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Rossini: La donna del lago (C Major)

Rossini standards held high in a new production of The Lady of the Lake [PCG]

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Prokofiev: Cinderella (Opus Arte)

Frederick Ashton’s pioneering ballet returns to Covent Garden in a brand new production [RMay]

Puccini: Tosca (Unitel Edition)

The staging will divide opinion, but watch, listen, and let the performers convince you [WH]

Prokofiev: Cinderella (Opus Arte)

A highly imaginative rendition of Prokofiev’s ballet in Ashton’s timeless choreography [RC]

Delibes: Lakmé (Naxos)

A musically splendid new video production of Delibes’s opera can do little to mask the more unsavoury aspects of the story [PCG]

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Donizetti: La favorite (Dynamic)

“La favorite” is well served in a complete new edition, well sung and staged [RWe]

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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta & The Nutcracker (C Major)

A conflation of opera and ballet, well-staged and performed, more than a seasonal song-and-dance show [RWe]

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Andrea Bacchetti (piano): In Concert (Monarda Music)

More than just a souvenir of a fine recital [DC]

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Puccini: Tosca (Unitel Editions)

Three impressive lead singers in a remarkably innovative staging which leaves the historic context far behind [RWe]

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Hélène Grimaud (piano) Mozart & Schumann (C major)

A very fine orchestra and pianist in a concert of some distinction [RWe]

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Opus Arte)

Dame Janet Baker’s unparalleled stage performance of Orfeo makes a triumphant return to the catalogues [PCG]

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Rossini: La donna del lago (C Major)

A musically outstanding but unusual production of Rossini’s splendid opera [RWe]

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Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 (Dynamic)

A long awaited cycle that is ultimately disappointing [LD]

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Henze: Royal Winter Music (NovAntiqua)

Three hours of enlightenment and entertainment [ZT]

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (Opus Arte)

A superbly realised version of Tchaikovsky’s essentially domestic opera avoids any elements of tragic inflation [PCG]

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Humperdinck: Königskinder (Naxos)

Impressive and likely to remain unchallenged for a very long time [MP]

Schreker: Der Schatzgräber  (Naxos)

A first video release of a rare Schreker opera deserves a heartfelt welcome [PCG]

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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Opus Arte)

(Déjà Review) Truly magical – the ideal family Christmas present [IL]

Giordano: Andrea Chénier (Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings)

This superb version shows the work to be better than its reputation [RWe]

Donizetti: Don Pasquale (Opus Arte)

Well received when launched, with good singing and staging, this problematic production treats the title role unsympathetically [RWe]

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Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 (Dynamic)

A refreshing survey of the Beethoven symphonies from Zubin Mehta [GT]

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Humperdinck: Königskinder (Naxos)

An enjoyable production of Humperdinck’s King’s Children, beautifully performed in effective modern staging [EJW]

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Schreker: Der Schatzgräber (Naxos)

A musically and emotionally intense opera by a composer at the peak of his career [EJW]

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (Unitel Edition)

Powerful performances, but spare and drab staging [LW]