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Release Date: 9/10/2021
Label: Naxos
Number of Discs: 2
Performer: Bernard Deletre , Bernard Richter , Cyril Auvity ...
Conductor: William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants , Compagnie Fêtes Galantes

The physically and vocally taxing role of Atys is superbly realized by German tenor, Bernard Richter. The French soprano, Emmanuelle De Negri, is an excellent Sangaride, with the creamy voice of the mezzo, Stephanie d’Oustrac, as Cybele, completing the love triangle.

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Release Date: 8/6/2021
Number of Discs: 2
Performer: Andrzej Filończyk , Corinna Scheurle , Dean Power ...
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko

The work's comeback may have reached its peak at the Bavarian State Opera. It’s difficult to imagine a better case for Die tote Stadt than was made in Munich. - New York TImes

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Release Date: 6/25/2021
Label: Accentus
Number of Discs: 8
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

This Leipzig Ninth is Chailly off the leash, liberating the music in a way that is impassioned, positive, fitfully fractured and often ethereal. He flicks the Symphony's heartbeat opening into action with the most economical of gestures.

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Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Naxos
Number of Discs: 2
Conductor: Marc Minkowski

Vocally, and visually, the cast is outstanding. Soprano Inva Mula is ravishing vocally and beautiful of countenance, while tenor Charles Castronova has a nice ringing tone to the top of his voice.

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Release Date: 5/14/2021
Label: Accentus
Number of Discs: 4

Flórez gives the performance of his career as a hero who knows that death is where passion is fulfilled. Anna Stéphany’s Charlotte, by turns terrified, tender and tearful, is with him all the way.

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Release Date: 3/19/2021
Label: C Major
Number of Discs: 1

In the Brahms, Lisa Batiashvili is overtly lyrical, Gautier Capuçon tonally full-throated. The perfectly paced, sensitive, and deeply musical Romeo and Juliet is simply gripping. The concluding Les préludes is vividly performed and skillfully navigated.

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Release Date: 3/19/2021
Label: Dynamic
Number of Discs: 2
Performer: Francesca Verga , Manuel Pierattelli , Marko Mimica ...
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Orchestra/Ensemble: Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra , Piacenza Municipal Theatre Chorus

Andrea Bernard creates a dark and violent modern world, highly convincing for this disturbing work. Splendidly played and sung, it captures the vigor of Hugo’s play which underpins the narrative as well as the archly romantic musical lines Donizetti spins for our delight.

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Release Date: 12/11/2020
Label: Accentus
Number of Discs: 3
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” shows a dynamic use of tempo. The first movement has lovely woodwind solos, particularly the important ones for clarinet. There is fine attention to dynamics, particularly in the second and fourth movements.

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Release Date: 12/4/2020
Label: Sony
Number of Discs: 9
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet

The late quartets open with really nice recordings of the Nos. 12 and 13, with the first of these being particularly fine. The final disc houses the 15th and 16th quartets, which again receive fairly good recordings.

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Release Date: 11/20/2020
Label: C Major
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Hélène Grimaud

Grimaud is a pianist ideally suited for the repertoire included in this program. She possesses a prodigious technique, a broad color palette, and a patrician sense of phrasing. The artistic level of this collaborative recital is of a very high order.

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