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145 reviews completed so far this month

Joseph Bodin DE BOISMORTIER (1682 -1765) Music for flute, viola da gamba & b.c. - Umbra Lucis Ens rec. 2017 BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95754 [62:35] [JV] First-class entertainment, but the choice of instruments is debatable.

Gabriel DUPONT (1878-1914) Les Heures dolentes; Jour d’Été; Le Chant de la Destinée - Royal PO Liège/Patrick Davin rec. 2018 FUGA LIBERA FUG751 [57:59] [JW] Intensity, poignancy and vehemence.

Mikhail IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1859-1935) Symphony No. 1, Turkish Fragments - Singapore SO/Choo Hoey rec. 1984 NAXOS 8.573508 [55:50] [SV] Music unmistakably in the Russian romantic tradition, played with empathy and enthusiasm.

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) The Cunning Little Vixen - Louise Adler, Jenny Carltstedt, Frankfurt Opera & Museum O & Ch/Johannes Debus, Markus Ehmann rec. 2016 OEHMS CLASSICS OC982 [60:02 + 30:38] [LW] A new Cunning Little Vixen to challenge Mackerras, but not supplant it.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde - Anna Larsson (contralto) Stuart Skelton (tenor) Düsseldorf SO/Adam Fischer rec. 2018 AVI MUSIC 8553407 [61.33] [PCG] A recording of Das Lied which bears comparison with the very best of its highly distinguished competition.

Alan RICHARDSON (1904-1978) Piano Music - Martin Jones (piano) rec. 2017/18 LYRITA SRCD381 [72:18] [RHa] An introduction to a sadly forgotten figure whose agreeably crafted piano music may well appeal to British music aficionados.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphonies 1-6 - Paris Opera O/Philippe Jordan rec. 2017 ARTHAUS MUSIK Blu-ray 109379 [3 discs: 340 mins] [RC] A true winner.

Giulini in Boston Works by Dvořák, Haydn, Rossini & Tchaikovsky - Boston SO/Carlo Maria Giulini rec. 1962 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC559 [59:05 + 53:50] [JQ] A unexpected and welcome opportunity for admirers of this great conductor to hear him at work with one of the USA’s leading orchestras.


[New] Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel - a survey by Ralph Moore

[New] Piano Trio Discography & Review Index: N, O, P & Q composers compiled by David Barker

[New] Blandine Verlet - an obituary by Kenneth Shenton

A Dozen Obscure Favorites by Andrew Hartman

Massenet's Werther - a survey by Ralph Moore

The Swing of the Pendulum - George Lloyd and the Crisis of Romanticism by Peter Davison

Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila - a survey by Ralph Moore


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