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Roy Westbrook

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]

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Puccini: Il trittico (Unitel Edition)

The superb Asmik Grigorian sings all three female leads in the generally impressive performances from the 2022 Salzburg Festival [RWe]

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Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky: Romances (Pentatone)

An attractive selection from this marvellous repertoire, very well performed [RWe]

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Thorvaldsdottir: Archora & Aiōn (Sono Luminis)

Indispensable accounts of two recent works by a unique voice in contemporary music [RWe]

Schubert: Stimme der Liebe (Somm Recordings)

A fine recital by one of great Schubert interpreters – more please! [RWe]

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Works for Cello & Piano (LAWO Classics)

An attractive programme, expertly performed [RWe]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]