May 2024

Amsterdam geisler NC24012

Amsterdam 1850 (Navis Classics)

An experience of deep friendship, hard work, and joy in the results [DC]

Kammerchor giants ROP6249

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Rondeau Production)

Superb singing of a slightly undifferentiated programme [NB]

Bax poems CHAN10362

Bax: Tone Poems (Chandos)

An essential acquisition for all Baxians [RB]

Brahms qts 4776458

Brahms: String Quartets, Piano Quintet (Deutsche Grammophon)

Any release from the Emersons is worthy of attention and this set is no exception [MC]

Schmidt Fredigundis ORF Vienna Orfeo C380012

Schmidt: Fredigundis (Orfeo)

The only recording of Schmidt’s second opera does full justice to an unjustly neglected work [EJW]

Buxtehude Vincent Bernhardt Indesens IC031

Buxtehude & others: Cantatas and organ works (Indesens)

A musically compelling disc, thanks to the quality of the music and the performances [JV]

Dodgson Mirage Piano Music SOMMCD0684

Dodgson: Piano Music (Somm Recordings)

Well worth investigating [GH]

CPE Bach Graun Concertos CPO 5556132

C P E Bach & Graun: Viola Concertos (cpo)

Fairly bland music that the performances don’t enliven [DJB]

Carmichael Towards the Light Divine Art DDX21103

Carmichael: Toward the Light (Divine Art)

Music to lift the tired soul [PRJ]

Auber Overtures v6 Naxos 8.574532

Auber: Overtures, Vol 6 (Naxos)

A very generous new instalment in an enterprising ongoing series [RMay]

Deja Review Schumann Symphs 1-4 Sawallisch EMI 5677682

Schumann: Symphonies Nos 1-4 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) With splendid standards of music making, recording and presentation, this is a benchmark and self-recommending issue [TB]

Deja Review Steinberg Symph 2 Gothenburg Jarvi DG 4711982

Steinberg: Symphony No 2 & Variations for Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Torrid Slavonic performances of both the graceful Variations and the gloomily brilliant Symphony [RB]

bird spirit dreaming davinci

Bird Spirit Dreaming (Da Vinci Classics)

A fascinating and rewarding disc of Australian rarities [PRJ]

swain chamber dutton

Swain: Chamber Works (Dutton)

Convincing premiere recordings of some of Freda Swain’s chamber music [JW]

laso new worlds eudora

Javier Laso (piano) New Worlds (Eudora)

Four masterpieces from four distinct strands of twentieth-century music [JF]

mascagni leoncavallo pristine

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (Pristine Audio)

A pleasure to hear Björling in these excellent Pristine transfers, even if these two roles are not amongst his greatest [PT]

Beethoven sym3 CCSSA46524SACD

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (Channel Classics)

Fischer balances the suavely light and the resiliently heroic [MG]

Britten rattle LSO0830

Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (LSO Live)

Three superb Britten readings, including possibly the finest Spring Symphony on disc [GPJ]

casa diavolo naive

La Casa del Diavolo (Naïve)

(Déjà Review) For their fiercely propulsive and compellingly vital performances Il Giardino Armonico has few equals [MC]

graham poemes warner

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) Poèmes de L’Amour (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Lovers of fine singing can purchase without hesitation now and enjoy an outstanding recording and performance [RJF]

Véronique Gens (soprano): Paysage (Alpha Classics)

Delightful lost treasures from French musical history [JF]

Sweelinck: Keyboard Works (Piano Classics)

Most enjoyable [SG]

Mahler: Symphonies Nos 2, 4, 7, 9, Das Lied von der Erde (Warner Classics)

An unmissable bargain [JQ]

475 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Profil)

Many first-class performances to celebrate the 475th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Dresden [MC]