Déjà Reviews

Re-published reviews from the archive

Hahn VC PC Maguelone MAG 111.106

Hahn: Violin Concerto & Piano Concerto (Maguelone)

A truly enchanting album calculated to chase away the winter blues [IL]

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Biber: Harmonia artificiosa (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) It will be very difficult to find a performance which more convincingly explores these brilliant compositions [JV]

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Mischa Maisky (cello) & Martha Argerich (piano) In Concert (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A magnificent triumph for all concerned [CC]

Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies (BIS)

(Déjà Review) This is a challenging and absorbing listening experience [PJL]

A Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (Avie)

(Déjà Review) The most exciting high baroque choral vocal music you will hear anywhere [PSh]

Reich trains MO782167

Reich: Different trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (Naïve)

A must-have for any serious music lover [KS]

Engish Guitar Concertos Ogden Chandos CHAN9963

English Guitar Concertos (Chandos)

The strong personality of dedicatee Julian Bream is ever present, but Ogden more than rises to the task. A fine disc [AD]

messiaen vingt regards rca

Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant-Jésus (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A recording notable for Serkin’s deep understanding of the composer’s sound-world and its emotional extremes [BH]

busoni sonatinas centaur

Busoni: Sonatinas (Centaur)

(Déjà Review) Slotchiver is an ardent disciple of Busoni and her playing is authoritative [CSS]

Dupré: Organ Works Volume 6 (MDG)

(Déjà Review) Recommended without reserve – player, music and instrument are perfectly matched [GS]

Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) I’ve little doubt it will be the definitive version for many years to come [AO]

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Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Naxos)

Alsop’s Brahms series has gotten off to an excellent start [PCW]

RStrauss Ariadne Auf Naxos Sinopoli DG 4713232

R Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Deutsche Grammophon)

A reminder of all the strengths of this cruelly-underrated conductor/composer. Certainly, this is a major addition to the Strauss discography [CC]

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Biber: Violin Sonatas (ECM)

(Déjà Review) I’ve been returning to this superb disc again and again over the past few weeks [GS]

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Beethoven: Piano Trios (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) It’s difficult adequately to describe the essential rightness of these performances [SV]

Alfvén: Symphony No. 4, Festival Overture (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Should win many new friends for Alfvén’s music [WT]

The Nightingale and the Sparrow (Guild)

(Déjà Review) Plenty to enjoy in this delicate, yet never lightweight, repertoire [PW]

Harmony coro COR16010

An Eternal Harmony (Coro)

A well-balanced recital, beautifully sung, mixing old and new [RH]

Holmboe Preludes for Sinfonietta v2 Dacapo 8.224124

Holmboe: Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol 2 (Dacapo)

Anyone who loves the symphonies will find these works as satisfying as the larger pieces. They are easy to listen to, once the Holmboe idiom has been assimilated, and will repay the listener ten times over [JP]

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Wagner: Lohengrin (Decca)

(Déjà Review) This set wins hands down [JP]

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) In playing and interpretation it takes its place among the finest [TD]

Diamond: String Quartets – Vol. 2 (Albany)

(Déjà Review) Scorchingly committed performances and recording of these monuments of twentieth century music-making [RB]

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Bellini: La Sonnambula (Warner Classics)

Anyone contemplating purchase of this set will be buying it for Maria Callas, and it is worthwhile for this alone [JP]

Bernstein Symphonies Slatkin Chandos CHAN9889

L Bernstein: Jeremiah and Age of Anxiety (Chandos)

This disc in excellent sound is a worthy alternative to the composer’s own [JW]