanced revision, free of hiss and noise [MZ]

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Tom + Will: Weelkes & Byrd 400 years (Signum Classics)

Two great English renaissance composers are juxtaposed, with outstanding results [GH]

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Saint-Saëns: Dances & Ballet (Naxos)

A disc primarily for admirers of Saint-Saëns and 19th century ballet [RMay]

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Voices – Ephrata Cloister (Bright Shiny Things)

A very interesting production, both historically and musically [JV]

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Holmboe: Quartets Vol 2 (Dacapo)

The Nightingale Quartet continues its admirable Holmboe cycle [JW]

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Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

A striking new Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, strongly cast and very well conducted [RWe]

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Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Pristine Audio)

A glorious documentation of the high standards of the ensemble at the Royal Stockholm Opera more than 80 years ago [GF]

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Ariosti: Lessons for viola d’amore (Brilliant Classics)

A perfect disc to become acquainted with the viola d’amore and Ariosti’s sonatas [JV]

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Tchaikovsky: Ballets (Doráti Edition)

Pioneering full-length accounts of Tchaikovsky’s ballets that will appeal to Doráti’s many admirers [RMay]

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Gaubert: Chamber Music (Claves)

Assured and attractive music by a major figure in the history of the flute, well played and recorded [GPu]

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Mustonen: Chamber Music (Lawo)

Two impressive new works by this versatile musician [SB]

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The Whistling Book (Divine Art)

An absorbing smorgasbord of music, from grade pieces for tyros to major recital works [JF]

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Nowowiejski: Concertos (Dux)

Nowowiejski’s concertos, heard in premiere recordings, leave a puzzling impression [JW]

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Launy Grøndahl (conductor) Legacy Vol. 7 (Danacord)

The Grøndahl legacy series reaches volume 7 with a question mark or two [JW]

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Szymanowski: Piano Works (DG)

Wonderful playing and the disc is worth buying for the Masques alone [SB]

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Jongen: Preludes (Chandos)

A valuable recording of neglected repertoire [DC]

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L Glass: Symphony 4 (CPO)

A commanding recording of Louis Glass’s (occasionally) problematic Fourth Symphony [JW]

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Gál: Music for Voices Vol. 2 (Toccata)

An absorbing cross-section of vocal works composed over a period of four decades [JF]

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Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Alpha)

A vivid rollercoaster approach, the listener smarting on the front row stalls [MG]