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Wednesday January 18th
138 reviews completed so far this month

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Le nozze di Figaro - Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) Christa Ludwig (mezzo) Walter Berry (baritone) Ch & O Teatro Colón/István Kertész rec. 1964 VAI AUDIO [GF] This Nozze, warts and all, has a great deal to offer opera lovers but there is also a fantastic bonus.

Ole OLSEN (1850-1927) Orchestral works - Latvian Ntl SO/Terje Mikkelsen rec. 2009 STERLING SACD [JW] A fine showcase for these individual, enjoyable works.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Winterreise - Johan Reuter (bass-baritone) Copenhagen String Qt rec. 2014 DANACORD [JF] Johann Reuter’s performance is stunning, and Krug’s arrangement for string quartet is a revelation.

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Symphonies 1-7, Kullervo - London SO/Sir Colin Davis rec. 2002-08 LSO LIVE [BW] A very competitive reissue, but earlier Colin Davis recordings on Decca and RCA are also well worth considering.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Má Vlast - Bamberg SO/Jakub Hrůša rec. 2015/16 TUDOR SACD [JQ] A very fine achievement.

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Eine Alpensinfonie, Tod und Verklärung - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons rec. 2014/16 BR KLASSIK [MC] A highly desirable album performed by an orchestra who knows this music so well.

Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) The Tallis Edition Vol. 7 - The Cardinall’s Musick/Andrew Carwood rec. 2015 HYPERION [DC] Expose your inner monk.

Jessye Norman (soprano) Salzburg recital - James Levine (piano) rec. 1991 ORFEO [RMo] Norman recorded in her absolute prime.

Pictures Works by Beethoven, Liszt & Mussorgsky - Yuko Batik (piano) rec. 2015 GRAMOLA [DHu] Sumptuous piano sound, but playing that often verges on the robotic.

Straight from the Heart The Chansonnier Cordiforme - Ens Leones rec. 2014 NAXOS [SA] The songs provide a fascinating insight into the concerns of 15th century men and women.

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