Jouissons Cyrille Dubois Aparte AP319

Cyrille Dubois (countertenor) (Aparté)

Eminent solo singing and fine music making with many first recordings [GF]

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Sitt: Viola and Piano works (Eudora)

Salon-scaled charmers from a significant teacher and performer [JW]

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Halévy: La Juive (Malibran)

A compilation of superb recordings by some of the finest voices in this neglected opera [RMo]

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Becker: Sacred Concertos & Sonatas (cpo)

Excellent performances of the complete sacred works of Dietrich Becker [JV]

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Thorvaldsdottir: Archora & Aiōn (Sono Luminis)

Indispensable accounts of two recent works by a unique voice in contemporary music [RWe]

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Żeleński: Janek (Naxos)

A buttoned–up attempt to transfer verismo opera to Poland, simply misses the point [MP]

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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

(Déjà Review) This really is sitting at the feet of the master [PW]

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Barber: Orchestral Works Vol 5 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Very fine indeed – Knoxville is a particularly conspicuous success [JQ]

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Bernstein: Music for String Quartet (Navona)

An important addition to Bernstein’s catalogue [JF]

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Britten: Noye’s Fludde (Pristine Audio)

Fine historical performances indispensable to any Britten collection [WH]

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Altus)

Schippers’s great Osaka Die Walküre is one of the great treasures of the Wagner discography [MB]

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Aureliano Pertile (tenor) Disques Columbia (Malibran-Music)

A compilation demonstrating the versatility and musicality of Toscanini’s favourite tenor [RMo]

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Karczyński: Organ Works (Ars Sonara)

A pleasurable first encounter with organ works which cry out imploringly for wider currency [SG]

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Thomas Jensen (conductor) Legacy Vol. 18 (Danacord)

Core repertory from Thomas Jensen in authoritative performances [JW]

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Shostakovich: Symphonies 13-15 (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Not comfortable listening but some of the greatest written in the 20th century [GPJ]

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Villa-Lobos: Chôros 1-7 (ASV)

(Déjà Review) Close your eyes and conjure your own veranda [RB]

Weill: Propheten, Four Walt Whitman Songs (Capriccio)

This legendary work turns out to be more a curiosity than a masterpiece [SB]

Mozart: Symphonies No. 34-36 (Hänssler Classic)

Played with sincerity, but the competition is fierce [MC]

Sounds and Sweet Air – A Shakespeare Songbook ( BIS)

This fine, imaginative album will entertain and enlighten [JQ]

Parry: Scenes from Shelley’s ‘Prometheus Unbound’, Blest Pair of Sirens (Chandos)

Parry’s Wagnerian dilemmas encountered in this premiere recording [JW]

Johnson: De Organizer, The Dreamy Kid (Naxos)

An interesting pair of early operas with roots in the African-American musical tradition [GF]

Talbot: Like water for chocolate (Opus Arte)

This highly-praised Royal Ballet production intrigues and delights [RMay]

Rorem: Symphonies No. 1-3 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Three remarkable and previously unrecorded American Symphonies from a composer more noted for his vocal music [PSh]

Puccini: Le Villi (naïve)

(Déjà Review) Not just for anoraks, this is a marvellous introduction to Puccini [CF]