June 2023

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Liszt: Transcriptions for Two Pianos (Da Vinci Classics)

I will be returning to this CD often [JWe]

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Leclair: Elite de bons mots (Flora)

Extroverted performances in an intimate setting [JV]

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La Divina Maria Callas in all her roles (Warner Classics)

A magnificent and comprehensive testament to the supremacy of the greatest singing actress of the 20C [RMo]

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von Tilzer: Into Eternity (trptk)

This includes a handful of important compositions that provide a deeply touching experience [MP]

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Rubinstein: Cello Concertos (Northern Flowers)

Engagingly unfamiliar works from the last two centuries each presented with conviction [RB]

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Mahler: Symphony 2 (Pentatone)

Unspectacular but deeply satisfying [DMD]

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Zinka Milanov (soprano) Sings Verdi (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) These excerpts from four favourite roles show Milanov almost constantly in the best possible light [GF]

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Sabine Meyer (clarinet) French Works (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding achievement [MC]

L Glass: Symphony No. 4 (cpo)

Raiskin makes this work sing [RB]

Barber: The Complete Songs (Brilliant Classics)

What should have been an important and innovative release ruined by basic failures of presentation [PCG]

The Living American (Albany)

A most enjoyable guide to the world of contemporary US composers [DMD]

Offenbach: La Périchole (Naxos)

A benchmark production of Offenbach’s opéra bouffe, subtle yet full of colour [RW]

Weinberg: String Quartets (Alto)

Early accounts of two introspective quartets and of two often upbeat orchestral works [RB]

Forbidden Fruit (Alpha Classics)

A deeply uplifting experience, and I recommend that you make the same journey [GF]

Monteverdi: Vespers (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Truly mind-blowing – I can’t imagine it being replaced any time soon [DC]

Mozart: Overtures (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Davis cleaves to traditional values with his superlative orchestra, splendidly recorded [JW]

Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album (Bridge)

An affectionate tribute and mostly a pleasure that these recordings been set free [RB]

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Atmospheriques Vol. 1 (Sono Luminus)

Dark Nordic masterpieces from this fine Icelandic orchestra [GPJ]

Bach Family: Motets (Christophorus)

Unusual performances due to relatively slow tempi, but full of expression [JV]

Bloch: Orchestral Works (Alto)

Often eloquently introspective but rising to anger and vigour [RB]

Eudice Shapiro (violin) (Biddulph)

A lovingly restored aural document of an exceptional violinist and remarkable musician [SG]

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Takemitsu: Spectral Canticle (BIS)

Sumptuous playing and sound entice us into Takemitsu’s magical kingdom [DM]

Butterworth: Chamber Music (Dutton)

(Déjà Review) Tuneful and tonal works from a contemporary composer, in accomplished and suave performances [EML]

Debussy: Orchestral Works (Eloquence)

(Déjà Review) A delightful Debussy collection, excellently performed [MC]