December 2022

Bach Goldberg 541972339

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Warner)

Spirited, mercurial playing, compromised by a poor recording from Warner [RMo]

Leoncavallo Zingari ORC61

Leoncavallo: Zingari (Opera Rara)

An all-round excellent effort to document a forgotten opera that likely won’t be returning to the stage anytime soon [MP]

Kubelik Mendelssohn HC22065

Mendelssohn/Kubelik: Violin Concertos (Hanssler)

The romantic First Violin Concerto of Jan Kubelík receives a premiere recording [JW]

Szeryng rediscovered RH027

Henryk Szeryng (violin) Rediscovered (Rhine)

One of the twentieth century’s greatest violinists, a musical aristocrat with superb polished technique and a phenomenal intellect [SG]

Secret theatre OA1367D

The Secret Theatre (Opus Arte)

A novel and inventive seasonal treat from Scottish Ballet [RMay]

Humfrey choral DCD34237

Humfrey: Sacred Choral Music (Delphian)

Interesting interpretational concept, but musically not really satisfying [JV]

Wagner golden ring 4853364

Wagner: The Golden Ring (Decca)

A glorious sampler heralding a complete project which promises the best sound yet for this greatest of Wagner recordings [RMo]

Hartmann orchestral TOCC676

Hartmann: Orchestral Music Vol. 2 (Toccata)

A great Romantic symphony and an unusual concerto [LD]

Suppe eighty 8574396

Suppé: Die Reise (Naxos)

A musical world tour broadens our knowledge of von Suppé’s considerable output [RMay]

Voyage Orient 207

Le Voyage en Orient (Hortus)

A well executed esoteric program, let down by the lack of useful documentation for the casual listener [MP]

Britten quartets BIS2640

Britten: String Quartets (BIS)

Britten’s music for string quartet, a comprehensive collection [SB]

breath harmonica CDS7965

A Breath Between the Strings (Dynamic)

The British Harmonica School in safe Italian hands

Vaughan Williams symphonies PASC668

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 7 & 8 (Pristine)

Another triumph for Pristine’s re-masterings of the Boult/Decca cycle [PCG]

Thoresen arktis 2L169SABD

Thoresen: Lyden av Arktis (2L)

An Arctic artistic spectacular, but will you be convinced [DC]

Yun Silla BIS2642

Yun: Silla (BIS)

An important release of this major Korean composer’s orchestral masterpieces [GT]

Vivaldi parigi CVS065

Vivaldi: Concerti di Parigi (Château de Versailles)

Not a dull moment, thanks to Vivaldi and the engaging performances [JV]

Pascoe requiem REGCD549

Pascoe: Secular Requiem (Regent)

A major achievement which articulates many profound emotions [JQ]

Cello mork 560

20C Cello Sonatas (Alpha)

Fine performances of four major 20th century cello sonatas [LW]

Salon budapest 99249

Salon de Budapest (Gramola)

Wit and warmth from the Budapest of operetta and salon [JW]

VW symphonies CHSA5303

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies (Chandos/Halle)

Two very highly accomplished sets, either of which any listener would be happy with, but ultimately my heart belongs to the Chandos box [ST]

Chilcott Christmas PRCD1240

Chilcott: On Christmas Night (Priory)

Creditable performances of two attractive works, somewhat compromised by the recorded sound [JQ]

Stravinsky bernstein 4455382

Bernstein conducts Stravinsky (DG)

A flawlessly played, atmospherically interpreted and beautifully presented collection of Stravinsky’s three major ballets with interesting bonuses [RMo]

Balbastre: Suites de Noël (Temperaments)

Baumont does exactly what these suites need to make for a nice hour of listening, not only at Christmastide [JV]

Art muntagirov opus arte OA1359BD

The Art of Vadim Muntagirov (Opus Arte)

You will seldom find better, more compelling or beautiful performances than the ones recorded here [MMB]