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MILANO ‘Il Divino’ Paul O’Dette lute Harmonia Mundi HMU90 7557 ‘A truly ravishing programme in which Milano’s masterly control of drama is fully brought out by O’Dette’s highly expressive, cantabile and colouristic playing.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 73

QUILTER ‘The Complete Quilter Songbook, Vol 1’ Mark Stone bar Stephen Barlow pf Stone Records 5060192 ‘Mark Stone could not be more sensitive in his response to the words with his remarkably clear dictionp and Stephen Barlow is comparably understanding.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 82

‘A TRIBUTE TO FAUSTINA BORDONI’ Opera Arias Vivica Genaux mez Cappella Gabetta / Andrés Gabetta DHM 88691 94459 2 ‘Cappella Gabetta accompany with considerable warmth. I cannot remember enjoying Genaux’s singing more than this.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 89

‘I VIAGGI DI FAUSTINA’ Opera Arias Roberta Invernizzi sop I Turchini / Antonio Florio Glossa GCD922606 ‘Invernizzi’s beautiful slow singing and the sensitive string band are breathtaking in the siciliano “Un guardo solo ancor” from Vinci’s Il trionfo di Camilla.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 89

DVD/Blu-ray BRITTEN Peter Grimes Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Robin Ticciati Opus Arte OA1103D; OABD7119D ‘An outstanding Grimes and the clearest evocation of the scares and terrors that lie beneath the work.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 86

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Reissue/Archive KALABIS Orchestral Works Various soloists, orchestras and conductors Supraphon Archiv SU4109 2 ‘There are fine performances by all the soloists here, ably accompanied by the cream of Prague’s orchestras.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 57

This month: pianists playing Britten – 1; pianists playing Bach – 3; pianists playing Wagner – 4

ORCHESTRAL

Solo concertos by Bach, Brian, Britten, Holmboe, Kalabis and Tchaikovsky; Joby Talbot’s Alice suite; a new Ballet Russes disc

CHAMBER

The Tokyo’s farewell; the Molinari continue their Schnittke survey; contemporary clarinet quintets; minimalism from Kremer and co

INSTRUMENTAL

Two sets of Bach piano transcriptions by numerous composers; lute music from Paul O’Dette; Haydn and Chopin piano sonatas

VOCAL

A pair of St Matthew Passions and a pair of Mozart Requiems; The Sixteen conclude their Monteverdi series; a Passion by Saariaho

OPERA

Two discs pay tribute to Handel’s favourite mezzo; Rossini’s Magpie live from Italy; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin live from Spain

BOOKS

Michael Haas’s examination of Jewish composers banned by the Nazi regime; Reed and Cooke’s sixth and final volume of Britten’s letters

REPLAY

Furtwängler at the height of his powers; Koussevitzky in Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky; complete EMI recordings with Silvestri

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

Adrian Edwards looks at suites composed post-Tchaikovsky and selects 10 of the best examples and their recordings

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THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Mike Ashman tackles Verdi’s much-ridiculed opera Il trovatore, many recordings of which blow all criticism out of the water

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