Classical Music Reviews

Wagner: Arias (Rutherford, Bergen Philharmonic/Litton)

Young Brit joins new generation of eminent Wagnerians

Bach: St. John Passion (Academy of Ancient Music/Egarr)

An enlightened resurrection of Bach's original St. John Passion

CPE Bach: Württenmberg Sonatas (Esfahani)

Harpsichord master takes us on a remarkable keyboard adventure

Dvořák, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (Sitkovetsky Trio)

An Australian bound, gifted Brit threesome shows its Czech mettle

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 (Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)

Russian bears do excitement at the expense of the character

Che Puro Ciel (Mehta, Akademie für Alto Musik Berlin/Jacobs)

Mehta and Jacobs prove that it's not just all about Gluck

Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Master Choral, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel)

Dudamel and Co illuminate a passionate choral cry for peace

Johnson, Dowland et al: Jacobean Lute Music (Lindberg)

King of the lute explores the music of a King of England

Edwards, Einaudi, Bart et al: Such A Sky (Manis, Gould)

Improvisatory imaginations roam from Ross Edwards to Lionel Bart

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto et al (Fröst, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen)

Delightful Mozart from the Fred Astaire of the clarinet

Gounod: Complete works for pedal piano (Prosseda)

Utterly obscure works for an utterly obscure instrument? Yes please...

Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor (Villazon, LSO/Pappano)

Prepare to enter an olde Mozartian curiositie shoppe

Amore (Calleja, BBC Concert Orchestra/Mercurio)

Calleja’s lovesongs are a bit too Maltese-schmaltese

Between Worlds (Avital)

Avital’s world tour manages to take the mandolin out of Italy

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (Isserlis, Levin)

Isserlis takes an exhaustive tour through Beethoven’s work for cello

Reger: Orchestral Works (Norrköping Symphony/Sergerstam)

A valuable reissue with some polished performances

Mozart: Violin works (Ray Chen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival/Eschenbach)

Three cheers for Chen as Brisbane boy makes Mozart

Sibelius: Masonic Ritual Music (Lahti Symphony/Kuusisto)

Musical curious reveal the famous Finn's Masonic connections

Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Macbeth (Various)

A trio of treasures in a bargain box of value for money Verdi
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