January 2023

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 6 & 9 (Pristine)

Pristine remastering of the first Boult cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies reaches a triumphant conclusion [PCG]

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Opera – The Autobiography of the Western World

Enjoyable and engaging if not fulfilling [MMB]

Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works (RCA)

Responds to every seething texture, supple moment and elemental fury [RB]

Nelson Freire (piano): The Unreleased Recordings (Decca)

Previously unreleased Nelson Freire recordings enrich the catalogue [JW]

de Lalande: Les soupers du roi (Château de Versailles)

Lively and colourful performances of Louis XIV’s favourite music [JV]

British Choral Anthems (Naxos)

This recording of the Five Mystical Songs is touched by greatness [JQ]

Lutyens: Piano Music Vol. 2 (Resonus)

Jones strikes gold again [DMD]

Schulhoff: Piano Concerto (Hänssler)

Two of Schulhoff’s finest works, both well performed and recorded [MC]

The Silver Swan (Convivium)

A clever conjoining of British song-writing contemporaries [JW]

Musique lyrique pour cor et piano (Danacord)

A rewarding exploration of a variety of virtuosic works – technical wizardry and sheer lyricism [JF]

Boult (conductor) Decca Legacy Vol. 3 (Eloquence)

Boult the accompanist and symphonic conductor straddling the mono/stereo divide [JW]

Cooke: Organ Music (Toccata)

An absorbing exploration of most of Arnold Cooke’s organ music [JF]

Farrenc: Piano Works Vol. 1 (Grand Piano)

Marvellous playing here highlighting the splendid writing of this neglected composer [RCh]

Howells: Piano Music Vol. 2 (Naxos)

An important survey played with skill, insight and care [NB]

Martinů: Larmes de couteau (Capriccio)

Martinů’s one-act operas heard in persuasive, lively performances [JW]

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Matiegka: Sonatas for Guitar (Bridge)

An outstanding, indeed revelatory recording which makes an irresistible case for Matiegka’s sonatas [GPu]

Eugene Ormandy (conductor) (Testament)

An interesting document, but only the Emperor adds significantly to the discography [SV]

R Strauss: Orchestral Works (RCA)

A welcome re-issue of three justly famous Strauss recordings in superb sound [RMo]

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Hand: Collection (Prima Facie)

A great introduction to the composer’s oeuvre [JF]

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Dreyer: Sacred Music (Brilliant)

Dreyer’s works are well worth the efforts to save them from the effects of a flood [JV]

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The Brahms Connection (Quartz)

Stunning recorded sound, superlative performances of rare repertoire- an absolute winner! [DMD]

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Vaughan Williams: Extravaganza (Pristine)

Enlightening recordings by Boult of Vaughan Williams’ folk song suites and dance music [GT]

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Sharon Bezaly (flute) Synergy (BIS)

Creative programming; superior renditions [ZT]

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Fritz Kreisler: Bell Telephone Vol. 3 (Biddulph)

Kreisler’s 1945-50 radio broadcasts continue with a consistently good selection [JW]