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Corfield Godfrey: The Nightingale and the Rose (Prima Facie)

Admiringly appraised … a contemporary ‘take’ on romantic and lush impressionism [RB]

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Decca)

A recording for the ages, revealed in full splendour in a new re-mastering [JQ]

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Orfeo)

A colourful Wagnerian romp with two outstanding interpreters among the large cast [MP]

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Handel: Acis and Galatea (Decca)

A thoroughly welcome reissue that enshrines many of the virtues Handelian performance in the ‘pre-authentic’ era [PCG]

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Pfitzner: Das Christ-Elflein (Orfeo)

Probably the most recommendable of the three recordings of Pfitzner’s Christmas tear-jerker despite its drawbacks [PCG]

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Handel: Semele (Opus Arte)

A modern take on a Handelian opera which for once makes dramatic sense, and is good fun as well [PCG]

Lincke: Frau Luna (cpo)

A rare example of German operetta, well performed but flawed yet again by inadequate documentation [PCG]

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The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

Admirers of music for Military Band and its performing traditions will enjoy this diverse programme [NB]

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The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

A timely and enjoyable celebration of music for royal occasions [WH]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Decca)

A classic Wagner recording in magnificently remastered sound [JQ]

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Rameau: Platée (Bel Air Classiques)

Laurent Pelly’s production has matured with age and Brownlee gives the performance of his career in the title role [MP]

Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (Naxos)

Cavalieri’s pioneering work given a modern interpretation with mixed results [PCG]

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Sir Adrian Boult: The Decca Legacy Vol. 2 (Eloquence)

Boult’s Deccas handsomely boxed; two Messiahs, Acis and miscellaneous recitals [JW]

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Hedges: Kingston Sketches (Naxos)

Another enjoyable reissue in the Naxos series of British light music [PCG]

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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinky: Mavra (Bayerische Staatsoper)

A marriage made in hell does no favours to either partner – perhaps we might hope for a divorce? [PCG]

2023 MWI Recordings of the Year

The twenty-first year that MusicWeb International’s reviewing team has nominated their recordings of the year.

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (Opus Arte)

A superbly realised version of Tchaikovsky’s essentially domestic opera avoids any elements of tragic inflation [PCG]

Schreker: Der Schatzgräber  (Naxos)

A first video release of a rare Schreker opera deserves a heartfelt welcome [PCG]

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Britten: War Requiem (Decca)

A landmark recording revealed in the stunning realism of a new transfer on SACD [JQ]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

Wilson and Co triumph yet again [DMD]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

An enthusiastic welcome for a newly edited score of Ravel’s balletic masterpiece [PCG]

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Chandos)

A wonderfully refined and also exciting new version [SB]

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Egk: Columbus (Orfeo)

An operatic rarity returns to the catalogue, and remains a worthwhile encounter [PCG]

Corigliano: The Lord of Cries (Pentatone)

An astounding new opera from John Corigliano receives a benchmark performance [PCG]