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JS BACH ‘Cantatas, Vol 55’ Soloists; Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki BIS BIS2031 ‘This final volume highlights the maturing sense of BCJ’s growing stature and confidence to break free of generic convention towards ever greater interpretative character.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 90

LASSUS Lagrime di San Pietro Gallicantus / Gabriel Crouch Signum SIGCD339 ‘Details are tellingly lingered over, repetitions properly emphasised and the score’s illumination of an inner drama sensitively rendered.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 94

MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde Sarah Connolly mez Toby Spence ten London Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin LPO LPO0073 ‘What can there be left to say about Sarah Connolly, whose performances these days are pretty much beyond praise?’

REVIEW ON PAGE 94

VICTORIA Tenebrae Responsories Tenebrae / Nigel Short Signum SIGCD344 ‘Nigel Short and Tenebrae have produced a recording that strips all excess musical flesh aside, exposing the chilly bones of these penitential masterpieces.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 97

DVD/Blu-ray TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Robin Ticciati; Kasper Holten dir Opus Arte ◊ OA1120D; Y OABD7132D ‘Hugely recommended – ignore the off-thepace criticisms of our national press.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 102

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Reissue/Archive ‘FERNANDO GERMANI AT SELBY ABBEY’ Organ Works Fernando Germani org Selby Abbey Organ Appeal SAOA001 ‘His tempi are, at times, extremely rapid; combined with the rich brilliance of the Hill organ, this makes for thrilling listening.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 89

Reviewed this month: 3 Britten War Requiems; 3 Magic Flutes; 2 Songs of the Earth

ORCHESTRAL

Jansen selects unusual Bach ‘double’; ‘new’ Britten for strings from Camerata Nordica; Nicolas Hodges plays Iraq-war-inspired Riehm

CHAMBER

Watkins & Watkins in British cello works; Emperor and Endellion play Britten; NMC’s Cashian 50th birthday disc; Pahud’s world tour

INSTRUMENTAL

Howells’s sound world captured by organist Newsholme; Schubert from newcomer Cordelia Williams; Sofya Gulyak’s debut solo CD

VOCAL

Ticciati’s L’enfance from Sweden; three War Requiems – from Jansons and Pappano, plus the premiere; Petibon sings Poulenc

OPERA

Rattle and Summers both record Die Zauberflöte; unfamiliar Rameau from Sébastien Hérin’s group; Janowski’s Wagner cycle continues

BOOKS

Hans Keller’s writings on Britten in an edition by Wintle and Garnham; Antony Copley’s Music and the Spiritual

REPLAY

Barbirolli’s Symphonie fantastique in two recordings; Grete Sultan in a piano cornucopia; Emil Gilels live in Abbotsholme; Rosbaud, 1952-55

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

This month’s specialist, Jeremy Nicholas, picks 10 of the best recordings of seasonal organ showpieces

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Jeremy Dibble explores recordings of Vaughan Williams’s 1912 vocal-orchestral Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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