May 2023

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Bach: Complete Organ Works (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Undoubtedly ranks among the finest achievements of recorded music in recent times [TB]

The Divine Muse (Signum Classics)

Mary Bevan’s golden tone floats effortlessly over Joseph Middleton’s sensitive accompaniment [GF]

Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerti (Sony)

One of our greatest cellists in a revelatory performance from his younger days [WH]

The State Opera (Naxos)

Missed opportunities in a sporadically interesting film [LD]

Chopin: Piano Sonatas (Deutsche Grammophon)

Old war horses emerge reinvigorated [DMD]

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (BIS)

Speed is not a substitute for energy [DP]

Cavalli: L’Egisto (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

A welcome sound première recording for one of Cavalli’s more dramatically involving operas [PCG]

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Books I-II (Capriccio)

(Déjà Review) A fine synergy: superb instrument, performer and recording [DC]

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (ICA Classics)

(Déjà Review) Leinsdorf belatedly enters the select list of the greatest Tchaikovsky performances on record [CH]

Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (Naxos)

Cavalieri’s pioneering work given a modern interpretation with mixed results [PCG]

Lincke: Overtures Vol. 2 (cpo)

A second volume of Lincke’s music offers no surprises but plenty of enjoyment [RMay]

Ligeti: Complete Works for a Cappella Choir (SWR Classic)

This music ranges from the avant-garde to pieces almost fit for cathedrals in the 1500s [JF]

Regondi: A 200th Birthday Bouquet (Bridge)

A must-buy for all lovers of guitar music [GF]

Respighi: The Birds & Ancient Dances and Airs (BIS)

A performance worthy of the best classics, but with new, modern sound [DP]

Silvestrov: Silent Songs (DG)

This cycle, like no other, compels attention with its haunting quietude [RWe]

Brahms: Concertos (Sony)

(Déjà Review) Fortunate the listener who learns her/his Brahms through these works [RB]

Mahler: Symphony 10 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Rattle is always a compelling guide to this work [TD]

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Sonatas for Cello (Challenge Classics)

Those who explore the hidden pathways of Russian music will find much to enjoy here [GT]

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Bologne: L’Amant Anonyme (Cedille)

Welcome first appearance on disc of Joseph Bologne’s only surviving opera [CRo]

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Schubert: Elysium (BIS)

This journey to the Elysian fields is a recital that should satisfy all lovers of Schubert [GF]

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Schubert: String Quintet (RCA)

A fine performance even if it does not quite displace my established favourites [RMo]

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Grigorjeva: Choral works (Toccata Classics)

Fine, often beautiful works in glorious choral singing [HC]

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Mahler: Symphony 8 (Doráti Society)

An important entry to the discographies of both Mahler and Antal Doráti [LD]

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Dvořák: Violin Concerto (Philips)

A remarkable record – I have little hesitation in making the Dvorák a first choice [CC]