Reviews

Review of Buzz Brass: Inspirations

Buzz Brass: Inspirations

Buzz Brass’s previous recordings have included a version of The Planets for an expanded ensemble including organ and ‘Preludes and...

Analekta
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 01/2020

Review of A Black Birch in Winter: American and Estonian Choral Music

A Black Birch in Winter: American and Estonian Choral Music

Voces Musicales are an Estonian chamber choir founded in 1999. Their only other disc currently available in Presto Classical’s database...

MSR Classics
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 01/2020

Review of REALE Caldera with Ice Cave

REALE Caldera with Ice Cave

In an absorbing album of music written since the turn of the century, Paul Reale displays his Prospero-like command of...

MSR Classics
Reviewed by Laurence Vittes in issue: 02/2020

Review of MASLANKA Symphony No 10, 'The River of Time'

MASLANKA Symphony No 10, 'The River of Time'

When David Maslanka died on August 7, 2017, barely five weeks after his wife and three weeks shy of his...

Navona
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 02/2020

Review of Amy Yang: Resonance

Amy Yang: Resonance

On paper, the idea of Bach’s Fourth Partita and Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze bookending the recorded premiere of Caroline Shaw’s 14-minute Gustave...

MSR Classics
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 02/2020

Review of Maija Kovalevska: Majesty

Maija Kovalevska: Majesty

The Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska first came to prominence in 2006 when she won Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition, which led...

Odradek
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 02/2020

Review of Roberto Alagna: Caruso 1873

Roberto Alagna: Caruso 1873

What’s this? Roberto Alagna singing Colline’s Coat Aria from La bohème? Has he followed other tenors in (mis)appropriating baritone and...

Sony Classical
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 02/2020

Review of WEBER Der Freischütz (Janowski)

WEBER Der Freischütz (Janowski)

With a project as well realised as this, one reflects how Weber and Kind’s great 1821 work may still be...

Pentatone
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 02/2020

Review of VERDI La Traviata (Manacorda)

VERDI La Traviata (Manacorda)

Can it really be 25 years since the BBC ripped up the television schedules at short notice to broadcast the...

Decca
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 6/2001

Review of SMYTH Fête Galante LEHMANN The Happy Prince

SMYTH Fête Galante LEHMANN The Happy Prince

I have a pet theory that certain composers do their finest work with their lightest touch – and if you’ve...

Retrospect Opera
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 02/2020

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