February 2023

Sandrine Piau (soprano) Voyage intime (Alpha Classics)

An excellent recital by a distinguished soprano [RWe]

Caplet: Le Miroir de Jésus (BR Klassik)

The refinement and lucid beauty of Caplet heard in a loving performance [JW]

Górecki: Beatus Vir (Dux)

These impressive works show that Górecki was much more than a one-work composer [SB]

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Macfarren: The Soldier’s Legacy (Retrospect Opera)

A highly melodic Victorian opera – good tunes, vivacious duets, trio and quartets [JF]

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (Channel Classics)

Could be the recording that takes Milstein’s career out of the wings onto centre stage [DM]

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) Befreit: A Soul Surrendered (Chandos)

A very rewarding album, including songs by two unjustly neglected composers [JQ]

Bishop: Shakespeare At Covent Garden (Decca)

(Déjà Review) This excellently recorded disc sheds enlightenment on a long dimly-lit but far from discreditable corner of British music [PSc]

Ferneyhough: Shadowtime (NMC)

(Déjà Review) An amazing, fascinating and complex masterpiece that repays repeated listening [AO]

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Hvoslef: Chamber Works XIII (Lawo)

Four highly contrasted works by an elder statesman of contemporary Norwegian music [GH]

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MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio (LPO)

A tremendous performance of an important new work by James MacMillan [JQ]

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Franck: Symphony (Alpha Classics)

A new team offers a distinctive account of an old favourite [RMay]

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Schubert: Schwanengesang (Decca)

Urgent unfettered performances certain to divide the crowd [DMD]

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Sibelius: Symphony 4 (Forgotten Records)

An interesting but largely disappointing CD, mainly because of an underpowered performance of the symphony [PBW]

Harpsichord Concertos (Hyperion)

Communicative powers to the fore, Esfahani breathes life into three Czech harpsichord works [JW]

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Bartok: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (DG)

No lover of Bartók’s music or of modern 20th century classics should be without this exceptional issue [GFe]

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Alwyn: Symphonies 1-5 (Chandos)

Lively interpretations that steer well clear of the routine [RB]

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R Schumann: Piano Works (Hänssler Classic)

Gerhard Oppitz excels in Schumann works he has lived with his whole career [MC]

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Lortzing: Der Waffenschmied (Capriccio)

By and large, a worthy reading of Der Waffenschmied, and it is good to see a brand-new recording of the work [GF]

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Der wilde Sound der 20er – 1923 (BR Klassik)

Four works reflect the time between modernity and tradition, revolution and republic, jazz and dance music [JF]

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Primrose String Quartet: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Biddulph)

William Primrose’s elite string quartet recordings back after 30 years [JW]

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Neeme Järvi (conductor) In Concert (Chandos)

For the conductor’s fans only [SV]

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Aumann: Chamber Music (Challenge Classics)

Entertaining music by a little-known composer, played with infectious enthusiasm [JV]

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Bruch: Violin Concerto 1 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Quite the finest performance of the Bruch concerto I have ever heard [CF]

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Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) A very clever idea to package Prokofiev’s two major film scores together [IL]