John Quinn

Listening Studio Report

by John Quinn

Arnold: Overtures (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Hugely entertaining music conducted with incisiveness and flair [JQ]

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

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

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Fauré: Complete Songs Vol. 2 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) This disc has given me enormous pleasure and will continue to do so [JQ]

Sibelius Tone Poems Malkki Helsinki BIS 2638 SACD

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Legends, Rakastava & Karelia Suite (BIS)

Fine performances, presented in exemplary sound [JQ]

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Signum Classics)

A considerable achievement [JQ]

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Dupré: La France au Calvaire (Guild)

A major work by Dupré. Very strongly recommended [JQ]

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Chesnokov: Sacred Choral Music (Naxos)

Fine performances from Cambridge of wonderful choral music by Pavel Chesnokov [JQ]

Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil (Chandos)

Musically and sonically outstanding [JQ]

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Stanford: Shamus O’Brien (Retrospect Opera)

The premiere recording of Stanford’s fourth opera in an excellent performance [JQ]

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Mahler: Symphonies 5, 7 & 8 (Pristine Audio)

A specialist issue, but Mahler devotees and admirers of Sir Adrian Boult will find it fascinating [JQ]

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Tippett: A Child of Our Time (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An indispensable purchase for all admirers of Tippett and all lovers of the English choral tradition [JQ]

Delius: Eine Messe des Lebens (LAWO Classics)

An outstanding recording of Eine Messe des Lebens [JQ]

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Vaughan Williams: A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

Lovers of English song should not hesitate: acquire this disc and gatecrash Uncle Ralph’s musical party [JQ]

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Duruflé: Requiem & Poulenc: Lenten Motets (Hyperion)

There is wonderful French choral music here and it’s expertly performed [JQ]

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Mahler: Symphony 8 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) – A second view: Superbly performed by all concerned and expertly recorded [JQ]

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Strauss: Four Last Songs (Alpha Classics)

A thoughtful project and, as such, a significant addition to the discography of the Vier letzte Lieder [JQ]

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Stölzel: Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld (cpo)

Hearing this very fine performance makes it easy to understand why Bach esteemed Stölzel’s Passion oratorio [JQ]

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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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Rachmaninoff: Symphony 2 & Piano Concerto 2 (Berliner Philharmoniker)

This is in every way a distinguished Rachmaninoff album [JQ]

Mahler: Symphony No 8 (BIS)

Not a library choice but there’s a lot going for this recording of the Eighth [JQ]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Decca)

A classic Wagner recording in magnificently remastered sound [JQ]

Smetana: Má Vlast (Pentatone)

A very enjoyable account of Má Vlast, superbly played [JQ]

Briggs: Hail, gladdening Light (Hyperion)

A memorable disc [JQ]