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 New  Offer Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Christian Gerhaher (Pelléas), Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande), Bernarda Fink (Geneviève), Franz-Josef Selig (Arkel), Gerald Finley (Golaud), Elias Mädler (Yniold), Joshua Bloom ((Shepherd/Doctor)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Kožená’s Melisande has a firm streak of red-blooded coquettish defiance that is effective, even if it belies the character’s customary blanched fragility. Christian Gerhaher’s Pélleas is similarly... More…

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3 SACD + 1 Blu-ray audio

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 Offer Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61 & Overture, Op. 21

Ceri-Lyn Cissone (narrator), Alexander Knox (narrator) & Frankie Wakefield (narrator)

London Symphony Orchestra & The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

…much to enjoy here…pinpoint precision of melody-carrying flutes and violins, the sure footed bass and above all a sense that the composer is being taken seriously. More…

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 New  Offer Sibelius: Tapiola, En Saga & 8 Songs

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Lintu’s Tapiola does indeed settle into one of the finest performances on record, reconciling the obvious with the mysterious...Again, [En Saga] is a superb performance: rich down below, perky... More…

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 New  Offer Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, Four Last Songs & Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano), Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier (pianos), Roderick Williams (baritone)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Either [Lortie] or Hélène Mercier could probably polish off the original [Concerto] by themselves, but their partnership develops its intensity without strain, particularly attractive in rich... More…

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 Offer Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Rhythmically very taut, clean and just a little unusual…The conductor holds focus in what can sometimes be a turgid sequel to the opening funeral march; the scherzo flies…And the finale is just... More…

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 New  Offer Grandissima Gravita

Music by Pisenel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi

Rachel Podger (violin)

Brecon Baroque

Her playing is intoxicated and intoxicating in equal measure, buoyed up by the wonderful improvisatory camaraderie of a continuo battery…Podger, inevitably, is the star, but ultimately the disc’s... More…

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 Offer Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu

Kamu offers an [easy] sense of movement… intense quiet dynamics and clarity in perfect equilibrium with atmosphere. There's plenty of excitement too: the scherzo of the Second is truly vivacissimo…Three,... More…

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3 SACDs

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 Offer Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50

Sally Matthews (Peri), Mark Padmore (narrator), Kate Royal (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Andrew Staples (tenor), Florian Boesch (bass), Soloists from Guildhall School (Quartet)

London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle

Vivid detail and clear choral textures come over quite stunningly on both formats, but the Blu-ray has the edge...Sally Matthews doesn't quite catch the ethereal quality Gardiner's Barbara Bonney... More…

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The Chiaroscuro Quartet revel in the composer's play of ideas...It was the interpretation of No. 5 that blind-sided me on a first listening...This is a deeply absorbing reading, and can make... More…

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 Offer Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Gerhild Romberger (alto)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Cantemus Children's Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Iván Fischer

As vivid a performance as one would expect. That stylishly lazy trombone, a dying monster, is emblematic of the characteristic licence the conductor gives to his splendid Budapest players…the... More…

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