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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]

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Rachmaninov: Symphonies (Naxos)

Slatkin’s cycle emphasises the composer’s structural mastery [PCG]

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Blow/Purcell: Operas (Opus Arte)

A delightful baroque double bill in an enjoyable period production and setting [PCG]

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Handel: Semele (Opus Arte)

A modern take on a Handelian opera which for once makes dramatic sense, and is good fun as well [PCG]

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Szymanowski: Hagith (Polish Ministry of Culture)

A reissue of a unique and valuable recording undermined by catastrophic failures of presentation [PCG]

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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinky: Mavra (Bayerische Staatsoper)

A marriage made in hell does no favours to either partner – perhaps we might hope for a divorce? [PCG]

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Wagner: Golden Ring (Decca)

A sampler for the newly remastered Decca/Solti Ring demonstrates that the improvements are more than simply cosmetic [PCG]

Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

An imaginative and involving production, but flawed by some intrusive and insensitive vulgarities [PCG]