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Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano

'... Verdi patriotic is not necessarily Verdi at his most subtle.'
Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano. © 2012 C Major Entertainment
C Major Entertainment   722608
Reviewed 08/05/2013 by
Robert Anderson
Verdi: Il Corsaro

'... a very sensitive staging ...'
Verdi: Il Corsaro. © 2012 C Major Entertainment GmbH
C Major Entertainment   722408
Reviewed 21/04/2013 by
Robert Anderson
Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade

'... sound and visuals are top-drawer stuff.'
Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade. © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 650
Reviewed 20/04/2013 by
Gerald Fenech
Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Iphigénie en Tauride

'The musical performance under Marc Minkowski is more convincing than the staging ...'
Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Iphigénie en Tauride. © 2013 De Nederlandse Opera, Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1099 D
Reviewed 24/03/2013 by
Robert Anderson
Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (first recording)

'... the Bologna singers and players ... respond finely to every nuance ...'
Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (first recording). © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 646
Reviewed 08/03/2013 by
Robert Anderson
George Frideric Handel: Deidamia

'Musically the opera bowls along with both speed and distinction; visually it is vaudeville.'
George Frideric Handel: Deidamia. © 2012 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1088 D
Reviewed 30/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata

'... expertly conducted by Daniele Callegari and imaginatively staged by Lamberto Puggelli.'
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata. © 2012 C Major Entertainment
C Major   720608
Reviewed 25/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Rossini: Mosè in Egitto

'Musically all is well ...'
Rossini: Mosè in Egitto. © 2012 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1093 D
Reviewed 18/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Bach: Christmas Oratorio

'... musically reliable ...'
Bach: Christmas Oratorio. © 2011 BRmedia Service GmbH
BR Klassik   900502
Reviewed 01/12/2012 by
Howard Smith
Puccini: La bohème

'... Park is suitably distraught ...'
Giacomo Puccini: La bohème. © 2011 Opera Australia
Opera Australia   OPOZ56017DVD
Reviewed 10/11/2012 by
Howard Smith
Sciarrino: Luci mie traditrici

'... quite eclectic ...'
Sciarrino: Luci mie traditrici. © 2012 EuroArts Music International GmbH
EuroArts   2059038
Reviewed 22/10/2012 by
Giuseppe Pennisi
Carl Orff: Gisei - das opfer

'An exciting discovery ...'
Carl Orff: Gisei - das opfer. © 2012 Wergo
Wergo   MV 0856 5
Reviewed 16/10/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
Bruckner: Symphony No 7
Berliner Philharmoniker / Celibidache

'Celibidache is in no hurry ...'
Celibidache conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker. Bruckner: Symphony No 7. © 2012 EuroArts
EuroArts   2011408
Reviewed 15/10/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Rossini: Le Comte Ory

'Joyce DiDonato, as Ory's promiscuous young page Isolier, is absolutely irrepressible ...'
Rossini: Le Comte Ory. © 2011 The Metropolitan Opera / EMI Records Ltd / Virgin Classics
Virgin Classics   0709599 3
Reviewed 09/10/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

'Musically the performance deserves all the applause it gets.'
Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette. © 2011 Bel Air Media
Bel Air Classiques   BAC081
Reviewed 07/10/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Big River Songs - The Tyne

'... a rich cavalcade of internationally known and local singers ...'
Big River Songs - The Tyne. © 2011 MWM
Mawson and Wareham Music   MWMDVD78
Reviewed 16/09/2012 by
Howard Smith
Thibault Cauvin's Across China

'... a catalogue of missed opportunities.'
Thibault Cauvin's 'Across China'. A film by Nicolas Pierre Morin. © 2010 D'Addario
D'Addario   ACTHC
Reviewed 26/06/2012 by
Howard Smith
Cavalli: Il Giasone

'... the sense of fun detracts somewhat from the high drama ...'
Cavalli: Il Giasone. © 2012 Dynamic Srl
Dynamic   33663
Reviewed 27/05/2012 by
Robert Anderson
Quartet Choreography - Kreutzer Quartet

'... whimsical, fickle and modernistic ...'
Quartet Choreography - Kreutzer Quartet. Works by Stravinsky, Ligeti, Lutoslawski and Finnissy. © 2012 Divine Art Ltd
metier   msvdx101
Reviewed 05/05/2012 by
Howard Smith
Benjamin Yusupov's Viola Tango Rock Concerto

'The work has a substance and impact that took me quite by storm.'
Benjamin Yusupov: 'Viola Tango Rock Concerto. © 2011 Navona Records LLC
Navona Records   NV5865
Reviewed 14/04/2012 by
Howard Smith
Verdi: Macbeth - Royal Opera House

'... almost unbearable intensity and shimmering sonority.'
Verdi: Macbeth - Royal Opera House. © 2012 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1063 D
Reviewed 12/03/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
Tim Kliphuis and Friends - Live at Iford Manor

'... very much music for relaxation ...'
Tim Kliphuis and Friends - Live at Iford Manor. © 2011 Tim Kliphuis, Iford Recordings
Iford Recordings   IFORDDVD01
Reviewed 07/03/2012 by
Bill Newman
Magifique - Tchaikovsky Suites

'Sound and visuals are first-rate.'
Magifique - Tchaikovsky Suites. © 2011 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 585
Reviewed 10/02/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
The Grand Organ of Exeter Cathedral - Andrew Millington

'... Millington on fine form ...'
The Grand Organ of Exeter Cathedral - Andrew Millington. © 2011 Priory Records Ltd
Priory   PRDVD 7
Reviewed 19/01/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
Cyprien Katsaris live in Shanghai, October 2007

'... fluent, songlike, and brilliant in concept ...'
Cyprien Katsaris live in Shanghai, October 2007. © 2010 Piano 21
Piano 21   P21 035-N
Reviewed 03/01/2012 by
Bill Newman

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