May 2024

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Shostakovich: String Quartets (Signum Classics)

The Carduccis’ Shostakovich: control and catharsis [NC]

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Jacqueline Delman (soprano) More from my archives (Oak Grove)

A valuable documentation of Delman’s versatility, musically, repertoire-wise and linguistically [GF]

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Rodrigo: Orchestral Works v4 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Amongst the most atmospheric and delicious works that I have experienced in some time [KS]

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Mendelssohn: Octet & Sextet (Delos)

(Déjà Review) A real winner in terms of repertoire, performance, interpretation, sound quality and sheer enjoyment [MC]

Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Pristine Audio)

The culmination of a great Ring cycle has a place among the best: scintillating singing, playing and conducting [RMo]

Bertin: Fausto (Bru Zane)

The first-ever Faust opera based on Goethe – and from a feminine perspective [PCG]

Bruckner: From the Archives, Volume 1 (SOMM Ariadne)

The auspicious launch of what promises to be a Bruckner series of uncommon interest [JQ]

Tchaikovsky, Korngold: String Sextets (Hyperion)

Two delightful string sextets, expertly played [SB]

Elisabeth Schumann (soprano): Elisabeth Schumann’s Swan Song (Parnassus)

Late recordings, issued in their entirety for the first time, do not show the much loved soprano at her best [PT]

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Kabeláč: Complete Chamber Music (Capriccio)

An important set from a composer who had much to say, and said it without any compromise [HC]

Piston: Symphony No. 4, Capriccio, Three New England Sketches (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A must-buy featuring some truly outstanding 20th century American music [NH]

Mozart: Arias, Symphony No. 38 (Opus Arte)

(Déjà Review) Excellent performances of these great works [PSh]

Bach JS: Sonatas and Partitas (BIS)

Dazzling virtuosity, sometimes at the expense of the music [ZT]

Beethoven: String Quartets Vol 1 (Chandos)

A very promising beginning to the Doric’s Beethoven cycle, marked by excellent engineering, superb emotion, and precise attention to detail [MZ]

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Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (Profil)

A magnificent account of the last version of Bruckner’s most approachable symphony, beautifully played in ideal recorded sound [RMo]

Sacred Treasures of Venice (Hyperion)

A fine young male choir in known and little-known repertoire [GH]

Seither: Lauschgut. Works for (Inside) Piano (Kairos)

Seither’s piano oeuvre is conceptually consistent and superbly executed here, but it’s patently not for everyone [RH]

Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations (Ondine)

A fine survey of Tarkiainen’s recent work, and a great introduction to her attractive sound world [HC]

Elgar: Enigma Variations (Hallé)

(Déjà Review) A radiant account of Enigma [CF]

Jongen: Cello Concerto & Impressions d’Ardennes (Cyprès)

(Déjà Review) Cyprès have done a sterling job kicking over the predictable traces [RB]

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The Queen’s Masque (Coviello Classics)

The music can’t fail to entertain, but the performances are not really satisfying [JV]

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JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (BIS)

Excellent and compelling [SG]

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Center: Instrumental & Chamber Music Vol 3

The final instalment of Christopher Guild’s imaginative survey of Center’s piano music [JF]

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Bruckner: Symphony 7 (Capriccio)

A patchy account, hobbled by a particularly egregious bit of tinkering with the codas of the first movement and the finale [RMo]