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Moriz Rosenthal (piano) Complete Solo Recordings (APR)

The complete recorded legacy of a great Golden Age pianist, ideally transferred to CD [RWe]

Wagner: The Complete Experience and its Meaning to Us (De la Porte Publishing)

Now a truly complete guide to Wagner’s operas, in a fine new edition [RWe]

Shostakovich: String Quartets No 9 & 15 (Signum Classics)

Another fine disc from a quartet close to this repertoire [RWe]

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Bloch, Bruch & Dohnányi: Cello & Orchestra (Claves)

An impressive young cellist in an attractive programme [RWe]

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Essential Royal Ballet; Pas de Deux (Opus Arte)

A fine starter pack for exploring top-notch live ballet on film [RWe]

Cavalli: Il Xerse (Naxos)

A well-sung performance of a little-recorded work [RWe]

Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 (Danacord)

The main works are ill-served by eccentric tempi and phrasing [RWe]

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Donizetti: La favorite (Dynamic)

“La favorite” is well served in a complete new edition, well sung and staged [RWe]

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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta & The Nutcracker (C Major)

A conflation of opera and ballet, well-staged and performed, more than a seasonal song-and-dance show [RWe]

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Puccini: Tosca (Unitel Editions)

Three impressive lead singers in a remarkably innovative staging which leaves the historic context far behind [RWe]

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Hélène Grimaud (piano) Mozart & Schumann (C major)

A very fine orchestra and pianist in a concert of some distinction [RWe]

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Rossini: La donna del lago (C Major)

A musically outstanding but unusual production of Rossini’s splendid opera [RWe]

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A Scarlatti: La sposa dei cantici (Acis)

An Alessandro Scarlatti world premiere in splendid performance [RWe]

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Rhapsody (Channel Classics)

An individual, quite impressive view of these masterworks [RWe]

Giordano: Andrea Chénier (Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings)

This superb version shows the work to be better than its reputation [RWe]

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 & Preludes (Alpha Classics)

The key release of Rachmaninov’s 150th anniversary year – a revelation [RWe]

Donizetti: Don Pasquale (Opus Arte)

Well received when launched, with good singing and staging, this problematic production treats the title role unsympathetically [RWe]

Handel: Un’alma Innamorata (Pentatone)

An ideal introduction to a delightful corner of a great composer’s output [RWe]

Orff: Prometheus (Orfeo)

A very original setting of the Aeschylus tragedy, declaimed and sung in Ancient Greek [RWe]

Roger Norrington (conductor) Sacred Music (SWR Classic)

Choral masterpieces of the 19th century, in stirring performances [RWe]

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (cpo)

A generous collection of Liszt’s piano works, superbly performed, in acceptable sound [RWe]

Russian Violin Concertos (Pentatone)

A worthy reissue of fine accounts in an unusual coupling [RWe]

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Verdi: Requiem (C major)

A superb performance of a work Karajan often conducted, with fine soloists [RWe]

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (Dynamic)

A well-performed Stravinsky masterpiece, and a related work by Pizzetti [RWe]