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Rossini: La donna del lago (C Major)

Rossini standards held high in a new production of The Lady of the Lake [PCG]

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Puccini: Symphonic Suites (Signum Classics)

Newly edited Puccini operatic suites receive glowing performances [PCG]

Delibes: Lakmé (Naxos)

A musically splendid new video production of Delibes’s opera can do little to mask the more unsavoury aspects of the story [PCG]

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Opus Arte)

Dame Janet Baker’s unparalleled stage performance of Orfeo makes a triumphant return to the catalogues [PCG]

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Wagner: Siegfried (BR Klassik)

Simon Rattle’s traversal of the Ring finally reaches Siegfried, with highly recommendable results [PCG]

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (Opus Arte)

A superbly realised version of Tchaikovsky’s essentially domestic opera avoids any elements of tragic inflation [PCG]

Schreker: Der Schatzgräber  (Naxos)

A first video release of a rare Schreker opera deserves a heartfelt welcome [PCG]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

An enthusiastic welcome for a newly edited score of Ravel’s balletic masterpiece [PCG]

Corigliano: The Lord of Cries (Pentatone)

An astounding new opera from John Corigliano receives a benchmark performance [PCG]

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Rodgers: Oklahoma! (Chandos)

A ground-breaking recording of a ground-breaking American musical [PCG]

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Egk: Columbus (Orfeo)

An operatic rarity returns to the catalogue, and remains a worthwhile encounter [PCG]

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opus Arte)

A superior reissue of Peter Hall’s other superlative Britten production from Glyndebourne [PCG]

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Kõrvits: The Sound of Wings (Ondine)

A beautiful new work from Estonia which will add to the growing reputation of the composer [PCG]

Britten: Albert Herring (Opus Arte)

An unmatchable and irreplaceable video makes a welcome return to the catalogues [PCG]

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Opus Arte)

Sir Bryn Terfel triumphs in Mussorgsky’s original vision of his conscience-stricken Tsar [PCG]

Rossini: Il turco in Italia (C Major)

A delightfully entertaining modern take on Rossini brings overtones of Fellini to the action [PCG]

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Herrmann: Wuthering Heights (Chandos)

Extracts from an almost unknown superb opera raise hopes for a new complete recording [PCG]

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Two world première Britten recordings remastered by Pristine make an enticing offering [PCG]

Lincke: Frau Luna (cpo)

A rare example of German operetta, well performed but flawed yet again by inadequate documentation [PCG]

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Elfman: Violin Concerto (Naxos)

A clever coupling by Falletta and Naxos [PCG]

Barber: The Complete Songs (Brilliant Classics)

What should have been an important and innovative release ruined by basic failures of presentation [PCG]

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Wagner: Siegfried (Decca)

Triumph! Rejoice! Victory! Solti’s Ring, at last, as Wagner intended! [PCG]

Cavalli: L’Egisto (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

A welcome sound première recording for one of Cavalli’s more dramatically involving operas [PCG]

Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (Naxos)

Cavalieri’s pioneering work given a modern interpretation with mixed results [PCG]