July 2024

Tartini sonatas C00884

Tartini: Lieto ti prendo e poi (Da Vinci Classics)

These performances bring us very close to the heart of Tartini’s musical thinking and feeling [JV]

Reinecke Sauer CDA68429

Reinecke & Sauer: Piano Concertos (Hyperion)

A welcome addition to Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, containing three widely contrasting works [EJW]

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Zemlinsky: Eine florentinische Tragödie (Pentatone)

A gripping performance of a macabre, strangely compelling work [RMo]

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Fuchs: Orchestral works Vol. 2 (Chandos)

Fuchs writes music we need to hear in these difficult times [PRJ]

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From Shadows to Light. Works for violin & piano (Claudio)

An attractive recital spanning a century of composition [JW]

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Glass: Music with Changing Parts (Orange Mountain Music)

(Déjà Review) As close as Glass ever came to modern jazz and this performance is really quite profound [PG]

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Elgar: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) Rarely, rarely comes an opportunity like this [SHa]

Brahms String Quintets Gringolts BIS 2727 SACD

Brahms: String Quintets (BIS)

Highly accomplished playing of two seminal Brahms chamber works in excellent sound [RMo]

Kapralova Completed Orchestral Works CPO 5555682

Kaprálová: Completed Orchestral Works (cpo)

A good, but not outstanding, collection of Kaprálová’s orchestral music [JW]

Wagner Rheingold Knappertsbusch Pristine PACO210

Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pristine Audio)

This is a rewarding set, and fans of the singers, in particular, will be pleased [SB]

Brouwer Rhapsodies Naxos 8.559933

Brouwer: Rhapsodies (Naxos)

A many faceted and thrilling disc of works by a distinctly individual composer – and all the works are first-time commercial recordings [GF]

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Beach: Piano Music (Hortus)

Fichet fully conveys the heart and intensity of these seductive scores [SG]

Ohana: Orchestral Works (Timpani)

(Déjà Review) Refined and viscerally communicative music – the best possible introduction to Ohana’s idiosyncratic sound world [HC]

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Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen (Arthaus Musik)

(Déjà Review) Mackerras conducts with love and understanding. The pacing is ideal, and the music’s lyrical intensity is experienced at every stage [TB]

Stanfordian Thoughts 27. A Recitation that was and a Ballet that wasn’t

by Christopher Howell

Galilei Lute acis

Galilei: Lute Suites (Acis)

Little-known early baroque lute music played with distinction and style [GH]

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Boult and the BBC Symphony – The Pre-war Recordings Vol. 2 (Pristine Audio)

A sequence of overtures demonstrates the versatility and virtuosity of Boult’s pre-war BBC Symphony [JW]

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Paganini: Violin Concerto No 2 & 24 Caprices (Rhine Classics)

An exciting discovery [SG]

A Chronicle of First Performances in UK Regions 1893-2000

by Alastair Mitchell and Alan Poulton

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By Women: Piano works by Armenian women composers (AGBU)

Arzruni introduces us to a world of powerful, delightful and thoroughly musical compositions [SA]

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Verdi: Il trovatore (High Definition Tape Transfers)

A legendary classic from the early 1950s is resurrected in revelatory high definition sound [GF]

An Interview with author Simon Morrison

by Néstor Castiglione

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Buxtehude: Cantatas (Carus)

(Déjà Review) Diligently, impressively and with consistent success this company is building up a portfolio of very fine discs [JW]

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Martial Singher (baritone) French Opera Arias (Pristine Audio)

(Déjà Review) I defy anyone to play these tracks through once and not do so immediately again [ED]