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Glass: Signature (Analekta)

For the Glass waverers out there, this might be the disc that dispels doubts [DJB]

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R Strauss: Choral works (Hyperion)

Choral singing of formidable accomplishment [JQ]

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Fairy Tales (Quartz)

An eclectic programme, dynamically played if lacking complete virtuosic ease [NB]

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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Deutsche Grammophon)

Freshness, new life, vitality and a wealth of new insights are bought to this oft-recorded work [SG]

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Mozart: Piano concertos (Academy of Ancient Music)

A total delight [ST]

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Puccini: I Canti (BR Klassik)

A disc that no Puccini admirer can dispense with [GF]

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Rossini: Semiramide (Decca)

A feast of stylish bel canto singing for the two stars but the rest of the cast can only struggle though [MP]

Harmony coro COR16010

An Eternal Harmony (Coro)

A well-balanced recital, beautifully sung, mixing old and new [RH]

Maderna Venetian Journal Bonolis Dynamic CDS8008

Maderna: Serenata per un satellite & other works (Dynamic)

An important Maderna monograph seems to fill some gaps in the catalogue. One for the specialist, however, rather than the general listener [RHa]

Arwel Hughes Saint David Rubicon RCD1100

Hughes: Oratorio – Dewi Sant (Rubicon)

A fine new recording of a Welsh oratorio [JQ]

Mozart Violin Sonatas Armstrong Capucon DG 4864463

Mozart: Sonatas for Piano & Violin (Deutsche Grammophon)

A magical new recording of the Mozart sonatas for piano and violin [RMa]

Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Hengelbrock Prospero PROSP0088

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Prospero)

The original version of Mascagni’s masterpiece unfortunately let down by singing that cannot do justice to the music or drama [MBu]

Wranitzky String Quartets CPO 5554662

Wranitzky: String Quartets (cpo)

A good introduction to the chamber music of a marginalised composer [SA]

Mustonen Symphs 2 3 Turku PO Ondine ODE14222

Mustonen: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3 (Ondine)

Two attractive works by this gifted Finnish composer [SB]

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Dreams Desires Desolation – English Song (Divine Art)

An interesting disc of English Parlour Songs suffers from a lack of personality and variety [PT]

Holmboe Preludes for Sinfonietta v2 Dacapo 8.224124

Holmboe: Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol 2 (Dacapo)

Anyone who loves the symphonies will find these works as satisfying as the larger pieces. They are easy to listen to, once the Holmboe idiom has been assimilated, and will repay the listener ten times over [JP]

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The Great Organ of Aarhus Cathedral (Danacord)

Superb performances, great sound quality, brilliant documentation and rewarding programming [JF]

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Don’t Forget About Me (Toccata Press)

A powerful and moving study of a potential great of Czech 20th Century music [NB]

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Bruckner: Symphony 8 (Fontec)

Another decent performance blighted by the conductor’s very audible vocal intrusions [RMo]

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Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Coro)

A fascinating portrait of Striggio, but the performances are rather disappointing [JV]

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Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles (Seattle Symphony Media)

This gorgeous recording now becomes my prime recommendation [DMD]

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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (Sony Classical)

A near total success that still wins the day among available recordings [MP]

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Sciarrino: Paesaggi con macerie (Kairos)

A remarkably original voice in contemporary Italian music [GH]

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Wagner: Lohengrin (Decca)

(Déjà Review) This set wins hands down [JP]