475 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Profil)

Many first-class performances to celebrate the 475th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Dresden [MC]

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Jacqueline Delman (soprano) More from my archives (Oak Grove)

A valuable documentation of Delman’s versatility, musically, repertoire-wise and linguistically [GF]

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Bizet: L’Arlésienne Complete stage music (SOMM Recordings)

Bizet’s L’Arlésienne returns to its original theatrical roots, and the revelation is enchanting in the hands of Plasson [PCG]

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Bizet: Carmen (Opus Arte)

An altogether outstanding record of a thrilling event [TH]

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New Year’s Concert – Teatro La Fenice 2023 (C Major)

A pleasing concert that will almost certainly cheer you up [MMB]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Gloire immortelle! Grandes oeuvres patriotiques (Château de Versailles)

A pleasant romp through the realm of French patriotic music and beyond [MP]

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Bizet: Carmen (Warner Classics)

The most authentically French recording of Carmen from the stereo era [MP]

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The Degenhof Sessions (Genuin)

A wonderfully entertaining programme with some real treats [RCh}

Mozart: Don Juan (Narodowy Institut Fryderyka Chopin)

A fine performance of an oddball Bizet curiosity, but Mozart’s orchestration and vocal variety are sorely missed [MZ]

Soaked in Colour (Fuga Libera)

There are a few winners here, but no consistency [MP]

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Fatma Said (soprano) (Warner Classics)

A ravishing debut album that heralds a great future for this artist [MP]

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Bizet: Carmen (DG)

(Déjà Review) A great evening at the opera, crowned by Grace Bumbry’s great performance of Carmen [CH]

Valentin Malinin (piano): Laureate Recital (Naxos)

Pianist Valentin Malinin impresses with his technical ability, but with mixed musical results [LW]