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120 reviews completed so far this month

Mason BATES (b 1977) Children of Adam Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Dona Nobis Pacem - Richmond SO & Ch/Steven Smith rec. 2017/18 REFERENCE RECORDINGS FRESH! FR-732 [61:17] [JQ] Well-recorded and -performed accounts of two very different Whitman-inspired choral works.

Carlo GESUALDO (1566-1613) Madrigali a cinque voci - Exaudi Vocal Ens/James Weeks rec. 2019 WINTER & WINTER 910 259-2 [60:31] [DC] If you are keen on Gesualdo’s Madrigali then you owe it to yourself to acquire this recording.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) St. Cecilia Mass Georges BIZET(1838-1875) Te Deum - Angela Maria Blasi (soprano) Christian Elsner (tenor) Dietrich Henschel (baritone) Munich Motet Ch & SO/Hans Rudolf Zöbeley rec. 1996 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC19046 [60:21] [EJW] Beautifully performed.

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Langsamer Satz - Airis String Qt rec. 2018 CD ACCORD ACD 245-2 [63:09] [JW] Persuasive accounts.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.1 - Minnesota O/Osmo Vänskä rec. 2018 BIS BIS2346 SACD [56:45] [MW] A wonderfully insightful, if slightly unusual, interpretation of a great symphony: worth the attention of any serious Mahlerian.

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) La bohème – Jussi Björling (tenor) Victoria de los Ángeles (soprano) Columbus Boys’ Ch, RCA Victor Ch & O/Sir Thomas Beecham rec. 1956 PRISTINE AUDIO PACO164 [53:43 + 53:31] [RMo] Pristine gives a classic recording new life with this remastering into Ambient Stereo.

Michel YOST (1745-1801) Clarinet Concertos Johann Christian VOGEL (1756-1788) Symphony - Susanne Heilig (clarinet) Kurpfälziches Kammer O/Marek Štilek rec. 2017 CPO 555 191-2 [73.17] [CR] An entertaining disc of clarinet concertos from late 18th century Paris.

Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria Binchois Consort/Andrew Kirkman rec. 2018 HYPERION CDA68274 [66:17] [SSi] The Binchois Consort prove that there is lots to enjoy in English music before Byrd and Tallis.

Stravaganza Italian music from 1550-1700 - Sara Águeda (arpa doppia) Javier Núñez (harpsichord) rec. 2017 DUX 1567 [65:08] [JV] A colourful programme of instrumental music, a perfect illustration of some features of a period of experimentation and improvisation.

The Yiddish Cabaret Works by Korngold, Schulhoff & Desyatnikov - Hila Baggio (soprano) Jerusalem Qt rec. 2018 HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902631 [59:54] [RHa] The Korngold is the standout here, although the song cycle is colourfully written and superbly performed.

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