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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]

Lincke: Frau Luna (cpo)

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

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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]

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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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]

Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (Naxos)

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

Barber: The Complete Songs (Brilliant Classics)

What should have been an important and innovative release ruined by basic failures of presentation [PCG]

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Two world première Britten recordings remastered by Pristine make an enticing offering [PCG]

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Herrmann: Wuthering Heights (Chandos)

Extracts from an almost unknown superb opera raise hopes for a new complete recording [PCG]

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Herrmann: Wuthering Heights (Chandos)

Cathy finally comes home in Herrmann’s magnum opus superbly performed [NB]

Rossini: Il turco in Italia (C Major)

A delightfully entertaining modern take on Rossini brings overtones of Fellini to the action [PCG]

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Opus Arte)

Sir Bryn Terfel triumphs in Mussorgsky’s original vision of his conscience-stricken Tsar [PCG]

Listening Studio Report

by John Quinn

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Fine historical performances indispensable to any Britten collection [WH]

Jonathan Tetelman (tenor) The Great Puccini (DG)

A star Is born! Let’s hope he will resist overexposure [GF]

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Kõrvits: The Sound of Wings (Ondine)

A beautiful new work from Estonia which will add to the growing reputation of the composer [PCG]

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opus Arte)

A superior reissue of Peter Hall’s other superlative Britten production from Glyndebourne [PCG]

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Rodgers: Oklahoma! (Chandos)

A ground-breaking recording of a ground-breaking American musical [PCG]

Corigliano: The Lord of Cries (Pentatone)

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