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Damase: Orchestral Works v2 (Dutton)

Superbly performed concertante music by a French neo-classical conservative [NB]

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Wilhelm Grosz (conductor) 1933: Les Chefs proscrits (Forgotten Records)

The protean but short-lived Wilhelm Grosz in popular fare from Weimar Berlin [JW]

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Pristine Audio)

A deeply touching Butterfly and a thrilling Pinkerton who are all the more striking in Pristine’s vivid remastering [RMo]

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Korngold: A Portrait for Piano (TRPTK)

This homage is a gem for admirers of Korngold’s music [GF]

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20th Century Works for Flute and Orchestra (Centaur)

(Déjà Review) A delightful anthology … tunefulness and brevity [HC]

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Debussy & Mozart: Songs (ECM)

(Déjà Review) Banse’s subtle, dark-toned soprano is ideal for this material [TH]

Mascitti: Sonate a Tre, Opera Prima (Challenge Classics)

An excellent composer whose sonatas are done full justice here [JV]

Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe (C Major)

A fine cast of singers are thrown out to sea by a pointless, dismal production [MP]

Mozart: Mozart, You Drive me Crazy! (Alpha Classics)

Attractive in every respect to lovers of Mozart, or of opera in general [GF]

A Gardener’s World (Rubicon)

A varied and engaging recital, performed with style and commitment [JQ]

Nielsen: Flute Concerto, Symphony No. 3 (Chandos)

Vibrant performances of Nielsen’s masterpieces, but the competition is formidable [LW]

Auric: Beauty and the Beast (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A most desirable release recommended to film buffs and anyone with interest in 20th Century French music [HC]

Bach: Piano Transcriptions Volume 5 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Milne’s playing also reflects his love of this demanding yet rewarding repertoire [TB]

Rheinberger & Mendelssohn: Choral Works (Pentatone)

A marvellous exhibition of unaccompanied choral singing [JQ]

Mozart: Symphonies 9, 14, 20 & 24 (Genuin)

Not everything gels perfectly, but when it does Klumpp impressively catches Mozart’s sense of adventure in a whole new world [MG]

Lambert: Music for Brass and Organ (Toccata Classics)

Fine performances of fine music [WK]

Fučík: Dances & Marches (Marco Polo)

Enjoyable world premiere recordings of long-lost music [RM]

Sibelius: Rondo of the Waves (BIS)

(Déjà Review) Exalted performance values and rare vintage Sibelius [RB]

Pärt: Passio (St John Passion) (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Spotless intonation, and a clear sense of the rhythmic ebb and flow, world class [KS]

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Debussy & Strauss (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

An auspicious launch for the Melbourne Symphony’s own label [JQ]

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d’Indy & Magnard: Piano works (Piano Classics)

d’Indy’s sonata is impressive but Magnard’s Promenades are more entertaining [SB]

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J S Bach: Guitar Transcriptions (Naxos)

One of the best guitar recordings of music by JS Bach [ZT]

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Margola: Music for Violin, Piano & Orchestra (Brilliant Classics)

This disc provides a good opportunity to make the acquaintance of a talented and affable composer [GPu]

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Sculthorpe: Music for Cello (Tall Poppies)

If you don’t know Sculthorpe, you should and this disc would provide an ideal introduction [NHo]