Déjà Reviews

Re-published reviews from the archive

Handel Deborah Naxos 8.554785-87

Handel: Deborah (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Tread carefully, and be warned: if you give this modestly-priced issue a miss, you’ll be depriving yourself of some truly wonderful music, expertly executed [PJL]

Rozsa String Quartets Flesch ASV CDDCA1105

Rózsa: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) A real winner and warmly recommended with the secret hope that ASV will next turn to the String Trio and Piano Quintet [HC]

blyton choral upbeat

Blyton: Choral Works (Upbeat Records)

(Déjà Review) This music, simply delightful as it is, could well change your life [GH]

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Lehár: Die lustige Witwe (Naxos Historical)

(Déjà Review) Good sound, excellent playing and glorious singing [GF]

Arnold: Overtures (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Hugely entertaining music conducted with incisiveness and flair [JQ]

Chopin: Nocturnes (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A Chopin player of decided viewpoints [JW]

Scharwenka: Complete Chamber Music (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Highly attractive romantic music caught in the web of ley lines between Schumann and early Fauré [RB]

Brahms: Violin Concerto, Clarinet Quintet (Music & Arts)

(Déjà Review) Lyrical intensity, seamless affection [JW]

Fathom five DACOCD607

Full Fathom Five (Danacord)

Altogether a pleasurable experience [RB]

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Fauré: Complete Songs Vol. 2 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) This disc has given me enormous pleasure and will continue to do so [JQ]

Bax SQ 1&2 Maggini Naxos 8555282

Bax: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) You must hear this! One of 2001’s top ten classical discs. Roll on the Naxos/Maggini Third Quartet – a work of symphonic impact and scale [RB]

Popes and Antipopes Metronome METCD1008

Popes and Antipopes (Metronome)

(Déjà Review) There were times listening to this deeply impressive recording when I wondered whether the Orlando Consort were not, after all, the greatest ensemble of its kind anywhere. It’s that kind of disc [JW]

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C Stamitz: Cello Concertos (Claves)

(Déjà Review) Wonderfully wrought works, full of catchy, instantly memorable melody and magnificently harmonious [TM]

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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Playing of great intelligence, intellectual rigour and keen spontaneity [TH]

Schubert: Mayrhofer-Lieder Volume 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding contribution to lieder on record [CH]

Turina: Serenata, String Quartet, Las Musas de Andalucía (Claves)

(Déjà Review) Each work is well worth hearing, and the Serenata is considerably more than that [CW]

Satie Piano Works RCA 09026 639762

Satie: Piano Works (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Remarkably subtle, giving due weight where required without missing any sense of fun [TH]

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Erato)

(Déjà Review) A dramatic rendition of Ruy Blas completes this most appealing new issue [TB]

Dupre Calvaire GMCD7239

Dupré: La France au Calvaire (Guild)

A major work by Dupré. Very strongly recommended [JQ]

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Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Much of its freshness of character comes from the fact that so many young people are involved [WH]

Lindberg Cello Concerto Sony SK89810

Lindberg: Cello Concerto (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) These dedicated performances by artists enjoying a long association with Lindberg’s music cannot be bettered, and are superbly recorded [HC]

Strauss Hindemith Horn Concertos Dennis Brain EMI GROC 7243567782

R Strauss & Hindemith: Horn Concertos (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the greatest instrumentalists of the 20th century in some of its juiciest music – it’s a disc you can’t really afford to miss [GPJ]

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Bizet: Carmen (Opus Arte)

An altogether outstanding record of a thrilling event [TH]

couperin keyboard naxos

L Couperin: Keyboard Works (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An affirmative and joyful way with Couperin [JW]