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Szymanowski: Hagith (Polish Ministry of Culture)

A reissue of a unique and valuable recording undermined by catastrophic failures of presentation [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]

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Wagner: Golden Ring (Decca)

A sampler for the newly remastered Decca/Solti Ring demonstrates that the improvements are more than simply cosmetic [PCG]

Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

An imaginative and involving production, but flawed by some intrusive and insensitive vulgarities [PCG]

Joyce: Caravan Suite (Naxos)

An interesting compilation of music by the “English waltz king” who outlived his era by half a century [PCG]

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 6 & 9 (Pristine)

Pristine remastering of the first Boult cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies reaches a triumphant conclusion [PCG]

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Hedges: Kingston Sketches (Naxos)

Another enjoyable reissue in the Naxos series of British light music [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: 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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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 7 & 8 (Pristine)

Another triumph for Pristine’s re-masterings of the Boult/Decca cycle [PCG]