Recordings of the Month

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MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio (LPO)

A tremendous performance of an important new work by James MacMillan [JQ]

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Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge (PHI)

A rewarding version of Beethoven’s only oratorio [SB]

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Rachmaninov: All Night Vigil (Pentatone)

The famous Vespers, beautifully sung and more intimate than usual but with no lack of gravitas [RMo]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (Exton)

Yet another superb Bruckner recording from a flawless Tokyo orchestra [RMo]

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Naxos)

An innovative and at times challenging production, with high calibre singing and playing [RWe]

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Matiegka: Sonatas for Guitar (Bridge)

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

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The Brahms Connection (Quartz)

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

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Donizetti: Signor Gaetano (Pentatone)

A magnificent full-size portrait of a truly great bel canto artist [GF]

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve (Naxos)

A superlative cast in a crisply modern, but relatively faithful production of a rarely performed opera [MP]

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Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 5 (Alpha)

Another winner in this series of Sibelius symphonies, suites and tone poems [RMo]

Humperdinck: Der Blaue Vogel (Capriccio)

A premiere recording of an incandescent lost score [MP]

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The Art of Vadim Muntagirov (Opus Arte)

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