April 2023

Giovannini Mass Tactus TC700703

Giovannini: Mass (Tactus Records)

A curious combination of an 18th-century mass, 17th-century organ music and ‘neo gregorian’ chants [JV]

Mahler Symphony 2 Bychkov Pentatone PTC5186992

Mahler: Symphony 2 (Pentatone)

A gorgeous, imaginative Mahler 2nd plagued by bottomless sound [DP]

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Kathleen Long (piano) The Decca Solo Recordings 1941-1945 (APR)

Insightful, stylish Kathleen Long – a pianist too often taken for granted [JW]

Stravinsky The Soldiers Tale Elder Hallé CDHLL7560

Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (Hallé)

A fine achievement all around [MP]

Puccini Manon Lescaut Netrebko Armiliato DG 4796828

Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Deutsche Grammophon)

Netrebko’s star shines brightly in the otherwise dull Salzburg night’s sky [LD]

D'Alay Dresden Concertos Reale Concerto Dynamic CDS7982

D’Alay: The Dresden Concertos (Dynamic)

Pleasant, undemanding and unremarkable [DJB]

Wagner Das Rheingold Frankfurt Opera Oehms OC935

Wagner: Das Rheingold (Oehms Classics)

(Déjà Review) Both performance and engineering are of the highest quality [GD]

Frederica von Stade Song Recital Sony78516

Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano) Song Recital (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) One of the most sheerly beautiful and instantly recognisable mezzos of the last fifty years [RMo]

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Rachmaninov: Symphonies (Naxos)

Slatkin’s cycle emphasises the composer’s structural mastery [PCG]

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The Crown (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

These performances of Handel’s Anthems are among the best that I have heard [JV]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 2)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

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Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 16 (MDG)

Unalloyed listening pleasure [DF]

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Franck: Piano Rarities (Grand Piano)

Despite some premiere recordings this is a disappointing recital [SB]

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Eroica (EM Records)

Rare British solo violin music [JW]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (LSO Live)

Rattle’s ‘Romantic’ replete with missed opportunities [LD]

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Fauré: Works for Cello & Piano (Alpha Classics)

(Déjà Review) If the rest of this series is of this standard, it will be a compulsory acquisition for all lovers of this composer [GA]

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Chopin: Complete Waltzes & Impromptus (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) This goes straight to the top of my list of favourite Chopin CDs [RMo]

Leipzig 1723 (Accentus Music)

Three applicants for the cantor position in Leipzig in 1723 [DF]

A New Light (EM Records)

A very measured Elgar Sonata and a world premiere of the Gurney Sonata [JW]

Mompou: Música callada­ Books 1-4 (Hyperion)

Mompou fans will want this, but it remained a closed book to me [DJB]

Peter Jacobs (piano) English Piano Rarities (Heritage)

This smorgasbord of fine English piano music demands exploration [JF]

Bartók: Chamber Works (Decca)

A stunning CD – fantastic performances of strongly contrasting works [PBW]

Verdi: Aïda (Pristine Audio)

In vocal terms this is arguably the finest complete recording of Aïda in the catalogue, in a sterling new transfer [MP]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Verdi singing does not come much better than this [RJF]