Reviews

Review of WAGNER Die Walküre (Pappano)

WAGNER Die Walküre (Pappano)

The history of performances of Wagner’s Ring cycle at London’s Covent Garden Opera House has been an enigmatic one. Artistic...

Opus Arte
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 06/2020

Review of PURCELL The Fairy Queen (McCreesh)

PURCELL The Fairy Queen (McCreesh)

The dramatic function of Purcell’s music within Thomas Betterton’s extravagant adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is not as tenuous...

Signum
Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 06/2020

Review of OFFENBACH Les contes d’Hoffmann (Rizzi)

OFFENBACH Les contes d’Hoffmann (Rizzi)

Hoffmann is a contemporary artist with stubble and a man-bun. A photographer, perhaps – screen prints and collages of his...

C Major
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 06/2020

Review of MORLACCHI Tebaldo e Isolina (Fogliani)

MORLACCHI Tebaldo e Isolina (Fogliani)

Francesco Morlacchi doesn’t exactly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his contemporary, Gioachino Rossini. Both composed a Barbiere di Siviglia – Morlaccchi’s actually...

Naxos
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 06/2020

Review of LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci (Galli)

LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci (Galli)

It might seem strange that, six months after releasing a Cavalleria rusticana from Florence’s Maggio Musicale (10/19), Dynamic should be...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 06/2020

Review of GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess (Robertson)

GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess (Robertson)

As a souvenir of a great night in the theatre this attractively designed own-label Metropolitan Opera release merits a warm...

Guild Historical
Reviewed by David Gutman in issue: 8/2008

Review of HANDEL Music for the Carmelite Vespers

HANDEL Music for the Carmelite Vespers

This problematically titled album explores numerous composers who participated in the annual feast of the Madonna del Carmine (July 16)...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 06/2020

Review of Les plaisirs du Louvre

Les plaisirs du Louvre

The pleasures here are not concerned with the pictures and sculpture of the present-day museum but with musical activity in...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 06/2020

Review of STRADELLA San Giovanni Battista

STRADELLA San Giovanni Battista

San Giovanni Battista was composed in 1675 for performance in the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome. Although...

Alpha
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 06/2020

Review of SCHUBERT Schwanengesang BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte (Roderick Williams)

SCHUBERT Schwanengesang BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte (Roderick Williams)

While recently hearing Matthias Goerne’s deadly serious Beethoven Lieder disc (DG, 4/20), I kept thinking that what this music really...

Chandos
Reviewed by David Patrick Stearns in issue: 06/2020

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