May 2024

Grieg: Peer Gynt suites by Edvard Grieg (Vox)

The Utah Symphony and Abravanel in Grieg: understated, but never underwhelming [NC]

Danza Gaya – Music for Two Pianos (Lyrita)

Delightful from start to finish [WK]

Bach: Cello Suites (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) The best of the best in this most personal of all possible worlds [DC]

19th Century Guitar Favourites (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) In decades to come this will remain a testament to superb guitar playing, refined interpretations and good taste [ZT]

Jones: Chamber Music (Lyrita)

Neo-classical music creates a bittersweet harmonic and melodic sound world [JF]

Luxembourg Contemporary Music 3 (Naxos)

Little-known music, well worth hearing; Kontz’s and Dartevelle’s works stand out [HC]

Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi (Opera Rara)

The best of a composer forever doomed to dwell in Verdi’s shadow, performed by a first-rate cast and starring the great Nelly Miricioiu [RMo]

Rachmaninov: Sentimental Moments (Hungaroton)

A very auspicious recording debut [JQ]

Sparks of Spirit (Audite)

This brother and sister team are winning in this engaging programme [RCh)

Strauss: Piano Quartet & Metamorphosen (B Records)

Good performances but there are preferable versions of the main work [SB]

Aho: Contrabassoon & Tuba Concertos (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Merely broaden your horizons or enter an entirely new world, either way – this is something special [DC]

Brahms: Viola Sonatas (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Very fine performances of these late works [MC]

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Bloch, Bruch & Dohnányi: Cello & Orchestra (Claves)

An impressive young cellist in an attractive programme [RWe]

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Erica Morini (violin) The Complete Victor Recordings (Pristine Audio)

Youthful Erica Morini’s earliest recordings from New Jersey show her scintillating in morceaux [JW]

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Peace I leave with you – Music for the Evening Hour (Coro Magdalen)

A discerningly chosen programme given accomplished performances [JQ]

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Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (BR Klassik)

A lovely supplement to the complete live recording in much better sound [RMo]

Donizetti: La favorite (Naxos)

Javier Camarena as Fernand is worth a listen, but the singing on the whole is too compromised for a general recommendation [GF]

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J S Bach: The First Cantata Year Vol 1 (Hänssler Classic)

Given the quality of the existing cycles, this is a brave project but a very fine start [DJB]

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Nicola Benedetti (violin) Szymanowski, Saint-Saëns & Chausson (Deutsche Grammophon)

Quite a debut – a truly excellent Szymanowski [CC]

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Warner Classics)

A welcome return to the catalogue of an excellent performance [RJF]

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Sonata No 14 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Overall, this is an unsatisfying and disappointing CD [PBW]

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Raff: Welt-Ende – Gerich – Neue Welt (cpo)

Raff’s survey of ‘the Last Things’ contains some surprisingly enterprising and original writing [PCG]

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Erato)

Thrilling Orfeo ed Euridice starring Jakub Józef Orliński [DF]

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Mahler: Symphony No 3 (BR Klassik)

Flawlessly played, beautifully gauged and balanced and in spectacular sound, this is a lovely souvenir of the late Jansons’ prowess as a Mahler conductor [RMo]