In The Shadows – recital (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3 (Warner Classics)

Arrau’s Chopin enjoys something of classic status, and here are two perfect examples of why this is so [CC]

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Weber: Oberon (RCA)

Weber’s magical score is lovingly presented on this fine set [MP]

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Weber: Der Freischütz (Deutsche Grammophon)

One might go hunting for a more complete version of this opera, but this one does the trick in most respects [MP]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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Phases (Musica Solis)

Impeccably performed easy-listening entertainment in the best sense of those words, but the playing time could have been more generous [GF]

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Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Complete Acoustic & Selected Electric Recordings (APR)

A wonderful completion of APR’s series exploring Backhaus’ exciting early recording career [RCh]

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The Paris Opera 1900-1960 (Malibran Music)

Ten very well-filled discs documenting six glorious decades at the Paris Opera [RMo]

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Weber, Schumann, Strauss: Horn concerti (Chandos)

A delightful collection [SB]

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Otto Klemperer (conductor): The Remastered Edition (Warner Classics)

Klemperer consolidated; his full Warner legacy in best-yet transfers [JW]

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Weber: Oberon (Philips)

(Déjà Review) Playing and singing beautifully tailored to the score; an endless kaleidoscope of subtle colours [MC]

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Romantic Clarinet Quintets (Musical Concepts)

A warmly textured and rubato-conscious performance from an experienced clarinettist and chamber colleagues [JW]

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Weber: The Clarinet as Prima Donna (Evil Penguin)

Thoroughly musical, but rather plain, sober and lacking in panache [PBW]