May 2023

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & Trio (Warner Elatus)

(Déjà Review) A highly recommendable performance of two of the last century’s major chamber works [KS]

Anthology of American Piano Music Vol. 5 (Danacord)

Impeccable, illuminating and inspiring performances [JF]

Bacewicz: Music for String Orchestra (DUX)

A valuable addition to the growing representation of Bacewicz [SB]

Fink: The Great Organ Works (Hänssler Classic)

A forgotten German composer well worth exploring [MSt]

Goltermann: Cello Concerto & Symphony (Capriccio)

Not an original voice, but thoroughly enjoyable pieces nonetheless [DJB]

Stanford: Requiem (Hyperion)

A fine performance of Stanford’s noble Requiem [JQ]

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Szymanowski: Music for Violin and Piano (BIS)

Sensational Szymanowski played with utter technical control and expressive abandon [NB]

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Greeting Cards (Naxos)

Intimate, sophisticated music, by turns lyrical and thoughtful, given excellent performances [GPu]

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Massenet: Werther (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) This issue will be prized by admirers of the two principals, but there are drawbacks [CH]

The Coronation of their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla (Decca)

Resounds in splendour – a souvenir of a historic point in the story of British Isles [RB]

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The Queen’s Favourites (Arcana)

A highly entertaining disc to which the lover of wind music will regularly return [JV]

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Pott: Christus (Naxos)

A splendid achievement by organist, composer and recording engineer [JQ]

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Mozart: Anime Immortali (Pentatone)

Beautiful tone, deep feeling, good enunciation, sure-footed technique, perceptiveness and phenomenal virtuosity [GF]

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Piers Lane Goes to Town Again (Hyperion)

An entertaining new recital from the ever-enterprising Piers Lane [RMas]

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Eroica (EM Records)

An interesting survey of different aspects of writing for solo violin [NB]

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Couperin: Messe Pour Les Paroisses (Château de Versailles)

A significant achievement in realisation of 18th century French music [MS]

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Cliffe: Symphony 1 (Sterling)

Amazing how music of such power and lyricism can lie lost and unperformed for so many years [IL]

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Pegolotti: Trattenimenti Armonici (Tactus)

Well-written pieces, which receive fine performances by Opera Qvinta [JV]

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Bruckner: Symphonies 1-9 (Accentus Music)

As fine a collection of the nine, numbered Bruckner symphonies as one could wish for, in superb sound [RMo]

Kalnins Organ Music Skani LMIC149

Kalniņš: Organ Music (Skani)

An attractive album which will appeal to any fan of organ music [SG]

Enrico Caruso His Songs Urania LDV14096

Enrico Caruso – His Songs (Urania)

A timely issue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Caruso’s birth [GF]

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Diagonal Music (Alba)

Played with such evident affection for the music, both contemporary and classical [MSt]

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Price: Piano Music (Guild Music)

An engaging exploration of these piano miniatures [RCh]

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Martines: Psalms and Symphony (cpo)

The outstanding work here is the Dixit Dominus, making it clear what a fine composer Martines was [GPu]