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Wed 07 Dec, 2016:
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (New Concert Edition by Sir Andrew Davis)

HIP-sters be warned: here’s a Messiah to divide opinion. Andrew Davis’s 'new concert edition' springs out of the speakers with all the glossy pomp...

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Thu 01 Dec, 2016:
Wagner: Die Walküre

Jaap van Zweden’s second instalment in his Naxos Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic continues, as Evan Dickerson said of its predecessor,...

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Wed 30 Nov, 2016:
Stravinsky: Mass; Cantata; Ave Maria; Pater noster; Credo; Tres Sacrae Cantiones

Stravinsky intended his Mass as a work for choir with boy trebles, and the virtually unique selling point of this new recording is that trebles are...

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Mon 28 Nov, 2016:
Mozart: Don Giovanni, K 527

These CDs are beautifully presented in a hard-cover book, which includes the libretto and a discussion with conductor Teodor Currentzis. Although I...

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Fri 18 Nov, 2016:
Songs from Our Ancestors: Music by John Dowland, Ruan Ji, Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, Xu Changjun, Dominick Argento, Chen Yi, Stephen Goss and Anonymous

A first disc from London’s Globe Theatre offers a fine introduction for those outside the capital to the venue’s musical programme. Recorded in...

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Mon 14 Nov, 2016:
Pärt: Da pacem Domine; Triodion; Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen; Nunc dimittis; Dopo la vittoria; Virgencita; The Woman with the Alabaster Box; Tribute to Caesar

Perhaps the most magical episode here occurs 2:56 into the third ‘Ode’ from Triodion (1998), ‘O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray unto God for Us’,...

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Tue 08 Nov, 2016:
Stanford: Stabat Mater, Op 96; Song to the Soul, Op 97a; The Resurrection

Stanford aficionados and lovers of English choral music will want to add this attractive, warmly played, luminously sung recital to their collections....

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Mon 07 Nov, 2016:
Anna Netrebko: Verismo – Arias by Cilea, Giordano, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Catalani, Boito and Ponchielli

In my review of 12 September 2013, I urged caution when approaching Anna Netrebko’s selection of Verdi arias, suggesting that the darkening of her...

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Thu 03 Nov, 2016:
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492

The fourth of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s survey of Mozart’s mature operas from the Baden-Baden Festival is every bit as good as the first three...

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Fri 21 Oct, 2016:
Berkeley: Stabat Mater; Mass for five voices; Judica me; Michael Berkeley: Touch Light

Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater (1947) was commissioned by Peter Pears for an English Opera Group tour, hence the modest forces of six singers and 12...

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Thu 20 Oct, 2016:
Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op 145a; Schoenberg: Kol Nidrei, Op 39

The first time I heard the orchestral version of Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti was on a 1970s BBC Radio 3 broadcast by...

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Wed 19 Oct, 2016:
Dett: The Ordering of Moses

Captured live at a Carnegie Hall performance in 2014, this first recording of The Ordering of Moses, a ‘Biblical Folk Scene’ by Ontario-born R...

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