February 2023

Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Finally we have a great recording of this spellbinding piece [GF]

Mackenzie: Violin Concerto & Pibroch Suite (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Full of pleasing musical quality with continually attractive melodic invention [VB]

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Mozart: Piano Sonatas Vol. 5 (SOMM)

Sometimes monumental, sometimes impish, invariably engaging [MG]

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More than a dull ripieno! (Da Vinci Classics)

A most enjoyable disc, to which one may return regularly [JV]

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Chants nostalgiques (B Records)

A well programmed and well performed recital of French song from La Belle Époque [NB]

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Franck: Piano Rarities (Grand Piano)

Interesting transcriptions but the drama here is far too restrained [RCh]

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Dvořák: Symphony 6 (Sony)

An affectionately played trio of works by Dvořák at his most typically exuberant [RMo]

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Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge (PHI)

A rewarding version of Beethoven’s only oratorio [SB]

Todd: Saint Cuthbert (Mawson & Wareham)

A superb must buy for anyone remotely interested in British choral/contemporary music [NH]

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Handel: Giulio Cesare (Harmonia Mundi)

Probably the best DVD version and one of the best in any format [BW]

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Messes anonymes (Musique en Wallonie)

These two masses are fascinating stuff, but the style of singing may not be everyone’s cup of tea [JV]

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Vers la source dans le bois (Da Vinci Classics)

If you like the French chamber music of this period, you will be in safe hands with this Italian trio [GPu]

Sibelius: Symphonies 5-7 (Pristine Audio)

The finest Fifth I know, and an excellent Sixth and Seventh, all given a new lease of life by Pristine as XR Remastered Ambient Stereo [RMo]

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Lutyens: Piano Works Vol. 2 (Resonus Classics)

Another chance to discover little known works by a significant but often derided figure of twentieth century British music [GH]

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Auber: Le Philtre (Naxos)

This light-hearted comedy is charming entertainment and the presentation is worthy [GF]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (Capriccio)

A fine performance vitiated by Poschner’s penchant for rushed tempi [RMo]

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Rautavaara: The Gift of the Magi (Arthaus Musik)

(Déjà Review) An intelligent, small-scale opera well performed, and accompanied by a moderately interesting documentary [Gpu]

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Armenian Rhapsody (BIS)

(Déjà Review) The APO’s considerable team talents are put to fine use on this quality all-Armenian disc [Byz]

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Sgambati: Symphony 2 (Naxos)

La Vecchia and his Rome orchestra do Sgambati proud in a premiere recording [RMay]

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Beulah)

Bracing and dazzling [DMD]

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Adriatic Voyage (Delphian)

A compelling survey of Croatia’s musical past [JV]

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Swedish Piano Concertos (BIS)

Three strongly contrasting works for piano and orchestra repay repeated hearings [HC]

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Bruckner: Symphony 9 (Pristine Audio)

Van Beinum’s flexible way with this music will appeal to those who also esteem Jochum in Bruckner but there are too many flaws [RMo]

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Robert Casadesus (piano): Brahms/Falla (Maestro Editions)

Ringingly affirmative Brahms and a good if ordinary de Falla [RB]