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Wagner: Orchestral Music (Deutsche Grammophon)

Classic Kubelík, wonderful Wagner [LD]

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Rameau: Platée & Dardanus Suites (Conifer Classics)

Selections from Rameau return to the catalogue in style [JW]

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Mahler: Songs (Sony Classical)

Lovers of great Lieder singing should have this in their collection [RMo]

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Bruckner: Symphony 5 (Philips)

(Déjà Review) A classic recording rightly restored to the catalogue in good sound and an example of Jochum’s Bruckner at its best [TD]

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Dvořák: Slavonic Dances (Sony Classical)

A reissue of an imperishable “classic of the gramophone” – the greatest music of its genre in the best of 60s stereo sound [RMo]

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Alkan & Liszt: Piano Works (RCA)

Utterly commanding – refuses to let you do anything other than flinch, succumb, brave it out and celebrate [RB]

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Copland: Symphonies (RCA)

A welcome return to the catalogue of this valuable version of Copland’s early symphonies [SB]

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Bernstein: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

Essential, authentic listening for admirers of Leonard Bernstein [JQ]

Handel: Water & Fireworks Music (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) An example that big can be beautiful too! [GFe]

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Dvořák: Symphony 6 (Sony)

An affectionately played trio of works by Dvořák at his most typically exuberant [RMo]

Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works (RCA)

Responds to every seething texture, supple moment and elemental fury [RB]

R Strauss: Orchestral Works (RCA)

A welcome re-issue of three justly famous Strauss recordings in superb sound [RMo]

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Bowles: Orchestral and Vocal Music (RCA)

Writer and composer Paul Bowles restored on disc [JW]

Prokofiev: Symphony & Suites (RCA)

Bland interpretations further compromised by compressed digital sound – stick to classic, vintage accounts [RMo]

Jascha Heifetz: The Heifetz Collection Vol 35 (RCA-BMG)

Vivid and admirable shorter pieces but a Mendelssohn that has a heart of jagged tin [RB]

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Gershwin: Fascinating Rhythm (RCA)

A welcome back to this astutely selected slice of Gershwin on Broadway [JW]

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Handel: Acis and Galatea (Decca)

A thoroughly welcome reissue that enshrines many of the virtues Handelian performance in the ‘pre-authentic’ era [PCG]

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Bernstein: How Now, Dow Jones (RCA)

A Broadway flop takes a bow [NB]

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Van Cliburn in Moscow (RCA)

Fine performances somewhat compromised by indifferent sound [RMo]

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Bernstein conducts Stravinsky (DG)

A flawlessly played, atmospherically interpreted and beautifully presented collection of Stravinsky’s three major ballets with interesting bonuses [RMo]