Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Dynamic)

A modern-dress production that plays it pretty straight, and a very strong singing team [ST]

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D’Alay: The Dresden Concertos (Dynamic)

Pleasant, undemanding and unremarkable [DJB]

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Dynamic)

A spectacular staging of a visually impressive and finely performed Ring from Bulgaria [GT]

Bellini: Bianca e Fernando (Dynamic)

A first video release of Bellini’s early work features some attractive singing and an elegant, if quirky, production [MP]

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Mascagni: L’amico Fritz (Dynamic)

The Pavarotti- Freni recording still reigns, but this newest version is a worthy competitor [GF]

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Porpora: L’Angelica (Dynamic)

This world premiere recording is an appetising taster for more Porpora [GF]

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Mayer: Piano works (Dynamic)

Attractive miniatures in the mould of Schumann and Mendelssohn [RCh]

Malipiero: String Quartets (Dynamic)

A welcome reissue of Malipiero’s compact cycle [JW]

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Carulli: Rediscovered (Dynamic)

Will challenge entrenched attitudes toward the solo music of Ferdinando Carulli [ZT]

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (Dynamic)

Another impressive release by the Donizetti Opera festival, uncut and on original instruments [RWe]

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Verdi: French Rarities (Dynamic)

One new Verdi discovery combined with some previously released material, all neatly performed [MP]

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Stradella: La Circe (Dynamic)

This recording shows that Stradella was one of the great composers of the 17th century [JV]

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A Breath Between the Strings (Dynamic)

The British Harmonica School in safe Italian hands [JW]