April 2023

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Elgar: Violin Concerto (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Outstanding throughout [ST]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 1)

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

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Wagner: Orchestral Music (Deutsche Grammophon)

Classic Kubelík, wonderful Wagner [LD]

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Mahler: Symphony 9 (BIS)

Going through the motions is not enough with Mahler [DP]

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Bruckner: Symphony 5 for Organ (Profil)

A more grateful acoustic. a more varied sonic palette and a more propulsive manner incline me to prefer Schaller’s arrangement over Giesen’s [RMo]

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Rameau: Platée & Dardanus Suites (Conifer Classics)

Selections from Rameau return to the catalogue in style [JW]

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Handel: Violin Sonatas (Forgotten Records)

Music performed with an intimate and homely charm [SG]

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Lipkin: Piano Music (Lyrita)

A well-balanced introduction to Malcolm Lipkin’s piano music [JF]

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Nicole Cabell – Soprano (Decca)

(Déjà Review) A remarkable voice and I am already longing to hear more from her [GF]

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Zara Dolukhanova (mezzo-soprano) Collection (Guild)

(Déjà Review) Despite some idiosyncrasies of style in the Mozart, this diverse collection should appeal to all lovers of singing

Leningrad Choral Music (Northern Flowers)

Three surprising and often skilled composers of winningly varied choral music from the city’s Leningrad years [RB]

Giordano: Siberia (C Major)

Bregenz gives Giordano’s tragic tale a contemporary twist [RMay]

Korngold: String Quartets No. 1-3 (Naxos)

Remarkable playing that misses the range of Korngold’s elusive moods [NB]

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Sony Classical)

Superb engineering and wonderful playing hobbled by Thielemann’s reluctance to sacrifice beauty of sound to emotional release [RMo]

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The Art of Eudice Shapiro (violin) (Biddulph)

The versatile art of Eudice Shapiro: a natural quartet leader rather than soloist [JW]

Splendours of the Gonzaga (Arcana)

Top-class performances by an excellent ensemble [JV]

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone) Great Operatic Arias Vol. 2 (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) This collection does full justice to the finest lyric baritone Britain has produced since the Second World War [RJF]

CPE Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos Vol. 16 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) The latest volume in this epic project is as good a place as any to start and may be approached with confidence [BW]

Les Nuits de Paris (Bru Zane)

A fascinating glimpse into the world of late 19th century Paris, best consumed in small quantities [DJB]

Miaskovsky, Liadov & Rimsky-Korsakov: Cello Works (cpo)

Lyricism and energy in a fine Miaskovsky release [JW]

Neri: Sonate da sonarsi con varij stromenti (Arcana)

Concerto Scirocco combines technical brilliance with a thorough understanding of the style of Neri’s time [JV]

Jessye Norman (soprano) The Unreleased Masters (Decca)

Supposedly hitherto hidden treasures from the vaults turn out to be something of a let-down [RMo]

Rota: Orchestral Works & Film Music (Capriccio)

Fine performances demonstrating the range and variety of Rota’s music [NB]

Salmanov: Works for Choir (Northern Flowers)

Sensitivity to sentiment, dynamically responsive, sung with a passion that does not jeopardise unanimity [RB]