May 2023

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Gluck: Alceste (Pristine Audio)

A fine transfer of Flagstad’s farewell to the Metropolitan in a performance of great dignity [RMo]

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Holst: Choral Works (SOMM Recordings)

A mixed bag, but indispensable to the Holst completist [SB]

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Lalo & Casals: Cello Concertos (Sony Classical)

My high expectations were exceeded by Jan Vogler’s compelling performances [MC]

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Beethoven: Piano Trios (Sony Classical)

A terrific Ghost Trio, less impressive E flat major Trio [PBW]

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Puts: The City (Naxos)

Three substantial and very fine orchestral works; the Marimba Concerto is a joy [DJB]

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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) If you have any interest in the music of Vaughan Williams this is an almost mandatory purchase [SF][PC]

Petersen: Symphony No. 3 (Profil)

A valuable and welcome addition to the Petersen discography [SG]

Gomes: Opera Overtures and Preludes (Naxos)

Enjoyably tuneful music, a delight in these attractive accounts [RMay]

Magnificat 3 (Signum Classics)

Outstanding performances of a varied and satisfying programme in superb sound [WH]

Haydn: String Quartets op. 33 No. 1-3 (BIS)

A very valid interpretation emphasizing Haydn’s wit and invention [LP]

Miaskovsky: Cello Concerto, Cello Sonatas (cpo)

A welcome release centred on the cello works of Nikolai Miaskowsky and his teachers [GT]

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (Fuga Libera)

A performance suffused with the Russian spirit, technically and sonically proficient, aesthetically satisfying [RMo]

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Pisendel: Violin Concerti (Berlin Classics)

A resounding success [DJB]

Korngold: Sinfonietta, Violin Concerto (Dorian)

(Déjà Review) A classic of recorded sound [RB]

JS Bach: The Art of Fugue (Ramee)

A suggestion that the art of counterpoint is infinite [DC]

Holst: The Planets (BR Klassik)

A solid, “safe” account, hobbled by a dull, listless opening movement [RMo]

Liszt: Death and Transfiguration (Prima Facie)

thoroughly enjoyed this set – clearly a lot of thought went into programming these pieces [JWe]

Porpora: Carlo il Calvo (Parnassus Arts)

A neglected baroque opera providing a surfeit of beauty, best enjoyed over a couple of days [NF]

Slavic Rhapsody (Brilliant Classics)

This programme of Czech music for strings gives much pleasure [LW]

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Verdi: Falstaff (C Major)

A classic staging and superlative cast return to the catalogue, newly minted on Blu-ray [MP]

Vivaldi: Nulla pax in mundo (Gramola)

The performances are neat and stylish, but the expressive and theatrical features of Vivaldi’s music are underexposed [JV]

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Truly inspired performances of masterful music [PJL]

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The Wild Sound of the 20s – 1923 (BR Klassik)

A good example of 1920s music in outstanding performances, let down by lack of texts [LW]

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Reforming Hymns (Dacapo)

Interesting and important disc from a musical, historical and social angle [JV]