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Puccini: Turandot (Warner Classics)

A fine entry to the Turandot discography with the original conclusion by Alfano [LD]

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 7 & 9 (Hyperion)

A fine conclusion to Martyn Brabbins’ distinguished Vaughan Williams symphony cycle [JQ]

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Brussels Trio Sonatas (Etcetera Records)

An interesting production, because of the repertoire and the instruments of the performers [JV]

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Adès: The Dante Project (Opus Arte)

A triumphantly achieved Royal Ballet production can now be watched at home [RMay]

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Poulenc: Piano Works (Danacord Records)

Affectionate, elegant and sophisticated performances [JF]

Janácek, Brahms, Bartók: Violin Sonatas (Alpha Classics)

Two firecracker performers strike a storm of sparks off one another [DMD]

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Alkan: Piano Concerto (Naxos)

A recording that romantic era piano fanciers will have to have [RB]

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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Nimbus Records)

A recording that romantic era piano fanciers will have to have [PGW]

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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]

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Lovesick (Signum Classics)

Lovely love songs, best taken in small doses for maximum effect [GF]

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Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Legends (Forgotten Records)

A strong performance, if sometimes tending towards literalness [PBW]

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Vaughan Williams: Live Vol. 4 (SOMM Recordings)

More treasures lovingly restored – but without the revelations of the earlier volumes [NB]

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Music for Strings (Chandos)

An absolutely outstanding disc containing some of the best of English string music [EJW]

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Henley: Piano Works (Bridges Records)

Variety, not uniformity: drama, quiet lives and noble protest [RB]

Gomes: Salvator Rosa (Regis)

(Déjà Review) One can but thank Dorset Opera for their enterprise [CF]

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Brahms: Symphony 1, Alto Rhapsody (Dutton)

(Déjà Review) A must have for all historical devotees [GFe]

A Tribute to Pauline Viardot (Aparté)

Viotti’s range and diction are to be admired [MC]

Lipkin: Piano Works (Lyrita)

Not especially tough or unforgiving yet exerts a spell that stirs the heart and the mind [RB]

Titelouze: Hymnes de l’église (Aeolus)

A revelation [SG]

Netzel, Sandström, Tarrodi: Piano Concerti (BIS)

A master pianist in music written for (and by) him – a voyage of discovery [WH]

Havergal Brian: Symphonies No. 8, 9, 22, 24 (Heritage)

Brilliant re-masterings of superb, and possibly definitive, recordings [JF]

The Monteverdi Organ (Brilliant Classics)

Groundbreaking from the perspective of performance practice [JV]

The Making of a Medium Vol. 1 (Crystal Records)

(Déjà Review) A fine selection [RB]

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A reference disc for these timeless variations for many years to come [GFe]