Déjà Reviews

Re-published reviews from the archive

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 & 7 (Elatus)

(Déjà Review) The real Leningrad Phil of the Soviet era, superbly drilled and directed [JP]

Barchet: Chamber Works (Hänssler Classic)

(Déjà Review) Full marks to Hänssler for giving enduring life to this most attractive and expert craftsman [JW]

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Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (Hyperion)

A superb, lyrical performance of this great music [PSh]

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Sir Arnold Bax: Symphony No. 6 (Naxos)

A thrilling, evocative reading of Bax’s finest symphonic accomplishment [IL]

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Salzedo: String Quartets Nos 2 & 7 (Dutton Epoch)

(Déjà Review) A quartet cycle that must rank as a major achievement in the genre. Performances of great integrity [CT]

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Rota: Film Music (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) The seven-movement ballet suite for La strada is the most significant item here and is worth the price of this CD alone [IL]

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Casella: La Giara (La Bottega Discantica)

(Déjà Review) La Giara is a superbly bubbling brew that demands to be heard – engaging performances too [JW]

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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

Bach: Organ music (Proprius)

(Déjà Review) This organ produces some of the loveliest sounds I have heard for a very long time [GF]

Benjamin: Symphony, Cotilion, North American Square Dance Suite  (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) Benjamin’s light and serious sides generously represented in vivid performances and with recording to match [RB]

Patrick Gallois: French Flute Music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Not only for flautists – enjoyment and stimulation for all [CC]

Alkan: Douze Études dans les Tons Mineurs (ABC Classics)

Stephanie McCallum’s combination of pianism, enthusiasm and completeness cannot be topped [WK]

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A L’Estampida – Medieval Dance Music (Avie)

I can’t imagine any listener being disappointed in this infectious and delightful program [KS]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Opus Arte)

A superb fusion of singing, music and stagecraft [AOz]

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The Score – Interviews with Film Composers (Silman-James Press)

(Déjà Review) This is a book that is well overdue. It is an inside look at the working life of the people who compose for films against ruthless deadlines and the dictates of production teams [IL]

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Dutilleux: Symphony No 2, Métaboles & The Shadows of Time (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) The fine cohesive forces and undeniable emotive power of these pieces should surely serve to guarantee them a lasting place in the repertoire … the more one listens, the more there is to discover [CC]

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Schumann & Brahms: Chamber Music (Naxos Historical)

(Déjà Review) A real feeling here of spontaneity and depth of expression [TH]

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Verdi: Nabucco (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Worth the price for Guleghina’s Abigaille [RJF]

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Vivaldi: Music for the Chapel of the Pietà (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Exuberant and often full of élan and humour [GPJ]

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Tippett: A Child of Our Time (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An indispensable purchase for all admirers of Tippett and all lovers of the English choral tradition [JQ]

Saint-Saëns: Organ music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An excellent opportunity to move beyond the familiar [JF]

Scarlatti: Sonatas (BIS)

(Déjà Review) A pianist to watch out for, and a recording that need not fear critical listening [ED]

Rimsky-Korsakov & Stravinsky: Scheherazade, Song of the Nightingale (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Sumptuous, exciting and wonderfully sensuous [IL]

Raff: String Quartets 6 & 7 (cpo)

(Déjà Review) A talented and wholly convincing composer, able to adapt classical principles and romantic ends [TB}