Göran Forsling

A Fiddlers Last Journey Andersson Sterling CDA1873

A fiddler’s last journey: Songs by Dan Andersson (Sterling)

A worthy conclusion to a valuable series of Swedish song classics [GF]

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Korngold: A Portrait for Piano (TRPTK)

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

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

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

The Golden Age of Hollywood – recital (Quartz)

A fascinating collection of mostly little-known violin works [GF]

Haydn: The Creation (Oehms Classics)

(Déjà Review) A quality product that should give great pleasure to all lovers of this masterpiece [GF]

Donizetti: La favorite (Naxos)

Javier Camarena as Fernand is worth a listen, but the singing on the whole is too compromised for a general recommendation [GF]

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Serenade, I Miss You (Oak Recordings)

An interesting glimpse into the musical activities in the capital of Texas [GF]

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Brahms: German Folk Songs (Apex)

Lovers of this music need both Genz and Schwarzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau [GF]

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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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Lehár: Die lustige Witwe (Naxos Historical)

(Déjà Review) Good sound, excellent playing and glorious singing [GF]

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Michael Spyres (tenor) In The Shadows (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

Bach: Organ music (Proprius)

(Déjà Review) This organ produces some of the loveliest sounds I have heard for a very long time [GF]

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Borgstrøm: Fiskeren (The Fisherman) (Simax Classics)

An interesting rarity, well worth investigating. [GF]


Ponchielli: La Gioconda (Pristine Audio)

No one who loves this opera can afford to be without this recording for Callas’ unique insight into the title role [GF]

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen (Harmonia Mundi)

This 35-year-old recording is still a worthy competitor in a crowded field and the sound comes up as fresh as new paint [GF]

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Angela Gheorghiu: A Te, Puccini (Signum Classics)

Not my cup of tea – in spite of some sensitive, nuanced singing, Gheorghiu’s vibrato is now too much to stomach [GF]

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Puccini: I Canti (BR Klassik)

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

Verdi: Ernani (Naxos)

There are better choices on CD and on video [GF]

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Gill: Love Illuminates (Regent)

Restraint is the key-word here. Joanna Gill’s mottos: love, peace, reconciliation are whispered, not shouted. Smile governs over tears. Light over darkness [GF]

Na’ama Goldman (mezzo-soprano): Legata (Solo Musica)

A fascinating new voice in a programme tied to her cultural heritage but with universal appeal [GF]

Handel: Total Eclipse (Somm Recordings)

Some of Handel’s most beautiful arias in instrumental versions, performed with vitality, sensitivity and rhythmical precision [GF]

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Tosti: Sogno (Pentatone)

A lovely recital with several rarely heard Tosti songs [GF]

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Phases (Musica Solis)

Impeccably performed easy-listening entertainment in the best sense of those words, but the playing time could have been more generous [GF]

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Pristine Audio)

Callas’ stereo remake is a more mature and inward reading of the role – now in even fresher sound [GF]