Reviews

Review of Steven Masi: Brahmsiana

Steven Masi: Brahmsiana

There have been many fine recordings of Brahms’s Opp 117 and 118 in recent years: Barry Douglas and Jonathan Plowright...

Hyperion
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 01/2020

Review of REALE Stroke of Midnight

REALE Stroke of Midnight

The composer’s booklet note (written in spring last year) here opens in melancholic mood, with the news that he had,...

Naxos
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2020

Review of MOZART Piano Concertos Vol 1 (Anne-Marie McDermott)

MOZART Piano Concertos Vol 1 (Anne-Marie McDermott)

Whether or not this release’s ‘Vol 1’ designation signifies the start of a Mozart piano concerto cycle, it nevertheless showcases...

Bridge
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2020

Review of JS BACH Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 (Juliana Soltis; Mike Block)

JS BACH Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012 (Juliana Soltis; Mike Block)

These releases’ provocative titles suggest that Juliana Soltis and Mike Block are about to knock Bach’s Cello Suites off their...

Bright Shiny Things
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2020

Review of WEILL Street Scene (Murray)

WEILL Street Scene (Murray)

Street Scene appeared on Broadway in 1947 and never returned to the Great White Way. But if it was not...

Bel Air Classiques
Reviewed by Neil Fisher in issue: 03/2020

Review of WAGNER Tristan und Isolde (Tristan und Isolde)

WAGNER Tristan und Isolde (Tristan und Isolde)

German opera still seems slower following up its newcomers than its Italian counterpart (unless we’re talking Jonas Kaufmann). This show...

C Major
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 03/2020

Review of Olga Mykytenko : I vespri verdiani

Olga Mykytenko : I vespri verdiani

‘Is there such a thing as a “Verdian Soprano”?’ asks the booklet to this debut release from Olga Mykytenko. Everyone...

Chandos
Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 03/2020

Review of VERDI Rigoletto (Mazzola)

VERDI Rigoletto (Mazzola)

There’s no denying the star attraction of Philipp Stölzl’s new Rigoletto for the Bregenz Festival: his €8 million set. Of...

C Major
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 03/2020

Review of TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Vedernikov)

TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Vedernikov)

Galina Vishnevskaya, one of the great Tatyanas of the 20th century, vowed never to set foot inside the Bolshoi again...

Bel Air Classiques
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 03/2020

Review of TASCA A Santa Lucia (Frank)

TASCA A Santa Lucia (Frank)

The feared Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick was full of praise for A Santa Lucia but then he was using Tasca’s...

CPO
Reviewed by Peter Quantrill in issue: 03/2020

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