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Monday December 16th
107 reviews completed so far this month

Daniel François Esprit AUBER (1782-1871) Le Maçon - Walter Anton Dotzer (tenor), Franz Fuchs (baritone), Tonkünstler-O Niederösterreich/Kurt Tenner rec. 1950 ORFEO C985191 [52:48] [RJW] Performances are very acceptable, and the orchestra is particularly well rehearsed.

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) La nonne sanglante - Michael Spyres (tenor) Vannina Santoni (soprano) Accentus Chamber Ch, Insula O/Laurence Equilbey rec. 2018 NAXOS NBD0097V Blu-ray [143 mins] [PCG] Let us welcome a chance to hear this rarity.

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Complete Symphonic Works - WDR SO/Eivind Aadland rec.  2009-14 AUDITE 21.439 SACD [5 discs: 327:16] [NB] Beautiful music, well played but ultimately uncompetitive.

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Aram KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978) Spartacus - Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. 2019 ONYX 4211 [73:51] [CR] Don’t judge the book by its cover – some fascinating Russian music, gloriously played.

The deeper the blue… Works by Vaughan Williams, Hesketh, Dutilleux and Ravel - Janet Sung (violin), Simon Callaghan (piano), Britten Sinfonia / Jac van Steen rec. 2018 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD275 [72:21] [DC] An unusual but highly successful programme.

A Fearful Fairy Tale Helena Basilova (piano) rec. 2019 TRPTK TTK0041 [60:10] [JW] Basilova proves a thoughtful and sensitive guide.

Her Voice Works by Beach, Clarke & Farrenc - Neave Trio rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20139 [72:04] [SG] Three trios, each displaying a unique voice and distinct style.

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) Wien - Vienna PO/羋醡 Fischer rec. 2019 SONY 19075950412 [77:57] [GF] Kaufmann even in less than mint condition is still worth a listen.

Nowell Synge We Bothe Al And Som Gothic Voices rec. 2018 LINN CKD591 [77.10] [GH] Enough here to enjoy and some very fine singing indeed.

Ripples Clarion CRYSTAL RECORDS CD961 [64:10] [MR] An organ and trumpet duo which has inspired five original and distinctive pieces by contemporary American composers.

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