Roy Westbrook

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Thorvaldsdottir: Archora & Aiōn (Sono Luminis)

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

Schubert: Stimme der Liebe (Somm Recordings)

A fine recital by one of great Schubert interpreters – more please! [RWe]

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Works for Cello & Piano (LAWO Classics)

An attractive programme, expertly performed [RWe]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]

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Lully: Acis et Galatée (Dynamic)

A premiere filming of Lully’s major stage work: intelligent production, convincing performance [RWe]

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (BIS)

A very good central interpretation, well played and very well recorded [RWe]

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Mascagni: L’amico Fritz (Dynamic)

A very good way to discover the attractions of Mascagni’s second opera [RWe]

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Stenhammar: String Quartets (BIS)

Distinguished music, including a premiere recording, given committed advocacy [RWe]

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Schubert: Eine Winterreise (Naxos)

Musically excellent and dramatically intriguing re-imagining of Schubert’s story [RWe]

Silvestrov: Silent Songs (DG)

This cycle, like no other, compels attention with its haunting quietude [RWe]

Bruckner: Symphonies 3 & 6 (Unitel Editions)

Today’s pre-eminent Bruckner conductor conducts the essential Bruckner orchestra in superb live accounts of two of the more elusive symphonies [RWe]

Chants nostalgiques (B Records)

Fine performances of central French repertoire for voice and piano quintet, plus an intriguing rarity [RWe]

Poulenc: La voix humaine (Alpha Classics)

A new vocal standard for La Voix humaine, but no translation of the text [RWe]

Sandrine Piau (soprano) Voyage intime (Alpha Classics)

An excellent recital by a distinguished soprano [RWe]

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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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Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

A striking new Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, strongly cast and very well conducted [RWe]

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Mahler: Symphony No 5 (Recursive)

This group quite surpasses its amateur status: a very good account of a demanding score [RWe]

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (Dynamic)

Another impressive release by the Donizetti Opera festival, uncut and on original instruments [RWe]

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Rameau: Zoroastre (Alpha)

The original version of Zoroastre, substantially different from the usually performed revision, superbly presented here [RWe]

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Ravel: Orchestral Works (Ondine)

The two main works here are especially well performed, and in good sound [RWe]