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‘LATINO’ Guitar works by Brouwer, Piazzolla, Ponce, Villa-Lobos and others Miloš Karadaglić gtr DG 479 0063GH ‘Karadaglic´ is a guitarist of superior musical and technical gifts who allows his personality to sing through the music with taste and intelligence.’

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HANDEL Alceste Early Opera Company / Christian Curnyn Chandos CHAN0788 ‘Curnyn and his trim period band give full value to the music’s sensuous charm, phrasing alluringly in the slower numbers and keeping the rhythms lithe and springy.’

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‘ARIAS FOR GUADAGNI’ Iestyn Davies counterten Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Hyperion CDA67924 ‘While his watchwords were dramatic intensity and emotional truth, Guadagni could match all comers for agility…Davies is no slouch either.’

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MONTEVERDI Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria La Venexiana / Claudio Cavina Glossa GCD920920 ‘Monteverdi’s skilful and subtle opera, presented with honesty and understanding by performers with nothing to prove about how well they know their business.’

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DVD BRUCKNER Symphony No 5 Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado Accentus ACC20243 ‘Abbado is invariably the main focus of attention and he’s wonderful to watch: theatrical posing and outsize gestures are evidently foreign to his nature.’

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Reissue/Archive BRAHMS Symphony No 3 ELGAR Symphony No 1 BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult ICA Classics ICAC5063 ‘This is a traversal of towering perception, possessing an edge-ofseat thrust, entrancing wholeness of vision and extraordinary emotional candour.’

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Reviewed this month: 580 minutes of Beethoven; 319 minutes of Bach; 4 minutes of Brouwer

ORCHESTRAL

JoAnn Falletta chooses Holst to open her account in Ulster; Thomas Trotter records Poulenc and Saint-Saëns in New Zealand

CHAMBER

Bottesini’s bass works; downloadable Finzi; Mendelssohn from the Minettis; new music from the New York JACK Quartet

INSTRUMENTAL

Beethoven sonatas performed by Bavouzet, Siirala, Denk and Pressler; Hamelin’s Haydn; guitar music of Latin America

VOCAL

The St John Passion explored; Mozart from St Paul’s Cathedral choir; Zelenka’s sacred masterpieces; Miah Persson in recital

OPERA

Cavalli’s Jason on film; Traviatas old and new; Elder’s Hallé Walküre; heroic arias from Klaus Florian Vogt

BOOKS

The triumphs and tragedies of American maverick Henry Cowell; the life and career of Charles Munch, an often-overlooked great

REPLAY

Ernest Ansermet on Eloquence; Wilhelm Backhaus’s Beethoven; Brahms by his friends and pupils; Toscanini’s Schubert

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

Harriet Smith searches beyond the Octet to reveal the finest recordings of Felix Mendelssohn’s chamber music

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Caroline Gill looks back over 80 years of recordings of Debussy’s sole String Quartet and picks her favourites

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