April 2024

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PAX (2L)

Beautifully recorded new choral music with a message [DC]

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Tartini: Violin Sonatas (Signum Classics)

Chandler fully explores the lyrical qualities of Tartini’s sonatas [JV]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pristine Audio)

A great performance revitalised in extraordinarily vivid sound – another Pristine remastering triumph [RMo]

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Klaus Tennstedt: Possessed by Music

Like Klaus Tennstedt himself, Georg Wübbolt’s biography is flawed, but fascinating [NC]

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Vaughan Williams – A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

A fine representative collection; no more rustic accents, please [JW]

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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Playing of great intelligence, intellectual rigour and keen spontaneity [TH]

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C Stamitz: Cello Concertos (Claves)

(Déjà Review) Wonderfully wrought works, full of catchy, instantly memorable melody and magnificently harmonious [TM]

Vivaldi: Sonatas for 2 Violins (Brilliant Classics)

Idiosyncratic performances of pared-down music by Vivaldi [CR]

Interconexiones – recital (Oboe Classics)

Contemporary Spanish-focused oboe quartets in a range of styles [JW]

Samuel Barber: His Life and Legacy (University of Illinois Press)

A first class study, well worth tracking down [SG]

In The Shadows – recital (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

Turina: Serenata, String Quartet, Las Musas de Andalucía (Claves)

(Déjà Review) Each work is well worth hearing, and the Serenata is considerably more than that [CW]

Schubert: Mayrhofer-Lieder Volume 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding contribution to lieder on record [CH]

Britten: Violin Concerto (Orfeo)

An eloquent performance of the main work with an interesting early work to complement it [SB]

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Signum Classics)

A considerable achievement [JQ]

Lloyd: The Symphonies No 7-12 (Lyrita)

The second tranche of reissues of Lloyd conducting Lloyd [JW]

Collection Grands Motets No 9: Lully – Te Deum Vol 4 (Château de Versailles)

The final disc in a series of four devoted to Lully’s choral motets [JV]

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A dramatic rendition of Ruy Blas completes this most appealing new issue [TB]

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Satie: Piano Works (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Remarkably subtle, giving due weight where required without missing any sense of fun [TH]

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Telemann: Ino & Late Works (Pentatone)

Classy performances by both singer and orchestra [ZT]

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Devenish & James: Alluvial Gold (Huddersfield Contemporary Records)

Immersive, colourful, ecologically compelling fare [RHa]

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Eller: Works for Violin & Piano (First Hand Records)

Ten world premiere recordings amongst this conspectus of Eller’s violin works [JW]

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Karchin: Keyboards/Winds (Bridge Records)

A rewarding sampler of work by a consistently interesting composer, uniformly well-played and recorded [GPu]

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Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Much of its freshness of character comes from the fact that so many young people are involved [WH]