May 2023

Ostinato (Pan Classics)

A beautifully burnished sound, but the dominance of slow tempos is a negative [DJB]

D Scarlatti: Violin Sonatas (Obsidian)

Makes a very strong case for treating these sonatas as violin sonatas [GPu]

Peacock Pie (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A delightful release which is a joy from first to last [HC]

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Atlantic Crossings (Gramola)

An offbeat concept produces a very rewarding album [MP]

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Ida Presti & Alexandre Lagoya (guitars) Vol. 2 (Doremi)

A second souvenir of the art of this guitar duo, with special emphasis on the youthful brilliance of Ida Presti [JW]

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Haydn: String Quartets (Hyperion)

Versions for hard-core period instrument enthusiasts [RMo]

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Voyages (Signum Classics)

A fascinating journey through Baudelaire’s and Goethe’s poetic landscapes [GF]

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A Beethoven Odyssey Vol. 7 (MSR Classics)

Brawn turns out thoroughly impressive accounts of these last three very challenging sonatas [RC]

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Bruckner: Symphony 6 (LSO Live)

Controversial and underwhelming Bruckner from Rattle [LD]

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Rêverie – Polish Cello Miniatures (Dux)

First recordings of works that deserved to stay buried [DJB]


Ataúlfo Argenta (conductor) (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) Lisztians need to hear Argenta’s Faust; his El Amor Brujo is perhaps the best ever [RB]

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Mahler: Symphony 5 (Colorado Mahlerfest)

Excellent Mahler, with a unique coupling [LD]

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Schubert: Eine Winterreise (Naxos)

Musically excellent and dramatically intriguing re-imagining of Schubert’s story [RWe]

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R Strauss: Tone Poems (Philharmonia Records)

Some marvellous Strauss tone poems that mark the beginning of Rouvali’s stewardship of the Philharmonia [ST]

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Cage: Choral Works (Ondine)

An interesting corner of John Cage’s output expertly performed by a choir and conductor who really understand and enjoy working in the idiom [MS]

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Stamitz: Violin Concertos (cpo)

Lively performances of little-known compositions from the end of the Baroque period [CRo]

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Mozart: Symphonies 39-41 (BR Klassik)

Masterful, ideally executed and engineered recordings of Mozart’s three greatest symphonies [RMo]

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Biber: Sonatas (Accent)

The sonatas are fabulous, but the trumpet duos do rather drag on [DJB]

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Recorded just a week after 9/11, this stunning performance heralds a new era for Rattle in Berlin [CT]

An Interview with Conductor Kenneth Woods

Regarding his new recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony by Lee Denham

Composing Music in a Time of Crisis

An Interview with Jonathan Leshnoff by Lee Denham

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 4)

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

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Bach: Mass (Claves)

One of the best recordings with a small ensemble [JV]

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Baroque Arabesque

A very enjoyable disc, full of delightful textures, infectious rhythms and inventive juxtapositions [GPu]