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Review of ROSSINI Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra (Fogliani)

ROSSINI Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra (Fogliani)

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra was an important turning point, both in Rossini’s career and in the development of serious opera in...

Reviewed by Richard Osborne in issue: 03/2024

Review of MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana (Hengelbrock)

MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana (Hengelbrock)

Here’s a Cavalleria rusticana with a difference. Not only do Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar Neumann forces offer historically informed...

Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 03/2024

Review of CIMAROSA L'Italiana in Londra (Hussain)

CIMAROSA L'Italiana in Londra (Hussain)

Premiered at Rome’s Teatro Valle in 1779, Cimarosa’s breezy intermezzo comico L’italiana in Londra made his European reputation. Playing on...

Reviewed by Richard Wigmore in issue: 03/2024

Review of CHARPENTIER Médée (Niquet)

CHARPENTIER Médée (Niquet)

This is only the third commercial sound recording of Médée (1693) – the first to come along in nearly 30...

Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 03/2024

Review of BORGSTRØM Fiskeren (Boye Hansen)

BORGSTRØM Fiskeren (Boye Hansen)

I’m all for full-scale operas that clock in under 90 minutes. And that’s far from the only good thing about...

Reviewed by Andrew Mellor in issue: 03/2024

Review of A Gardener’s World : Flowers in Song

A Gardener’s World : Flowers in Song

It’s appropriate that Alessandro Fisher’s debut on Rubicon should be a recording of a recital he gave at Wigmore Hall...

Reviewed by Adrian Edwards in issue: 03/2024

Review of VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 'Retrospect'

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 'Retrospect'

Norman Del Mar’s version of In Windsor Forest (the cantata that Vaughan Williams compiled from his opera Sir John in...

Reviewed by Andrew Achenbach in issue: 03/2024

Review of TOSTI 'Sogno'

TOSTI 'Sogno'

Italian-born Sir Paolo Tosti KCVO (1846-1916) was the toast of Victorian England, singing teacher to the royal family and the...

Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 03/2024

Review of STRAUSS Four Last Songs (Asmik Grigorian)

STRAUSS Four Last Songs (Asmik Grigorian)

Asmik Grigorian is undeniably one of the most exciting operatic talents on the scene today, as formidable performances as Salome,...

Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 03/2024

Review of 'Richard: Strauss & Wagner'

'Richard: Strauss & Wagner'

Nearly three years after I welcomed his fine disc of Strauss songs built around the humorous Krämerspiegel, Op 66 (7/21),...

Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 03/2024

Review of STANFORD ‘Cushendall – Irish Song Cycles’

STANFORD ‘Cushendall – Irish Song Cycles’

Top billing on the booklet cover of this latest and most welcome Stanford release from Somm goes to the 1910...

Reviewed by Andrew Achenbach in issue: 03/2024

Review of SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin (Klaus Florian Vogt)

SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin (Klaus Florian Vogt)

Heldentenors have a surprisingly respectable recorded history in the most introspective of Schubert lieder, and Klaus Florian Vogt has the...

Reviewed by David Patrick Stearns in issue: 03/2024

Review of Angela Gheorghiu: A Te, Puccini

Angela Gheorghiu: A Te, Puccini

The discovery of a lost Puccini song might prompt shrugs from those who don’t know the composer actually wrote any....

Reviewed by David Patrick Stearns in issue: 03/2024

Review of MOZART Requiem (Jansons)

MOZART Requiem (Jansons)

Mariss Jansons recorded the Requiem in concert in Amsterdam a little under six years before this Munich performance, with two...

Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 03/2024

Review of LASSUS 'The Alchemist' Vol 1

LASSUS 'The Alchemist' Vol 1

For lovers of 16th-century music there can be few nuts harder to crack than the Magnificat settings of Lassus. There...

Reviewed by David Fallows in issue: 03/2024

Review of M HAYDN Die Ährenleserin

M HAYDN Die Ährenleserin

'Haydn has no talent for musical theatre’, wrote Leopold Mozart about his Salzburg colleague Michael Haydn. Wolfgang Brunner and the...

Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 03/2024

Review of HANDEL Theodora (Cohen)

HANDEL Theodora (Cohen)

‘More prescient and pertinent with every performance’ is how Ruth Smith describes Theodora in a typically astute booklet note for...

Reviewed by Lindsay Kemp in issue: 03/2024

Review of A BONONCINI Cantate per Contralto con Violini

A BONONCINI Cantate per Contralto con Violini

This recording was made in the monastery of St Florian, near Linz in Austria, where Alois Mühlbacher was a choirboy....

Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 03/2024

Review of Déjà-rêvé: Dialogues Across Time (Klavierduo Neeb)

Déjà-rêvé: Dialogues Across Time (Klavierduo Neeb)

Ever since Bartók’s 1937 Sonata, the medium of two pianos and percussion has exerted a compelling fascination on contemporary composers,...

Reviewed by David Fanning in issue: 03/2024

Review of VILLA-LOBOS 'Do Brazil' (Wilhem Latchoumia)

VILLA-LOBOS 'Do Brazil' (Wilhem Latchoumia)

The La Dolce Volta label’s high-end production values have always befitted Wilhem Latchoumia’s intelligent musicianship and cultivated pianism. Collectors familiar...

Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2024


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