May 2024

Musique Française pour Clavecin de Lacour Forgotten FR2203

Marcelle de Lacour (harpsichord): Musique Française pour Clavecin (Forgotten Records)

The long-lived harpsichordist Marcelle de Lacour in fine French Baroque repertoire [JW]

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Tchaikovsky: Orchestral works (Chandos)

A very enjoyable Tchaikovsky collection, vividly played and recorded [JQ]

Deja Rachmaninov Symphs 1-3 Ormandy Sony SB2K63257

Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos 1-3 (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) A burnished classic of the gramophone [RB]

Deja Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Rostropovich Warner 3712342

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) A stunning recording – overcome your prejudice and buy it [RMK]

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Serenade, I Miss You (Oak Recordings)

An interesting glimpse into the musical activities in the capital of Texas [GF]

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Art Songs of the Jewish Diaspora (Acis)

Milhaud and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are just two composers contextualised in this wide-ranging programme [JW]

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Moravec: Orchestral Works (BMOP Sound)

Well played diverse scores receiving committed performances [NB]

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Cristal Bello (Vanitas)

A rewarding collection with a clear historical purpose, though it delights at least as much as it educates [GPu]

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Maguire: Dystophilia (Neuma Records)

A pair of apocalyptic electroacoustic realisations; intriguing in their conception but not for listeners of a nervous disposition [RHa]

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Mischa Levitzki (piano) Complete HMV Recordings (APR)

Lots to enjoy from this pianist who died too young [RCh]

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Stölzel : Cantatas for Pentecost 1737 (cpo)

(Déjà Review) Cantatas by Bach’s contemporary, which turn out to be of superior quality [JV]

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Schumann: Piano Works (Oehms Classics)

(Déjà Review) A major recording achievement [JL]

Trio Brax: Works for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano (LAWO Classics)

Interesting and engaging repertoire expertly played and recorded [MB]

Joseph Szigeti (violin): Complete AFRS Recordings and Live Performances (Biddulph)

An attractive programme of rare items from Szigeti’s discography [JW]

Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies (National Symphony Orchestra)

Not distinguished or consistent enough to rank alongside the best cycles [JQ]

Nocturne, et lumineux: Music for cello and piano (TRPTK)

Superb playing of music that needs to be better known [SG]

Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Cockaigne Overture  (Oehms Classics)

A swift, cohesive, sensitive and beautifully played account of the greatest English symphony [RMo]

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Delius: Hassan (Chandos)

The warmest welcome for a superb new realisation of Delius’s greatest work of incidental music [PCG]

Mozart: Don Giovanni (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) This well sung performance in traditional sets and costumes will provide much enjoyment [RJF]

Mignone: Orchestral works (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Brilliant, colourful music by a South American composer whom you will want to get to know better [PSh]

Kraus: Overtures (cpo)

If you don’t know Kraus’s music, give this a try; if you do, enjoy these performances [DJB]

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (BR Klassik)

A disappointingly dull reading in mediocre sound [RMo]

Chopin: Études Op.10 & 25 (Decca)

Spectacular in every respect [SG]

Jos Van Immerseel (harpsichord) Le clavecin à Paris au XVIIIe siècle (Channel Classics)

A compelling survey of French harpsichord composing and harpsichord making in the 18th century [JV]