Kapsberger tedesco HMM902645

Kapsberger: Il Tedesco (Harmonia Mundi)

Kapsperger’s vocal oeuvre is very well served here [JV]

Mozart Martini 7211

Classical Piano Concertos (Tudor)

A staple Mozart concerto joined by two rarities [JW]

Rameau zoroastre 891

Rameau: Zoroastre (Alpha)

The original version of Zoroastre, substantially different from the usually performed revision, superbly presented here [RWe]

Schulhoff shapeshifter DE3566

Schulhoff: Shapeshifter (Delos)

A great introduction to the achievement of an unjustifiably less well-known composer [JF]

Szymanowski stabat C210311

Szymanowski: Stabat Mater (Orfeo)

Penderecki’s Dies Irae is frighteningly powerful, but Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater is given an underwhelming performance [SW]

Oropesa french PTC5186955

Lisette Oropesa (soprano) Arias (Pentatone)

A delight from start to finish [MC]

Handel Messiah Eboracum

Handel: Messiah (Eboracum)

Overall, an accomplished and enjoyable performance of Messiah [JQ]

Mahler symphonies 900719

Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (BR Klassik)

Clarity, flexibility, detail and beautiful playing here but inconsistent as a set; some symphonies are superlative, others lack excitement [RMo]

Mendelssohn jahr DACOCD957

Fanny Mendelssohn: Das Jahr (Danacord)

A powerful work of considerable creative strength and technical proficiency [JF]

Mozart Salieri requiem CVS078

Mozart & Salieri: Requiem (Chateau Versailles)

A very interesting pairing on a single CD but the performance achieves mixed results [MP]

Paray piano CC006

Paray: Piano Works Vol. 2 (Ciar)

Attractively conceived music, well played [SG]

Tudor church 7210

Tudor Church Music (Tudor)

A reissue devoted to a director and choir less well remembered for their early music recordings [JW]

Wolf Christmas 5555242

Wolf: Christmas Cantatas (CPO)

Another major step towards a reassessment of Wolf’s oeuvre [JV]

Cliburn Moscow 09026626952

Van Cliburn in Moscow (RCA)

Fine performances somewhat compromised by indifferent sound [RMo]

Humperdinck: Der Blaue Vogel (Capriccio)

A premiere recording of an incandescent lost score [MP]

Holst choral SOMMCD279

Holst: Choral Works (Somm)

A significant release of Holst’s sacred choral music [JF]

Handel ballo 7197

Handel: Ballo per Orchestra (Tudor)

Instrumental ‘highlights’ culled from Handel’s oratorios and operas [JW]

Dvorak album 19658710672

The Dvořák Album (Sony)

A striking release of Dvořák’s chamber music from Jan Vogler and friends [MC]

Psalms SIGCD721

The Psalms (Signum Classics)

A rather wonderful experience spiritually, historically and, of course, musically [ST]

Hahn Eclipse 4862383

Hilary Hahn (violin) Eclipse (DG)

Blistering Ginastera sandwiched between rather average Dvořák and Sarasate [DMD]

Beethoven quartets CDR90000215

Beethoven: String Quartets Vol. 3 (Cedille)

Serene accounts characterised by beauty of tone and homogeneity of phrasing [RMo]

Goodwin orchestral 8555193

Goodwin: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

Light Music certainly, but of real and lasting quality [DJB]

Franck piano EPRC0048

Franck: Piano Works (Evil Penguin)

A well-considered programme, polished playing, but I miss the grander passions [RCh]

Hartmann piano DACOCD950

Hartmann: Piano Works vol. 4 (Danacord)

This specialist-market disc will appeal to enthusiasts of Danish music and romanticism [JF]