December 2023

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Britten: War Requiem (Decca)

A landmark recording revealed in the stunning realism of a new transfer on SACD [JQ]

Liszt: Orchestral Songs (Aparté)

The soloists are in fine form in this collection of Liszt’s orchestral songs in engaging period performances [MC]

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 5 (Linn)

Sui generis: a disc that will change the way you hear Mendelssohn [ST]

Penderecki: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

A beautiful, approachable vocal symphony coupled with two concertante works [WH]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

Wilson and Co triumph yet again [DMD]

Tailleferre: The Flower of France (Music and Arts)

The pianist misses no nuance of Tailleferre’s style [WK]

Folkjul – A Swedish Folk Christmas (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A refreshing Christmas disc, off the beaten track [GF]

Advent Carols from St. John’s (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) Evocative and beautifully sung [CT]

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Irrberge (Dux)

An interesting concept, though how much this really adds to the performances, I am not sure [MBu]

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Advent Live Vol. 3 (Signum Classics)

Andrew Nethsingha’s farewell to St John’s – a beautiful disc and a culminating celebration [ST]

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Déjà-rêvé – Dialogues across time (Audite)

Klavierduo Neeb debuts in attractive disc of two-piano works, with an assist from percussion friends [JH]

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Our Indifferent Century (Delphian)

A fascinating programme, four works in search of a theme [WH]

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4 (The Cleveland Orchestra Recordings)

A mismatch between conductor and composition however well it is played [DMD]

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 8 (MSR Classics)

Nearing the end of his Beethoven piano sonata cycle, James Brawn continues to impress [RC]

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Christmas Carols (Erato)

A model of good taste and creative programming [JV]

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Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Hyperion)

A stylish and committed performance that renews again one’s awe at the genius of Bach [JQ]

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Philarmonica – Purcell, Matteis, Mrs Philarmonica (Alpha Classics)

Le Consort deserves praise for bringing the music by the mysterious Mrs Philarmonica to our attention [JV]

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Magdalena Kožená – Folk Songs (Pentatone)

A real Winner! [MP]

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Forget This Night (7 Mountain Records)

A must-have disc for all collectors of good song recitals [DC]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) Recital at USC 1957 (Biddulph)

Late Szigeti: time to flog a dead horse [JW]

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Brahms: Hungarian Dances (Naxos)

A brilliant idea, well executed [SB]

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Adès: Alchymia (Orchid Classics)

Gorgeous, autumnal music that shows that contemporary music doesn’t bite! [DMD]

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Parry: Ode on the Nativity (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) The reappearance on CD of these performances is a cause for great celebration [JQ]

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Vaughan Williams: Hodie (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Though not quite ideal in the popular Fantasia, this version of Hodie brings to life a work which I had previously written off as one of RVW’s few failures [BW]