Tudor church 7210

Tudor Church Music (Tudor)

A reissue devoted to a director and choir less well remembered for their early music recordings [JW]

Paray piano CC006

Paray: Piano Works Vol. 2 (Ciar)

Attractively conceived music, well played [SG]

Mozart Salieri requiem CVS078

Mozart & Salieri: Requiem (Chateau Versailles)

A very interesting pairing on a single CD but the performance achieves mixed results [MP]

Mendelssohn jahr DACOCD957

Fanny Mendelssohn: Das Jahr (Danacord)

A powerful work of considerable creative strength and technical proficiency [JF]

Mahler symphonies 900719

Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (BR Klassik)

Clarity, flexibility, detail and beautiful playing here but inconsistent as a set; some symphonies are superlative, others lack excitement [RMo]

Wolf Christmas 5555242

Wolf: Christmas Cantatas (CPO)

Another major step towards a reassessment of Wolf’s oeuvre [JV]

Cliburn Moscow 09026626952

Van Cliburn in Moscow (RCA)

Fine performances somewhat compromised by indifferent sound [RMo]

Humperdinck: Der Blaue Vogel (Capriccio)

A premiere recording of an incandescent lost score [MP]

Holst choral SOMMCD279

Holst: Choral Works (Somm)

A significant release of Holst’s sacred choral music [JF]

Handel ballo 7197

Handel: Ballo per Orchestra (Tudor)

Instrumental ‘highlights’ culled from Handel’s oratorios and operas [JW]

Dvorak album 19658710672

The Dvořák Album (Sony)

A striking release of Dvořák’s chamber music from Jan Vogler and friends [MC]

Psalms SIGCD721

The Psalms (Signum)

A rather wonderful experience spiritually, historically and, of course, musically [ST]

Hahn Eclipse 4862383

Hilary Hahn (violin) Eclipse (DG)

Blistering Ginastera sandwiched between rather average Dvořák and Sarasate [DMD]

Beethoven quartets CDR90000215

Beethoven: String Quartets Vol. 3 (Cedille)

Serene accounts characterised by beauty of tone and homogeneity of phrasing [RMo]

Goodwin orchestral 8555193

Goodwin: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

Light Music certainly, but of real and lasting quality [DJB]

Franck piano EPRC0048

Franck: Piano Works (Evil Penguin)

A well-considered programme, polished playing, but I miss the grander passions [RCh]

Hartmann piano DACOCD950

Hartmann: Piano Works vol. 4 (Danacord)

This specialist-market disc will appeal to enthusiasts of Danish music and romanticism [JF]

Kudelko time

Klaudia Kudelko (piano) Time (C2)

Combustible Bacewicz and Chopin from a terrific young pianist [DMD]

Silvestrov requiem 900344

Silvestrov: Requiem (BR Klassik)

A moving personal dedication to his wife by Ukraine’s greatest living composer [GT]

Mossberg songs harp CDA18452

Torsten Mossberg (tenor) Harp Songs (Sterling)

A somewhat unusual combination of composers but it works splendidly and is another feather in Mossberg’s by now well-adorned cap [GF]

Mahler symphony OC1717

Mahler: Symphony 2 (Oehms)

A fine, flexible, sensitive reading somewhat hampered by a lack of sheer weight in the orchestra [RMo]

Husum piano DACOCD949

Piano Rarities at Husum 2022 (Danacord)

Husum surprises and delights once more [RCh]

Hindemith duos 95756

Hindemith: Piano Duos (Brilliant)

A mixed bag, but with two masterpieces [SB]

Tabakov symphonies TOCC0636

Tabakov: Symphonies Vol. 7 (Toccata)

A disc that lovers of contemporary music will find fascinating and hugely rewarding [SA]