March 2023

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Vivaldi: Sonatas for 2 Violins (Brilliant Classics)

Vivaldi’s instrumental music is more theatrical than these performances suggest [JV]

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (HDTT)

Another highly successful remastering of a classic recording from HDTT [RMo]

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Homage (Lorelt)

The excitement of new discovery combined with passionate advocacy [DMD]

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Bacewicz: Symphonies (cpo)

The first volume of the complete orchestral works by one of Poland’s finest twentieth-century symphonists [GH]

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Bernstein: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

Essential, authentic listening for admirers of Leonard Bernstein [JQ]

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Brahms: Piano Works (Maestro Editions)

A rare Lyrichord session for an obscure pianist [JW]

Brahms’ Fourth Symphony

A brief overview of recordings by Trevor G Cooper

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Cello Diverse (Divine Art)

(Déjà Review) Some of the finest, most purposeful, cello playing I’ve heard in a long time [BBr]

Walton: Concertos (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Performances that sit comfortably with the best [IL]

Sommer: Orchestral songs (Pentatone)

World premiere recordings of orchestral songs by a largely forgotten composer [JQ]

Teodorescu-Ciocănea: Orchestral music (Toccata Classics)

This deserves to enhance Teodorescu-Ciocănea’s reputation and bring it before a wider public [DMD]

John Cranko (choreography): The Taming of the Shrew (Unitel Editions)

Stuttgart Ballet’s survey of choreographer John Cranko’s work continues triumphantly [RMay]

Wenn ich nur Dich hab (Carpe Diem Records)

Top-class performances of German sacred music from the baroque period [JV]

Poulenc: La voix humaine (Alpha Classics)

A new vocal standard for La Voix humaine, but no translation of the text [RWe]

Valentin Malinin (piano): Laureate Recital (Naxos)

Pianist Valentin Malinin impresses with his technical ability, but with mixed musical results [LW]

A Little of What You Fancy (ASV)

(Déjà Review) An indispensable record for those who love the world of the old music hall [TD]

Handel: Water & Fireworks Music (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) An example that big can be beautiful too! [GFe]