Reviews

Review of PAER Agnese (Fasolis)

PAER Agnese (Fasolis)

Ferdinando Paer (1771-1839) is best known nowadays as the composer of Leonora (1804), based on the same subject as Fidelio,...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Tim Ashley in issue: 04/2020

Review of HANDEL Almira (O'Dette & Stubbs)

HANDEL Almira (O'Dette & Stubbs)

Handel’s first opera, Almira (January 1705), is the only one of his juvenile works for Hamburg’s Gänsemarkt theatre that survives...

CPO
Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 04/2020

Review of DONIZETTI Enrico di Borgogna (De Marchi)

DONIZETTI Enrico di Borgogna (De Marchi)

When a director turns an opera eroica into a meta-theatrical farce, one has to question whether she happens to believe...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 04/2020

Review of Salve, Salve, Salve: Josquin's Spanish Legacy

Salve, Salve, Salve: Josquin's Spanish Legacy

All roads lead to Josquin, even those routed through the Iberian peninsula. This superb new recording from Owen Rees and...

Signum
Reviewed by Edward Breen in issue: 04/2020

Review of Fading (The Gesualdo Six)

Fading (The Gesualdo Six)

Ingeniously programmed and impeccably delivered, with that undefinable excitement that comes from a group of musicians working absolutely as one,...

Hyperion
Reviewed by Alexandra Coghlan in issue: 04/2020

Review of The Contrast: English Poetry in Song

The Contrast: English Poetry in Song

Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton’s new album takes its name from the penultimate song of Walton’s A Song for the...

BIS
Reviewed by Tim Ashley in issue: 04/2020

Review of TOMKINS O Give Thanks Unto the Lord: Choral Works

TOMKINS O Give Thanks Unto the Lord: Choral Works

Along with Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons (and, later, Purcell), Thomas Tomkins was a member of the Chapel Royal – the...

Resonus Classics
Reviewed by Alexandra Coghlan in issue: 04/2020

Review of SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe's Faust (Barenboim)

SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe's Faust (Barenboim)

Music for the Faust drama? Goethe always proposed Mozart, albeit posthumously, but Schumann – despite nerves about composing music for...

Arthaus Musik
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 04/2020

Review of PARRY Judith (Vann)

PARRY Judith (Vann)

Hands up: how many of us have laughed at Ernest Newman’s quip about Parry ‘sickening for another oratorio’ without ever...

Chandos
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 04/2020

Review of MATHIAS Choral Music

MATHIAS Choral Music

Even in more reflective vein, as with the gently swaying Ave verum corpus completed shortly before his death in 1992,...

Naxos
Reviewed by Marc Rochester in issue: 04/2020

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