Chopin: Études Op.10 & 25 (Decca)

Spectacular in every respect [SG]

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Chopin: Études (Decca)

These Études aspire to a narrative unlike any other recording ever made – and is often remarkable in doing that [MB]

Zemlinsky: Lyrische Symphonie, Symphonische Gesänge (Decca)

A very valuable disc of Zemlinsky’s sharply contrasting scores [JQ]

Gershwin: Gershwin Rhapsody (Decca)

The concert platform meets Broadway in this thoroughly enjoyable disc of piano music and songs by Gershwin [PT]

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Debussy: Jeux, Poème Dansé (Decca)

A fine follow-up to Klaus Mäkelä’s previous Stravinsky disc [JQ]

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1-7 & Tapiola (Decca)

Another way to skin the Sibelian cat – and enjoy sound of unparalleled depth and clarity [RMo]

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Puccini: Il trittico (Decca)

Not a first choice recording but worth spending some time with for a few excellent individual contributions [MP]

Leoni: L’Oracolo (Decca)

Worth getting to know even in a less than successful recording [MP]

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Decca)

The last instalment of the Decca ‘Ring’ enhanced by remastering in magnificent sound [JQ]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Decca)

A classic Wagner recording in magnificently remastered sound [JQ]

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Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (Decca)

An incandescent central performance heads an excellent ensemble cast under Mackerras’ renowned leadership [MP]

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Rossini: L’italiana in Algeri (Decca)

A pleasing but hardly essential recording of Rossini’s opera, noteworthy for being the first recorded in stereo [MP]

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Britten: Albert Herring (Decca)

A touchstone recording which is hard to beat for its general excellence and superbly detailed sound [MP]

Ponchielli: La Gioconda (Decca)

Perhaps not the finest La Gioconda recording but a deeply satisfying one nonetheless [MP]

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Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena (Decca)

Not ideal in every respect, this recording is a fine achievement nonetheless [MP]

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Verdi: Macbeth (Decca)

A recording of power and presence, but with some really disfiguring cuts to the music [MP]

Donizetti: La fille du régiment (Decca)

Sign me up for this regiment: this recording is as good as it gets [MP]

Lise Davidsen (soprano): Christmas From Norway (Decca)

Be sure this makes it under your next Christmas tree [MP]

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A Choral Christmas (Decca)

Beautiful sounds in big-boned arrangements which are best sample piecemeal rather than all at once [MP]

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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Decca)

This remains a powerful experience 49 years after its initial release [MP]

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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]

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Wagner: Lohengrin (Decca)

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

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Britten: War Requiem (Decca)

A landmark recording revealed in the stunning realism of a new transfer on SACD [JQ]

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Decca)

More than justifies the hype surrounding this young violinist [DMD]