Philip Tsaras

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Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana & Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (Pristine Audio)

A pleasure to hear Björling in these excellent Pristine transfers, even if these two roles are not amongst his greatest [PT]

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Mozart: Requiem (BR Klassik)

A good, though not inspired version, which doesn’t compare to an earlier Jansons performance with the Concertgebouw [PT]

Elisabeth Schumann (soprano): Elisabeth Schumann’s Swan Song (Parnassus)

Late recordings, issued in their entirety for the first time, do not show the much loved soprano at her best [PT]

Gershwin: Gershwin Rhapsody (Decca)

The concert platform meets Broadway in this thoroughly enjoyable disc of piano music and songs by Gershwin [PT]

In Relations – song recital (Hänssler Classic)

A young soprano evidently to look out for, in a lovely debut recital [PT]

Sonic Alchemy (Sono Luminus)

An absorbing, rewarding programme, despite reservations about a couple of the performances [PT]

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Sir Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) Sea Songs (Deutsche Grammophon)

A disc to be enjoyed by all but the most curmudgeonly [PT]

Romantic Songs – So tief im Abendrot (Hänssler Classic)

Disappointingly inadequate performances of Lieder arrangements, neither necessary nor desirable [PT]

Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra (Naxos)

Rossini’s rarely performed Elizabethan opera is given a lacklustre performance in the latest in Naxos’s Rossini Wildbad series [PT]

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Pristine Audio)

Pristine refreshes Callas’s 1959 stereo recording and prompts a re-evaluation of its considerable merits [PT]

Schubert: Lieder. Love’s Lasting Power (Delphian)

Two recent competition winners in an impressive debut recital, more than promising [PT]

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Sandrine Piau (soprano) Reflet (Alpha Classics)

An attractive programme of French orchestral songs that will provide much enjoyment, but there are better versions of the well-known songs [PT]

Schubert: Winterreise (Genuin)

An imaginative and thoroughly rewarding re-working of Schbert’s Winterreise for voice, chorus and two accordions [PT]

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Cherubini: Medea (Pristine Audio)

Callas’ stereo studio Medea gets the Pristine XR treatment [PT]

Diana Damrau (soprano): Operette (Erato)

An interesting and unhackneyed programme of operetta arias, with a soprano who possibly divides opinion [PT]

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Dreams Desires Desolation – English Song (Divine Art)

An interesting disc of English Parlour Songs suffers from a lack of personality and variety [PT]

Noel Coward and Friends: A Most Marvellous Party (Signum Classics)

What an absolutely splendid party! Darling, I couldn’t have liked it more [PT]

Puccini: Tosca (Pentatone)

A sonically splendid recording of Tosca overshadowed by ghosts from the past [PT]

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Bellini: Composizioni da Camera (Acte Préalable)

An enterprising collection of Bellini songs is unfortunately let down by less than ideal performances [PT]