August 2023

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Dutilleux & Dusapin: Works for Cello & Orchestra (Alpha)

Cello tales of mystery and imagination [JLW]

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Haydn & Mozart: Symphonies (Pristine Classical)

Horenstein’s Haydn and Mozart pack quite a punch [MG]

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Stöhr: Orchestral Music Vol. 2 (Toccata Classics)

Substantial ‘forgotten’ scores presented in the best possible light [NB]

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Graun: Silla (cpo)

A premiere recording that is mainly of interest to Opera Seria completionists [MP]

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Villa-Lobos: String Quartets Vol. 1 (Dorian)

(Déjà Review) A fine start to a much neglected body of work [JW]

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Schumann: Kinderszenen (Apex)

(Déjà Review) Superb pianism and a complete immersion in Schumann’s most extreme psychology [DS]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]

I Wanna Be Ready [spirituals] (Navona)

A slightly new take on an unusual variety of spirituals, sung by soloists and choir who really understand them [GH]

Rossini: Il turco in Italia (C Major)

A delightfully entertaining modern take on Rossini brings overtones of Fellini to the action [PCG]

Noskowski: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Capriccio)

Two late-19th century symphonies, agreeable if not compelling, little known, little heard [RB]

McEwen: String Quartets Vol. 2 (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) The Chilingirians really do bring life and joyous affirmation to this [JW]

Mozart: Concertos; Voříšek: Symphony (Supraphon)

(Déjà Review) More great music-making from the Ančerl Gold Series [DS]

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Herz: Stars rise afar (Genuin)

A rewarding release, thought-provoking and inspiring [SG]

Mozart: Arias for Aloysia Weber (Glossa)

An attractive collection no lover of Mozart will regret acquiring [GF]

Mozart: Symphonies 39-41 (BR Klassik)

These performances do not quite achieve the vitality and focus of my benchmarks [MC]

Stamp: Chamber Music Vol.1 (Toccata Classics)

Cleverly-shaped wind music in an often enchanted populist blend [RB]

d’Albert: Die Toten Augen (cpo)

(Déjà Review) You will want to luxuriate in this fine score [RB]

Glazunov: Symphony No.1 & 6 (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Very enjoyable and well served by this release [JQ]

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Lully: Acis et Galatée (Dynamic)

A premiere filming of Lully’s major stage work: intelligent production, convincing performance [RWe]

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Vladigerov: Stage music (Capriccio)

Two well-filled CD’s filled with attractive 20th Century orchestral and vocal music from a composer unjustly neglected in the West [EJW]

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Remembering Tebaldi (Pentatone)

A lovely recital presenting Melody Moore as a worthy inhabitant of the pantheon of the present generation of sopranos [GF]

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Alfano: Complete String Quartets (Naxos)

Wondrously fervent, hot-house stuff … upon you with tiger-like ferocity [RB]

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Chopin: 24 Preludes (Apex)

(Déjà Review) Lympany’s natural poetry is combined with superb detail and projection of inner voices [DS]

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Carter: The Music of Elliot Carter Vol. 5 (Bridge)

(Déjà Review) Displays all Carter’s life-affirming complexity [JW]