April 2023

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Scriabin: Symphony 2 (Naxos)

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic have the measure of Scriabin [LW]

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Cesare Siepi (bass) (Nimbus Prima Voce)

Hearing Cesare Siepi in his mature youth is a treat indeed [GF]

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Alla Turca (Atma Classique)

Invigorating yet subtly beautiful vocal and instrumental pieces expertly and sensitively played [MS]

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Mascagni: L’amico Fritz (Dynamic)

The Pavarotti- Freni recording still reigns, but this newest version is a worthy competitor [GF]

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Kleinknecht: Trio Sonatas for 2 Flutes (TYXart)

The Ensemble La Cantonnade is the ideal advocate of Kleinknecht’s music [JV]

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Wellesz: Chamber Music (Toccata Classics)

Does this dark but gripping music proud [DMD]

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Christian Ferras (violin) Edition (Eloquence)

A handsomely produced salute to the tragically short-lived Christian Ferras [JW]

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Reinecke: Works for 2 Pianos (CPO)

Joyous music making unveiling a rich seam of undiscovered two-piano repertoire [RCh]

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Handel: Semele (Opus Arte)

A modern take on a Handelian opera which for once makes dramatic sense, and is good fun as well [PCG]

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Schubert: Lieder (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A fine young singer and a master accompanist [WH]

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Mozart: Piano Sonatas (Brilliant Classics)

(Déjà Review) These original recordings melt the heart [JLa]

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Puccini: Turandot (Pristine Audio)

Revitalised sound permits us to re-appreciate the manifest virtues of this recording, despite its flaws [RMo]

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Tchaikovsky & Grieg: String Quartets (Forgotten Records)

A historic recording by a great Armenian string quartet recommended to all chamber music lovers [GT]

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Sawyers: String Concertos (Nimbus)

The sixth impressive release of consistently impressive music [NB]

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Medtner: Storms and Idylls (Private release)

More magical subtleties from Ang [DMD]

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Variations (MPS Records)

An excellent remastering of the Hoelscher-Demus Beethoven cello cycle [JW]

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Rachmaninov: Symphony 2 (Chandos)

The luscious second symphony, recorded with rather too little presence for the strings [EJW]

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Alwyn: Miss Julie (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) Difficult to imagine a more focused or fervent performance [CC]

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Piano Music for Children (Divine Art)

(Déjà Review) I don’t know whose idea this CD was, but it was a brilliant one [GPJ]

Donizetti: La favorita (Pristine Audio)

Superbly remastered, a second-rank Donizetti opera blighted by Poggi’s unattractive contribution [RMo]

Gevorg Hakobyan (baritone): Arias of Love and Sorrow (Delos)

Uncertain singing, but honest music-making and interesting repertoire [GF]

Smethergell: Overtures (cpo)

A colourful and vibrant collection of overtures by a little-known composer [JW]

Wolf-Ferrari: Das Himmelskleid (Naxos)

A fine performance of an opera that may be best left forgotten [MP]

Lynch: Light Darkness (Pilfink Records)

An immensely satisfying exploration of dream, darkness and light [JF]